Kieron Pollard led from the front, scoring 72 from just 28 balls, taking a thrilling two-wicket victory for Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in a Caribbean Premier League 2020 (CPL) match on Saturday. Looking for 149 to win against Barbados Tridents, TKR struggled after losing four wickets in the first eight overs. Pollard, however, hit superbly to give his team an unlikely win, keep their unbeaten streak intact and further cement their position at the top of the points table. When Pollard crossed the line in the 13th, the scoreboard was 62/5, which quickly became 77/6. It was a Pollard show from then on, as he took most of the battle and went deep into the competition.
Pollard hit nine sixes in his blistering knock:
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Pollard’s confidence in his ability was reflected in the fact that when they needed 70 runs in the last five overs, he decided to defend Rashid Khan’s over, yielding just four runs.
However, Pollard hit the accelerator in the 17th of the innings and hit young leg spinner Hayden Walsh four sixes to turn the tide.
Pollard then crossed two boundaries in the next, spawning a blistering half-century with just 22 balls.
Barbados skipper Jason Holder sensed the danger and charged himself to throw the penultimate over, but Pollard showed no mercy and collected two more sixes in his left, reducing the equation to 15 needed from six balls.
The all-rounder of the Mumbai Indians started the last over with a six, but got away on the next ball in an attempt to get back to work.
However, Khary Pierre skipped a six on the fourth ball to even the game and took a single from the penultimate episode to seal the win.
Kieron Pollard was named Man of the Match for his incredible strike, including two fours and nine hits over the fence. They will then face Jamaica Tallawahs at Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad on September 1.
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