CPL 2017 8th Match: Pollard’s blitz blows Stars away

Pollard hammered five boundaries and six sixes during his unbeaten knock of 83

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Barbados Tridents captain Kieron Pollard led by example as he smashed a 35-ball 83 to lead his side to a 21-run win over the St Lucia Stars via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

Choosing to bat first, the Tridents got off to a great start as Dwayne Smith and Kane Williamson amassed a 72-run partnership before Smith was dismissed by Kyle Mayers for 36.

Mayers struck again the very next ball to remove Shoaib Malik for a golden duck, while Williamson went on to make 46 before falling to New Zealand compatriot Mitchell McClenaghan.

Pollard took over from that point and dominated the 52-run partnership he put together with wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran.

Even though Pooran was sent packing for 18, Pollard proceeded to make 83 off 35 balls, which included five boundaries and six sixes, to help the Tridents finish on 196/4 off their 20 overs.

Mayers was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while McClenaghan and Jerome Taylor chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 197 to win, the Stars made a brisk start to their innings, but once Wahab Riaz got rid of openers Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher, it was Wayne Parnell’s turn to star with the ball.

Once Kamran Akmal was gone for a golden duck, Parnell took out Marlon Samuels and Shane Watson in successive deliveries. He then proceeded to remove Jesse Ryder, who made 10 runs.

With the Stars struggling at 64/6, the heavens parted not long after and halted play for a short period of time.

With only an over lost and the target revised to 193, skipper Darren Sammy tried to help his side claw their way back into the game with an entertaining knock of 60 not out, which came off 29 balls and included five boundaries and five sixes.

In the end, though, Sammy’s valiant effort went in vain as his side fell well short of their target.

Parnell was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Riaz took two and Imran Khan claimed one.

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