West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard on Wednesday turned solely the third man to hit 6 sixes in a world match throughout the opening T20I in opposition to Sri Lanka. Pollard adopted within the footsteps of South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs (2007 World Cup in opposition to Netherlands) and India’s Yuvraj Singh (2007 T20 World Cup in opposition to England) to realize the uncommon feat. Akila Dananjaya was the bowler who was the recipient of the onslaught, as Pollard took him aside with consummate ease. Pollard was on 4 runs off 4 balls when he determined to launch the assault on Dananjaya, who apparently in his earlier over had claimed a hat-trick that had put the hosts on the again foot.
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This one over swung the tie proper again in favour of the house facet and they might ultimately go on to win the match by 4 wickets with 41 balls to spare.
Earlier within the first innings Sri Lanka made a below-par 131-9 as their batsmen struggled to get going from the get-go.
The vacationers have been put into bat by the 2012 and 2016 world champions whose line-up included 41-year-old batting star Chris Gayle, taking part in his first recreation for the West Indies in two years.
Pathum Nissanka marked his Sri Lanka debut with a high rating of 39 off 34 balls with 4 boundaries and considered one of his staff’s solely three sixes.
The 22-year-old batsman shared a 51-run second wicket partnership with opener Niroshan Dickwella (33).
Nonetheless, the vacationers by no means received to grips with the correct West Indies assault which featured 39-year-old quick bowler Fidel Edwards making his return to the staff for the primary time since 2012.
Left-arm quick bowler Obed McCoy, taking part in simply his third T20 Worldwide, had the perfect figures of 2-25 from his 4 overs.
Jason Holder completed with a cost-effective 1-19 whereas there was was additionally a wicket for 21-year-old debutant off-spinner Kevin Sinclair who opened the bowling and claimed the wicket of Danushka Gunathilaka.
The second and third video games within the sequence additionally happen on the Coolidge Cricket Floor on March 5 and seven. The groups will then play three ODIs and two Checks.