Kieron Pollard hits six sixes from treble man Akila Dananjaya in T20I triumph | Cricket News

ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA: West Indies captain Kieron Pollard on Wednesday became the third man to hit six sixes in an international in his side’s Twenty20 four-wicket win over Sri Lanka.
The feat came on the sixth of a strange round in the West Indies, played by Akila Dananjaya who, moments earlier, had celebrated a hat trick.
Pollard followed in the footsteps of South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs against the Netherlands in the 2007 World Cup and India’s Yuvraj Singh, who also achieved the feat in the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup against the ‘England.

Pollard was ultimately called out for 38 of 11 balls as the West Indies chased 132 to win at Coolidge Cricket Ground, reaching their goal in 14th place when Jason Holder crushed his team’s 13th six.
“I felt like I could hit six sixes after the third,” said Pollard, 33.

“Once I had five sixes I knew I had the bowler on the back foot. He was going around the wicket and it was tough for him. I was just like, ‘Go on. ”
Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews greeted his counterpart.
“Pollard, as we know, is very destructive,” said Mathews during the post-game presentation.
“What I told Akila was to go get his wicket even though he was hit for six sixes. If he had done one wrong, we could have squeezed him out. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. product.”
Only eight men have hit six sixes in a plus in all forms of cricket with fellow West Indian Garfield Sobers, the first to do so in an English county match in 1968.
West Indies forerunners Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons clubbed 52 balls out of the top 20 as the two T20 World Cup winners seemed comfortably on track.
However, after hitting three sixes on three balls off Mathews’ opening, Lewis was caught by Danushka Gunathilaka off Dananjaya for a good 28.
This brought 41-year-old Chris Gayle to the top for his first international appearance in two years.
But it only lasted one ball when it was flat on Dananjaya who then completed his hat trick by catching Nicholas Pooran by Niroshan Dickwella.
The West Indies were 52-3 which quickly grew to 62-4 when skater Wanindu Hasaranga fired Simmons, the first to score 26, before Pollard started his demolition job.
Hasaranga survived the carnage and finished with numbers 3-12 on his four overs.
Despite his hat-trick, Dananjaya’s four overs cost 62 points.
Sri Lanka, looking to win a game for the first time in a year, went 131-9 under par.
The tourists were invited to beat by the 2012 and 2016 world champions with Pathum Nissanka scoring his Sri Lanka debut by the best score with 39 balls out of 34, including four to four and one of three sixes on his team.
The 22-year-old batsman shared a second 51-point wicket partnership with opener Dickwella, who made 33.
The second and third games of the series will also take place at Coolidge Cricket Ground on March 5-7, followed by three one-day internationals and two tests.

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