West Indian limited-overs skipper Kieron Pollard played one of the most blistering innings of his T20 career on Saturday. Kieron Pollard did that for the Trinbago Knight Riders vs Barbados Tridents in 17th match of the CPL 2020, scripting a come-from-behind victory and maintaining their unbeaten streak. Pollard underlined the innings of 72 from 28 deliveries as one of his best so far.
While batting first Barbados Tridents amassed 147 in their stipulated 20 overs. Amongst the top five, Lendl Simmons was the only one to reach double figures while Akeal Hosein managed 12. Hence, when the skipper walked out at number seven, the Knight Riders needed to score 13 runs per over. Kieron Pollard was the eighth scalp to fall in the last over; however, he had pushed his side to the brink of victory as they crossed the finish line by two wickets to spare.
When asked what was going through Kieron Pollard’s mind when the required rate was 13 plus, the towering all-rounder highlighted that they left it for too late. However, he understood he had a couple of overs to compensate, keeping that head position right and a strong base. The 31-year old added that they targetted Hayden Walsh’s over, which was the 17th, changing the momentum for them. The Knight Riders hammered 25 from that over.
“I thought we left it too late (when he walked in) but I knew we had a couple of overs to make up. Kept that head position and a strong base. Targetted the Hayden Walsh over and that’s where the momentum turned for us,” Pollard said as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.
“Today my striking ability came into play” : Kieron Pollard
The T&T all-rounder further said that he would have a conversation with the top-order batsmen for their underwhelming performance; however, believed that being four down, it was a matter of consolidating. He backed his side to get the sixes whenever they required and named the whirlwind knock as his best thus far. Pollard’s 28-ball innings contained two fours and nine sixes, warming up for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
“We lost early wickets and were four down so it was a matter of consolidating. We had a plan, and sometimes we leave it too late, but all things being equal, we can get the sixes. (Is this his best T20 innings?) It’s up there. Today my striking ability came into play,” he added.