The West Indies vs Sri Lanka T20I series kicked off with a rare feat being achieved. It is only the first time that a bowler picked up a hattrick and then was smashed for 6 sixes in an over. West Indies’ Kieron Pollard went berserk and mauled Akila Dananjaya for 6 maximums in an over, becoming the second batsmen to do so in T20Is and third overall. Earlier, Yuvraj Singh smashed Stuart Broad for 6 maximums in the 2007 T20 World Cup. Herschell Gibbs achieved the feat against Netherland in the 2007 ODI World Cup.
Chasing 131, West Indies were jolted by Akila Danajaya, who picked up a hattrick, leaving West Indies reeling at 62-4 in 5 overs. However, little did he knew that his joy of a hattrick will turn into a nightmare in his next over. Pollard was on strike when Dananjaya came into bowl his third over and was smashed for a massive six over long on. Pollard then lofted a full delivery over the bowler’s head for another maximum. Dananjaya tried bowling it wide from Pollard who smashed the leg spinner for his third consecutive six, over long off. The next delivery was a googly which Pollard deposited into the deep mid wicket boundary to make it four sixes in four deliveries. He then dragged a leg break over the bowlers head for another maximum. On the final ball of the over, Pollard brought his wrist into play and dumped a leg drifter over mid wicket to join an elite club.
Pollard’s blistering knock (38 of 11) helped West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets. Earlier, Sri Lanka were restricted to 131-9, courtesy of some disciplined bowling performance from the West Indian bowlers.