St Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents, CPL 2014, Gros Islet July 31, 2014

Pollard late salvo downs Zouks

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Barbados Tridents 168 for 7 (Holder 48, Pollard 37*, Jordan 3-39) beat St Lucia Zouks 167 for 7 (Tanvir 50*, Charles 50) by three wickets
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Kieron Pollard's timely return to form helped Barbados Tridents register their fourth win while keeping St Lucia Zouks winless in a tightly-fought match in Gros Islet.

Sixty-four runs were required in 44 balls when No. 7 Pollard arrived at the crease, but given his poor run of scores - his highest in previous 15 T20 innings was 21 - Zouks were slightly ahead. Sohail Tanvir bowled a miserly 16th over giving away just two runs to turn the equation further in Zouks' favour. Forty-seven were required off the last four overs. Pollard managed to pick two sixes in two overs bowled by Ray Jordan, Zouks' most-successful bowler on the day, to bring Tridents 15 away from the target at the start of the 20th over.

The first ball from Tanvir was a wide down the leg side but the next was pulled over the boundary by Pollard. The next could have turned the match again as three men at deep cover converged under a skier, but a drop resulted in two runs. The fourth ball was slogged through midwicket for a boundary to spark charged celebrations from Pollard, unbeaten on 37 off 22.

The foundation of the chase was laid by another enterprising innings. Fast bowler Jason Holder was promoted to No. 3 for the second time in his T20 career and responded with a 30-ball 48 that included five fours and two sixes. Forty of those runs came in the Powerplay which saw Tridents score 66. It was an ideal start in the chase of 168 and although Jordan's two wickets in his third over gave Zouks hope of their first win, Pollard's calm innings ensured their wait would continue.

Zouks had been lifted by fifties from Johnson Charles and Tanvir after a troubled start. They were 14 for 3 in the second over. Charles added 74 for the fourth wicket with Liam Sebastien before being dismissed by Shoaib Malik in the 14th over. But it was Tanvir's blitz that surprised Tridents. He hit six sixes - three of them in the 20th over, bowled by Pollard - to reach 50 off 19 and lift the total by 34 runs in the last two overs.

Tridents' win meant that Hawksbills were out of the race for the play-offs.

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  • Paulo on August 1, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    @mngc Thanks. I'm being too harsh on Pollard. Apologies

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Guys be honest wouldnt this be a good test team for the s.a. series Chris gayle K.brathwaitte K.edwards Dm.bravo S.chanderpaul Dj.bravo D.ramdin J.holder Kaj.roach J.taylor S.narine Gayle can play attacking cricket and take it to the bowlers brathwaiite play his natural game edwards play his game he has improved since his comeback against the swinging ball. Holder has alot of ability with bat and is the best swing bowler in west indies no one gets more swing than holder. Last four for the15 j.blackwood l.johnson r.jordan s.cotterel jordan and cotterell has pace and can be used as strike bowlers if needed

  • michael on August 1, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    @codandchips. Pollard wad injured badly whilst playing a charity football match. He was on crutches for months and only started playing again at the very end of the regional 4 day series.

    At the CT I blame the captain and management. The run chase should have been more aggressive with the possibility of rain stopping the game. WI was always behind D/L and it took Pollard and Bravo to get ahead near the end. When they finally got ahead a message was sent out from the dressing room which upset the rhythm of both players as could be seen from the body language. Then Pollard got out. What kind of message was needed at that time to disturb the players in full flow??

    Pollard is a player who needs batting time to get form. His stretch of low scores reflect him batting too far down the order for too many games.

  • Paulo on August 1, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    @Vibin Pv How many games has Pollard actually won for the West Indies?

    He lets the West Indies down times and time again. If he's not throwing his wicket away when batting, like in CT13 vs South Africa to send his side home, he is letting them down in other ways. For example he missed the WT20 but miraculously recovered for the IPL.

    His ODI average is terrible as well.

  • CRIC on August 1, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Holder once again shows his ability with the bat. Not o mention, he is now bowling sharper than before and in the recent first class season, was consistently bowling around the 80-85mph mark. This step up in pace will patently assist him as he cements his place in the West Indian test team. Another young pacer, albeit one who bowls much quicker, is Ray Jordan. Great to see him taking some wickets and bowling in his natural fast and aggressive style in this game. This young man has a very bright future and could well be in the test attack even as early as 12-18 months time. With the rejuvenated Jermome Taylor back, Kemar Roach back to full fitness and youngsters like Jason Holder, Ronsford Beaton and Ray Jorday, the pace battery seems to be looking more promising going forward. Time for some chin music...

  • GeoffreysMother on August 1, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Isn't Pietersen playing for the Zouks?

  • Satish Chandar on August 1, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    So Holder is the new power hitting, medium pace all rounder in the WI armory.. He does look a capable bat and use him regular pinch hitter in T20 format to add more value to the team.

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    pollard is really a match winning star for wi and for those teams he will play . happy to hear the news that he regain form

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