Kieron Pollard scored six sixes in an international match together with Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh
|First Twenty20 International, Antigua|
|Sri Lanka 131-9 (20 overs): Nissanka 39 (34)|
|West Indies 134-6 (13.1 overs): Pollard 38 (11); Hasaranga 3-12, Dananjaya 3-62|
|West Indies won by six wickets|
Kieron Pollard hit six sixes in one against Akila Dananjaya, who had previously scored a hat trick, in the extraordinary Twenty20 loss to Sri Lanka with six wickets in the West Indies.
West Indies captain Pollard was only the third man to hit six highs in an international match.
In his previous time, Dananjaya had removed Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran.
West Indies pursued their target of 132 in 13.1 overs in Antigua.
The tourists had been limited to 131-9 before the drama really started.
In the fourth game, when the Windies already had 52 on the board, off-spinner Dananjaya had caught Lewis long-off, Gayle – in his first international game in two years – lbw and Pooran behind.
In Dananjaya’s next round, Pollard went bowling and cleared the ropes in the arc between long-off and deep mid-wicket.
Pollard repeated the performance of the South African Herschelle Gibbs at the 50-Over World Cup 2007 against the Netherlands and the Indian Yuvraj Singh against India at the Twenty20 World Cup 2007 in the same year.
Pollard’s West Indian compatriot, the great Sir Garfield Sobers, became the first man to hit six sixes in a professional game, in 1968 for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan in Swansea.
“I felt like I could score six sixes after the third,” said 33-year-old Pollard. who will play for Welsh Fire this summer’s opening competition one hundred.
“When I got five sixes, I knew I had the bowler on my back foot. He went around the wicket and it was difficult for him. I just said to myself, ‘Do it’.”