in an over in international cricket. He achieved the feat when he took on Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya during their win over the visitors in the 1st of a 3-match T20I series at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
Pollard used his power-hitting to good effect as he effortlessly hit Akila Dananjaya out of the park six times in the 6th over of West Indies’ successful chase of 132.
Pollard put the pressure back on Dananjaya, who had his tail up after picking up a hat-trick in the previous over by removing the likes of Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran. Dananjaya went from hero to zero as he came up against the West Indies captain who backed himself to change the momentum with 6 mighty hits.
Speaking after winning the Man of the Match award for his heroics in the series opener, Kieron Pollard said he told himself to go for 6 sixes after hitting the 3rd six against Dananjaya.
“A couple of things went through my mind before the sixth ball, I thought should I go for the six or take the 30 runs in the over, he went around the wicket and bowled it onto my pads, I told myself ‘Wait Polly, take a chance’,” Pollard said.
“That’s how I have played my cricket all along, especially against the spinners. “I felt I could hit six sixes after the third one. I did it in the Super 50 as well.”
Pollard became only the 3rd batsman after Yuvraj Singh (2007) and Herschelle Gibbs (2007) to hit 6 sixes in an over in international cricket. Pollard’s effort helped West Indies recover from the Dananjaya hat-trick and complete the chase of 132 in just 13.1 overs.
How Kieron Pollard hit 6 sixes in Akila Dananjaya’s over
In the first ball of the 6th over, Pollard hit Dananjaya over the long-on boundary after getting down on one knee.
In the second delivery, Pollard hit a full delivery straight in the sight screen with incredible power.
The 3rd six came from a wider delivery as Dananjaya tried to stop the flow of sixes. It didn’t help as Pollard smashed it over wide-long on.
In the fourth delivery of the over, Pollard picked it up from outside off and smashed it into the deep mid-wicket stands.
The fifth one was a Pollard special as Dananjaya pulled the length back and bowled it a bit short. But the West Indies captain rocked onto the backfoot and pulled it straight over the bowler’s head.
The sixth one came when Pollard smashed Dananjaya, who came around the wicket, into the mid-wicket stands. The Sri Lanka spinner tried to fire it into the stumps but Pollard flicked it into the stands.