The opening T20I fixture between West Indies and Sri Lanka witnessed one of the most staggering clashes on Wednesday. Despite the tourists conceding the first T20I by 4 wickets, the match will be remembered for a long time to come. Kieron Pollard’s six sixes in an over snatched the limelight off Akila Dananjaya’s hat-trick in the same match.
WI vs SL, 1st T20I: Report
Opting to bowl first, West Indies did a commendable job to restrict Sri Lanka to a below average total in Antigua. Niroshan Dickwella’s 33 and Pathum Nissanka’s 39 were the only standard scores from the visiting side. None of the Sri Lankan batsmen made any contribution of note.
For Windies, debutant Kevin Sinclair picked up his maiden T20I wicket. All the bowlers returned with wickets as the hosts put up a clinical performance with the ball.
After a solid start from Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons, Akila struck with a hat-trick in the fourth over. He sent Lewis, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran to become only the third Sri Lankan to bag a hat-trick in T20Is.
The hosts were suddenly straddling on 52/3 chasing 132 runs. However, Pollard and Jason Holder powered Windies to a 4-wicket win.
Pollard’s six sixes in an over
Picking up 2 from 4 balls, Pollard went big when Akila came to bowl his 3rd over. His first six went high over long-on, the second one straight into the sight screen, the third over long-off, while the fourth six was sent to the mid-wicket region, well over the fence. The fifth one went over the long on region and the sixth over the midwicket boundary.
Pollard became the third player in international cricket – after Herschelle Gibbs (ODI) and Yuvraj Singh (T20I) – to score six sixes in an over.