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Pollard led by example with both the bat and ball
The Barbados Tridents absolutely humiliated the St Lucia Zouks in front of their fans after demolishing them by a huge margin of 83 runs.
Barbados captain Kieron Pollard won the toss and elected to bat first.
However, things did not start off well for the Tridents as opening batsman Jonathan Carter was dismissed by South African all-rounder Albie Morkel for just four runs.
Despite the early loss of Carter, the Tridents continued to pile on the runs as Dwayne Smith and Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik put together a 63-run partnership at a run rate of 7.71 before Smith became Morkel’s second victim, falling just two agonising runs short of his half-century.
Smith’s 48 had come off just 38 balls and included three boundaries and three maximums.
Smith’s wicket led to the Barbados’ middle order collapsing and at one point they were struggling to score any runs with the scoreboard reading 112/5.
But, captain Pollard and Kyle Mayers came to the rescue as the pair registered a 57-run partnership at an astounding run rate of 15.54 to propel the Tridents to an impressive 175 at the end of their 20 overs.
Pollard finished unbeaten on 34 off 21 balls, which included one boundary and three sixes, while Mayers managed to score 14 runs off 10 deliveries, which included three boundaries.
Morkel and Tino Best were the pick of St Lucia’s bowlers with two wickets each, while Keon Peters and Garey Mathurin both chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing a difficult target of 176 to win, the Zouks found themselves in early trouble as three of their top batsmen were back in pavilion with only 30 runs on the board.
A 43-run partnership between South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs and Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq stabilised the innings until Gibbs was clean bowled by Rayad Emrit for 21 off 18 deliveries, which included two boundaries.
Gibbs’ wicket caused a domino effect to happen as the Zouks went from 73/4 to 92 all out.
Ul-Haq ended up finishing as the top-scorer for St Lucia, making 23 runs off 20 balls, which included one boundary and a six.
Emrit and Ashley Nurse inflicted the most damage, taking three wickets apiece, while Pollard and Shannon Gabriel both snapped up two wickets each.