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Pollards Pyrotechnics leave Tridents short of Tallawahs

Kieron Pollard’s 62 off just 33 balls single-handedly took the Tridents to the brink of victory but a lack of support from his team-mates meant that when he was dismissed off the last ball of the 19th over, the Tridents hopes of victory went with him. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A sensational lone-hand from Kieron Pollard was not quite enough to take Barbados Tridents home in a thrilling Caribbean Premier League 20/20 match in Lauderhill, Florida on Saturday August 5, 2017.

Chasing an improbable 155 to win on a slow pitch, the Tridents slid to 54 for 5, requiring a further 101 off 48 balls when Pollard played one of the great Hero CPL innings. 

Pollard’s 62 off just 33 balls single-handedly took the Tridents to the brink of victory but a lack of support from his team-mates meant that when he was dismissed off the last ball of the 19th over, the Tridents hopes of victory went with him. 

After a cautious start, Pollard’s power took the slow pitch out of the equation and he muscled six sixes and two fours in an astonishing assault. He was aided by some wayward bowling from the Tallawahs but the enormity of the task at hand demanded more than just poor bowling. 

Every time the match seemed to be slipping away from the Tridents, Pollard responded with muscular power, heaving boundaries over the leg side and clubbing them down the ground. When he took 18 off the 18th over, bowled by Shakib, reducing the equation to 25 off 12 balls, the match finally seemed within the Tridents grasp. 

However, a superb over of death bowling from Mohammad Sami, who finished with 4 for 12, stopped Pollard at the last hurdle. After conceding just five from the first five balls, Sami dismissed the key man as he attempted an audacious ramp shot off the last ball of the over. 

The Tallawahs’ total of 154-5 was the highest of the season to date, and on a sluggish pitch, the Tridents were faced with a tough task and so it proved.

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