86dThe Report by Peter Della Penna

Pollard blitz keeps Stars playoffs hopes alive

With 31 to win off the final three overs, the St Lucia Stars captain smashed 30 off legspinner Devendra Bishoo in the 18th over to beat Guyana Amazon Warriors by six wickets

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

ADS Fletcher
45(46) 2x4 - 1x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 20 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
4 2 8 14 4 2 7 4
KA Pollard
41(18) 4x4 - 3x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
0 4 1 2 1 20 2 11

Best performances - Bowlers

V Permaul
O4
M1
R20
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
OC McCoy
O4
M0
R23
W2
Eco5.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: Ranjith P | Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan

12.44am And just like that, it's over! Like, where did that come from? I know it's Kieron Pollard but that was stunning! In a matter of six balls, he's turned this around, smashing balls like he was facing them from 14-year old kids throwing underarm to him. A savage finish after what had seemed like a tight contest for the most part. But, hey, give away 30 runs in an over, and you don't expect it to not have a drastic effect too often! All that means Stars finally have some points up on the board, after five defeats in six matches. Pollard has had his place and role as captain questioned for a while. But this innings answers at least one of those questions. Fletcher held his ground, staying unbeaten on 45 at nearly a run a ball, but Pollard neutralises almost everything else that happened in the game in a matter of six balls. But for his solid effort, Fletcher earns the Man-of-the-Match award.

PDP with some perspective:"What a difference a week makes. Last Thursday, Pollard was giving up five sixes to Darren Bravo in a 32-run over, the most expensive in CPL history as TKR pulled off a monumental heist. Now Polly is the one crashing 30 in an over." Karmic!

So that's that then. As always, your comments were engaging and entertaining. Keep 'em coming for tomorrow's double-header. For now, off you go!

18.1
1
Emrit to Fletcher, 1 run, more short stuff, this time from the medium-pacer, not quite a forceful boundary, but just as easily pulled out to square leg. And that's all they need!

Just one to win now!

END OF OVER:
18 | 30 Runs | STARS: 140/4 (1 run required from 12 balls, RR: 7.77, RRR: 0.50)

  • KA Pollard41 (18b)
  • ADS Fletcher44 (45b)
  • D Bishoo4-0-54-1
  • Imran Tahir4-0-18-1
17.6
4
Bishoo to Pollard, FOUR runs, start with a bang and end it with a bang! No, like, I mean BANG down the ground to one that's pitched up with enough room to swing a mini-truck!
17.5
4
Bishoo to Pollard, FOUR runs, cover your face and get down on your knees.. Rapidly! For this is shovelled straight back. I'm blacking out watching these shots on TV! Can imagine what it must be like out there
17.4
6
Bishoo to Pollard, SIX runs, too full and too much width.. can't bowl there, I'm afraid, mate. If you do, you get pulverised, like this one which soars way over long-off and never seems like it'll drop down
17.3
4
Bishoo to Pollard, FOUR runs, three in three? Not quite, but he'll take that.. it's a four. Again, brute force as he stays back and swings around with a pull through midwicket
17.2
6
Bishoo to Pollard, SIX runs, now he gets it through the other side of the ground. Slightly back of a length, rocks back and flays a pull over cow corner. Opposite side, same result

Stars 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st27LMP SimmonsADS Fletcher
2nd0ADS FletcherRRS Cornwall
3rd52ADS FletcherDA Warner
4th18ADS FletcherQais Ahmad
5th44ADS FletcherKA Pollard