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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  • Reuel 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.

  • Dummy4 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,

  • Android 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

  • Narine 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!

  • Tapa 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..

  • o 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 !

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Dummy4 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.

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