Barbados Tridents v St Lucia Zouks, CPL, Bridgetown July 30, 2013

Pollard, Malik give Barbados winning start

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Barbados Tridents 169 for 5 (Malik 78, Pollard 61*) beat St Lucia Zouks 152 (Fletcher 57, Pollard 3-15, Nurse 2-18) by 17 runs
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In the lead-up to the first match of the Caribbean Premier League, there were reports of protests in Barbados over the appointment of Kieron Pollard, a Trinidadian, as captain of the Barbados Tridents. But Pollard's unbeaten half-century and three-wicket haul in the 17-run win against St Lucia Zouks on Tuesday is likely to have added to his growing legion of fans.

After Barbados, having chosen to bat first, were reduced to 48 for 4, Pollard played the perfect foil to an aggressive Shoaib Malik, as the pair added 88 runs off 61 balls. Malik, who was named the Player of the Match, raced to his 50 off just 35 balls, and smashed a six and two fours off pacer Nelon Pascal in the 15th over. Once Malik perished for 78 in the 18th over, going for a slog off Tino Best, Pollard stepped up with the big shots, hitting 28 runs off the last two overs to take Barbados to 169 for 5.

St Lucia, in reply, got off to a good start, as the openers Tamim Iqbal and Andre Fletcher had a 57-run stand. Having powered to 77 for 1 off seven overs, St Lucia were in a good position and the match was theirs to lose. They went on to do exactly that, as the wicket of Fletcher in the 12th over sparked a mini-collapse and the visitors went on to lose their remaining eight wickets for 57 runs.

Struggling at 105 for 5, Darren Sammy briefly raised St Lucia's hopes with a 16-ball 35, belting four fours and two sixes, but found himself running out of partners as the asking rate mounted. Pollard struck twice in the 18th over to dismiss Misbah-ul-Haq and Shane Shillingford, while Jason Holder dismissed Sammy and Tino Best off consecutive balls in the 19th over. Pollard sealed the win with a wicket in the final over, to end with match figures of 2.4- 0-15-3.

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  • Reuelsean on August 1, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Pollard has been performing for the WI a long time now, he has one bad patch and everybody has something bad to say about him. Well done Polly, keep up the good work.

  • on August 1, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Excllent performance by Malik , before this inining he performed in Pak Domestic as captain his team qualified for Final, he won Many domestic tournament his team won 6 T20 out of 8 tournaments and his performance was excellent after Misbah he deserve to be a captain of Pakistan team again InsahAllah,

  • on August 1, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Malik should come back into pakistan squad his really good my favourite along wiv boom boom n mny more great talents

  • NCassie on August 1, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    Well done Polly! you continue to silence those anti Pollard critics...keep your head up and your foot on the ground...T&T talent all the way!

  • CricTimer on July 31, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    Star player Shakib al-hasan 29 runs of 2 overs....simply not acceptable. He needs to fire. Although Barbados won the match, batting after 2nd down he did not do much..

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 31, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    What an incredible start to a real exciting tournament ! Full crowd outstanding atmosphere and good quality cricket hats off to CPL and all involved !

  • on July 31, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    I'm not sure why people are being harsh on Pollard....he is a devastating batsmen and certainly does perform in West Indian colours as well as in the international leagues.

    Shoaib Malik on the other hand??? maybe he is allergic to the colour green....I'm quite happy if he never plays for Pakistan again.

  • on July 31, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Don't ill-speak the massive giant. He has proved his worth as a player. No one has ever bowled Pollard at the depth overs except Pollard. Remarkable!!!! Call him want you want, he is a money maker and the world knows. As a West Indian I consider myself privileged to see this young talented man in action. God speed and keep on improving.

  • on July 31, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Sammy should have batted before Devon Smith...they might have stand a chance...we all know that Pollard bat can do the talking only in this format of cricket...

  • on July 31, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Misbah should be send up the order, at no.3 this will make innings more steady if that is what misbah wants to do.

  • Reuelsean on August 1, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Pollard has been performing for the WI a long time now, he has one bad patch and everybody has something bad to say about him. Well done Polly, keep up the good work.

  • on August 1, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Excllent performance by Malik , before this inining he performed in Pak Domestic as captain his team qualified for Final, he won Many domestic tournament his team won 6 T20 out of 8 tournaments and his performance was excellent after Misbah he deserve to be a captain of Pakistan team again InsahAllah,

  • on August 1, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Malik should come back into pakistan squad his really good my favourite along wiv boom boom n mny more great talents

  • NCassie on August 1, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    Well done Polly! you continue to silence those anti Pollard critics...keep your head up and your foot on the ground...T&T talent all the way!

  • CricTimer on July 31, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    Star player Shakib al-hasan 29 runs of 2 overs....simply not acceptable. He needs to fire. Although Barbados won the match, batting after 2nd down he did not do much..

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 31, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    What an incredible start to a real exciting tournament ! Full crowd outstanding atmosphere and good quality cricket hats off to CPL and all involved !

  • on July 31, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    I'm not sure why people are being harsh on Pollard....he is a devastating batsmen and certainly does perform in West Indian colours as well as in the international leagues.

    Shoaib Malik on the other hand??? maybe he is allergic to the colour green....I'm quite happy if he never plays for Pakistan again.

  • on July 31, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Don't ill-speak the massive giant. He has proved his worth as a player. No one has ever bowled Pollard at the depth overs except Pollard. Remarkable!!!! Call him want you want, he is a money maker and the world knows. As a West Indian I consider myself privileged to see this young talented man in action. God speed and keep on improving.

  • on July 31, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Sammy should have batted before Devon Smith...they might have stand a chance...we all know that Pollard bat can do the talking only in this format of cricket...

  • on July 31, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Misbah should be send up the order, at no.3 this will make innings more steady if that is what misbah wants to do.

  • Farrukh.91. on July 31, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Shoaib Malik & Pollard, both don't perform when playing for the country; but do wonders when playing leagues.

  • on July 31, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Malik a decent allrounder

  • mngc1 on July 31, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Comments on Pollard playing for WI are unfair. In the short slump he was given out LBW at least 5 inches outside the off stump and heading well over the top. That duck started a slide. He showed signs of regaining form in the T20 games top scoring with 49 no in the first and 20 in an almost impossible task in the second when the top scored 17 in 8. He has shown significant improvement in these 3 games by hitting more along the ground like Dhawan so I expect many more big scores from him. In all 3 innings his side was already in trouble and is also showing that he can bat long.

  • on July 31, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    what happens to malik when he plays in national colors?

  • perryhosein on July 31, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Great game.congrats to Cpl organisers.This is we thing,as a trini I support all teams.Just imagine 12 trinis in next match between red steel and d amazons.b

  • lesley95 on July 31, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Pollard's case of Playing IPL better than for West Indies, is like the countless football players who become icons while playing EPL, La Liga etc and turn duds when they play for their country

  • on July 31, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Pollard once again your bat did the talking

  • PadMarley on July 31, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    What IPL misses is Pakistani players ....

  • 9ST9 on July 31, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Soon as I switched on and saw the teams's colors I screamed in horror thinking it was yet another India vs Sri Lanka game!!!

  • shinewindies on July 31, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Hmmmm Pollard when Westindies needs u the most u always fail, when playing any league T20 match arount the world u score runs and take wickets too, either u are not international material or either its money wats most important to you.

  • on July 31, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Kieron Pollard must wear the costume of IPL franchises whenever he played for WI, then surely he will perform.

  • on July 31, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Malik showed his class. He is better than a few others for sure.. decent with ball and field too

  • westindiesupporter on July 31, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    I hope Sammy's team wins the competition

  • Haleos on July 31, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Both the players good for domestic leagues and fail when matters for their country most of the times.

  • JoshFromJamRock on July 31, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Great game!!!....Malik showing he's still got and Pollard proving his doubters with his batting and decent captaincy. Barbados bowlers Holder (still learning), Emrit, Nurse, Malik and Shakib (obviously match rusty) are all decent and any three performing is good enough. Unlucky for DR Smith, but this is his chance to push for the opener spot in shorter formats. For St.Lucia, Sammy has been middling the ball for a while but he is coming in to late, he should follow Pollard and bat at 4 or at 11-12 over mark with Misbah anchoring as Albie can hit a few himself. The opening pair of Iqbal and fletcher has the right mentality of attacking and not pressuring Morkel and Sammy. Fletcher has a chance to keep for WI and possibly open if he keeps this up. Best is a good player who likes the game and plays with fire, he just needs to get it right and stop overdoing short and wide balls. On squad strength, this is Barbados' tournament to lose. Best wishes!!!

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on July 31, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    when his team needs around 11 per over and under pressure, misbah took 5 balls to open his account. He plays test innings in odi matches and odi innings in 20-20 matches. He needs to find a way to rotate from very start of the innings especially in t20.

  • on July 31, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    I really can't able to understand why Kieron Pollard is not effective in international matches. He prospers in every Premier League. He is a true worthy player who can be used in every department. I was disappointed seeing him as an ordinary player in the ODIs. But I am happy to see him back on track. Some people says he is only T20 material. I think he is really more than this. Perhaps captaincy under critics bring off some special from him. Well played too Darren Sammy.

  • Riddymon on July 31, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Big innings by Malik and Pollard....felt like the bowling and fielding for both sides was rather ordinary though. I was routing for the Zouks....and it looked like it would be a cake walk but a cluster of wickets left them with only Misbah and Sammy to take them over the line. Another big innings by Sammy showing his worth in the lower order...MISBAH...leave the tuk tuk tuk in Pakistan man!! He needs to be as aggressive as he was in the last couple games against Windies in the series that just ended. Anyways..overall I'm loving the vibe...CPL to di wooorld!!

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  • Riddymon on July 31, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Big innings by Malik and Pollard....felt like the bowling and fielding for both sides was rather ordinary though. I was routing for the Zouks....and it looked like it would be a cake walk but a cluster of wickets left them with only Misbah and Sammy to take them over the line. Another big innings by Sammy showing his worth in the lower order...MISBAH...leave the tuk tuk tuk in Pakistan man!! He needs to be as aggressive as he was in the last couple games against Windies in the series that just ended. Anyways..overall I'm loving the vibe...CPL to di wooorld!!

  • on July 31, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    I really can't able to understand why Kieron Pollard is not effective in international matches. He prospers in every Premier League. He is a true worthy player who can be used in every department. I was disappointed seeing him as an ordinary player in the ODIs. But I am happy to see him back on track. Some people says he is only T20 material. I think he is really more than this. Perhaps captaincy under critics bring off some special from him. Well played too Darren Sammy.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on July 31, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    when his team needs around 11 per over and under pressure, misbah took 5 balls to open his account. He plays test innings in odi matches and odi innings in 20-20 matches. He needs to find a way to rotate from very start of the innings especially in t20.

  • JoshFromJamRock on July 31, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Great game!!!....Malik showing he's still got and Pollard proving his doubters with his batting and decent captaincy. Barbados bowlers Holder (still learning), Emrit, Nurse, Malik and Shakib (obviously match rusty) are all decent and any three performing is good enough. Unlucky for DR Smith, but this is his chance to push for the opener spot in shorter formats. For St.Lucia, Sammy has been middling the ball for a while but he is coming in to late, he should follow Pollard and bat at 4 or at 11-12 over mark with Misbah anchoring as Albie can hit a few himself. The opening pair of Iqbal and fletcher has the right mentality of attacking and not pressuring Morkel and Sammy. Fletcher has a chance to keep for WI and possibly open if he keeps this up. Best is a good player who likes the game and plays with fire, he just needs to get it right and stop overdoing short and wide balls. On squad strength, this is Barbados' tournament to lose. Best wishes!!!

  • Haleos on July 31, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Both the players good for domestic leagues and fail when matters for their country most of the times.

  • westindiesupporter on July 31, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    I hope Sammy's team wins the competition

  • on July 31, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Malik showed his class. He is better than a few others for sure.. decent with ball and field too

  • on July 31, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Kieron Pollard must wear the costume of IPL franchises whenever he played for WI, then surely he will perform.

  • shinewindies on July 31, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Hmmmm Pollard when Westindies needs u the most u always fail, when playing any league T20 match arount the world u score runs and take wickets too, either u are not international material or either its money wats most important to you.

  • 9ST9 on July 31, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Soon as I switched on and saw the teams's colors I screamed in horror thinking it was yet another India vs Sri Lanka game!!!