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Barbados Tridents captain Kieron Pollard smashed a scintillating 63 to not only crush the Jamaica Tallawahs by 88 runs, but also book his side a spot in the final of Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Despite finishing 6-3 like Jamaica, the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel and the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Barbados were able to secure a spot in the final due to their superior net run rate.
Pollard would have been brooding over his decision to bat first after opening batsman Dwyane Smith was caught by Andre Russell at long-off off the bowling of Daniel Vettori for 32.
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik only made three runs before he was also caught by Russell off the bowling of Vettori.
Raymon Reifer also made three runs before he was caught by David Bernard off the bowling of Rusty Theron.
William Perkins managed to make 36 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Theron.
Pollard and Jeevan Mendis stabilised the innings with a 57-run partnership, during which Pollard brought up his half-century, before Mendis was run out by Jerome Taylor for 17.
Pollard ended up making 63 off just 36 balls, which included four boundaries and five sixes, before he was clean bowled by Theron.
Theron struck again the very next ball when he cleaned up Kyle Mayers for a golden duck.
Jason Holder made a quickfire 12 before his stumps were shattered by Russell.
Barbados eventually finished on 175/8 off their 20 overs.
Theron was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Vettori snapped up two and Russell chipped in with one.
Chasing 176 to win, Jamaica got off to a horrendous start as captain Chris Gayle was given out lbw off the bowling of Ravi Rampaul for just one run.
Chadwick Walton fared no better as he was caught behind off the bowling of Holder for five runs.
Adam Voges mustered 10 runs before he was run out by Holder.
Following Voges’ dismissal, Jamaica’s middle and lower order, with the exception of Nkrumah Bonner, completely folded as they went from 47/3 to 87 all out. .
Bonner was the only batsman to resist against Barbados’ onslaught as he amassed 47 runs, which came off 40 balls and included three boundaries and two sixes, before he was finally caught by Rayad Emrit at deep midwicket off the bowling of Mendis.
Mendis, Emrit and Ashley Nurse took two wickets apiece, while Holder and Rampaul claimed one wicket each.
Pollard was named Man of the Match for his brilliant knock of 63.