CPL 2017: Pollard fires up Tridents to second win

It ended up being a mis-match between Barbados Tridents and St Lucia Stars on Thursday (August 10) at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Game 8 of the Caribbean Premier League 2017. It was always going to be difficult for the Stars once they were asked to chase down 197, and with wickets tumbling at regular intervals, Tridents made the match their own, with rain ensuring that they didn’t even have to stay on the field for the entire quota. Big-hitting was on full display with Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy cracking up blazing knocks but wickets in clusters and untimely rain found Sammy’s side short on the DLS sheet, and Tridents picked up their second win, by 21 runs.

Stars’ opener Andre Fletcher started on an explosive note, tonking three boundaries in the second over and Johnson Charles didn’t shy away either from flexing muscles to send two shots well beyond the fence. Just as the momentum seemed to be with the Stars, Wahab Riaz coming in to bowl his first over, got rid of both the openers in the same over to hit the emergency alarm in the opposition camp. Wheels came off further as the Stars lost Kamran Akmal, Marlon Samuels and Shane Watson in the span of the next two overs. Wayne Parnell, who removed Samuels and Watson off back-to-back balls, was denied a hat-trick but ensured that Stars were reduced to 53 for 5.

Tridents went on to pick up another wicket in the form of the New Zealander Jesse Ryder and by the halfway stage, Stars were 71 for 6. Rain made its second appearance of the day, after having delayed the proceedings in the first innings by 40 odd minutes already. With an over being docked, the target was revised to 193. That got Sammy going and with four sixes and four fours, Sammy blazed away to the fastest fifty of the ongoing edition. However, rain made its third and final appearance of the day as Sammy’s rampage was put to a halt in the 16th over. Stars were 21 behind on the DLS method, eventually losing their third game in a row to remain win-less in the tournament thus far.

Earlier in the day, Tridents’ openers Kane Williamson and Dwayne Smith posted a solid opening partnership of 72 runs in just over nine overs. While Williamson was watchful to begin with and focused on putting the bad balls away, Smith went after Kyle Mayers immediately, hitting him for a six and a four in his opening over. The big-hitting West Indian didn’t take his foot off the pedal as he next targetted fellow countryman Sammy, striking him for two fours and a six in the eighth over.

However, Mayers had the last laugh as in his comeback over. He removed Smith first and then new man Shoaib Malik off back-to-back balls, producing thick edges to short third man where Jesse Ryder didn’t make a mistake. Williamson continued longer but failed to up the ante, falling for a 44-ball 46 with a mistimed slog ending down the throat of the deep mid-wicket fielder.

With five overs remaining in the innings, Pollard had both the stage set and the required license to go hell for leather, and that he did by picking 14 runs in the 15th over by Shane Shillingford. The offie’s misery was compounded further with Pollard hitting him for two more sixes in his next.

Over the period of the final three overs, the result remained the same with the bowlers taking a hit, changing. Jerome Taylor was packed off for 20 runs in the 18th over and 28 in the final over, with Mitchell McClenaghan going for 14 in between the two. Pollard’s carnage saw him smash 83 off just 35 balls, helping the Tridents post a match-winning total of 196 for 4 in their 20 overs.

Brief Scores: Barbados Tridents 196/4 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 83*, Kane Williamson 46; Kyle Mayers 2-30) beat St Lucia Stars 129/6 in 15.2 overs (Darren Sammy 60*; Wayne Parnell 3-28, Wahab Riaz 2-27) by 21 runs on DLS method.


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