Pollard’s six straight sixes trump Dananjaya’s hat-trick in T20I thriller

Antigua, Mar 4 (Agency) International cricket returned to the Caribbean on Wednesday and it came back with a bang in a match that had everything. The first international match played in the Caribbean since last January ultimately saw Keiron Pollard’s six consecutive sixes with the bat beat Akila Dananjaya’s hat-trick with the ball. Set a target of 132 after winning the toss, the West Indies got home by four wickets with 6.5 overs to spare but that barely tells the story of a match that swung wildly throughout.

The first six was smashed off one knee over long-on, the second into the sight screen and the third over long-off. He went over midwicket for the fourth and then sent one way back over the bowler’s head for the fifth. The sixth was a nonchalant clip off the pads over deep mid-wicket. Niroshan Dickwella was the next batter out, bowled by Holder, who finished with figures of 1/19 off his four overs. Brief score: Sri Lanka – 131/9; West Indies – 134/6