Kireon Pollard hits Six Sixes in a over – Pollard does Yuvraj Singh: West Indies and the Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard became the second man in the history of T20 cricket to hit 6 sixes in a over. Pollard smashed Sri Lankan off-spinner Akila Dananjaya for six sixes in the sixth over of the home side’s chase.
The Mumbai Indians all-rounder tore Dananjaya apart after the off-spinner had rocked the West Indies early by taking a hat-trick in the fourth over the innings – including the returning Chris Gayle for a duck. Pollard became only the eighth batsman in the history of cricket to smash six sixes in one over.
5.1 Dananjaya to Pollard, SIX runs Pollard goes down on one knee and slogs this length ball over long-on. There was a shout of catch it but Pollard cleared the boundary by some distance
5.2 Dananjaya to Pollard, SIX runs This time muscles it into the sightscreen. Too full from Dananjaya this time and Pollard just latched onto this
5.3 Dananjaya to Pollard, SIX runs Another hat-trick of sixes. Fuller and a touch wider but it makes no difference to Pollard, who smashes it over wide long-off. Pollard isn’t worried by those quick wickets
5.4 Dananjaya to Pollard, SIX runs Make that four in a row! What a bizarre day for Akila Dananjaya, who has been clubbed for four successive sixes after a hat-trick in the previous over. Was a length ball around off and Pollard slogged it over deep midwicket. He hit it with the spin and it keeps sailing
5.5 Dananjaya to Pollard, SIX runs Whoa! Five sixes in five balls for Kieron Pollard. This is carnage. A length ball outside off, Pollard rocks back and uses all his power to launch it straight over the bowler’s head
5.6 Dananjaya to Pollard, SIX runs No, it doesn’t. Kieron Pollard has smashes six sixes in an over here. Yuvraj Singh has got company finally. Fired in on to pads and a chip, just a mere chip and it flies over the deep midwicket boundary. A bow from Pollard to acknowledge the collapse from his team-mates
Pollard does Yuvraj: Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh is the only batsman before Pollard to achieve this feat in T20 internationals. Yuvraj famously took apart England’s Stuart Broad in the 2007 T20 World Cup game in Durban.
Pollard, who was dismissed for 38 off 11 balls, exploded in the sixth over hammering the first ball over long-on and then deposited Dananjaya into the sightscreen off the second ball. Dananjaya went wide outside off-stump off the third ball but Pollard nonchalantly hammered it over long-off, fourth ball was deposited over deep mid-wicket while the fifth was smashed back over the bowler’s head. Dananjaya went around the wicket but Pollard flicked it off his pads for the record sixth six and took a bow to celebrate the occasion in front of the Coolidge ground crowd.
It was a rapid turn of fortune for the Sri Lankan spinner, who in the previous over had just snared a hat-trick – dismissing opener Evin Lewis, Gayle and wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran in the fourth over of the innings.
Pollard joined Yuvraj and South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs as the only batsmen to achieve this feat in an international game with Gibbs’s mark coming in a 2007 World Cup against Netherlands.