Sri Lanka’s Dhananjay took a hat-trick in the T20 match against the Indies.
In this match, Kieron Pollard hit six sixes in his one over.
New Delhi. The game of cricket is very cruel. Would you imagine that in a match a bowler achieves a great hat-trick and in the same match he has to face the embarrassment of hitting 6 sixes in an over. In other words, there is happiness and there is sorrow. This has happened with a bowler in international cricket. The condition was that after going through this experience, the bowler could not understand whether he should celebrate the joy of getting a hat-trick or the sorrow of eating 6 sixes in an over.
Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya had to go through a similar situation in T20 International against West Indies in March 2021. In the match, he had returned the three top-order batsmen of the Windies to the pavilion on consecutive balls, but his happiness evaporated when Kieron Pollard of the opposition team hit him for sixes in 6 consecutive balls in the over. Due to Pollard’s innings, the West Indies team was successful in winning the match by 4 wickets.
In this T20I played at Antigua’s Collide Cricket Ground, Sri Lanka batting first scored 131 runs losing 9 wickets in 20 overs. Barring Pathu Nissanka (39) and Niroshan Dickwella, no Sri Lankan batsman could face the Indies bowlers. Obed McCoy took the maximum two wickets for the host team while all the other bowlers got one success each. In response, in the fourth over of the innings, Akila Dhananjay brought joy to the Sri Lankan camp by dismissing West Indies’ Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran on consecutive balls. While Lewis scored 28 runs, Gayle and Puran were dismissed on ‘Golden Duck’.
Due to Dhananjay’s hat-trick, after 3.4 overs, India’s score was reduced to 52 runs after losing 3 wickets. Indies had to lose the wicket of Lendl Simmons (26) soon after this. After this, in the sixth over of the innings, the Sri Lankan team was scattered in front of the storm in the form of Pollard. ‘Polly’ scored 36 runs by sending all the balls of Dhananjay’s third over outside the boundary and after 5 overs, the score reached 98/4 straight from 62/4 after six overs. By doing so, he equaled India’s Yuvraj Singh’s record of hitting 6 sixes in an over in T20Is. Pollard was dismissed after scoring 38 runs in 11 balls, but due to his innings, the Indian team was successful in achieving the target by losing six wickets in 13.1 overs. Pollard was declared man of the match for his blistering innings.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 25, 2023, 08:20 IST