West Indian legend Kieron Pollard is one of the best T20 players and there is a huge reason for it. The man from Trinidad and Tobago is explosive and lethal with the bat, can also contribute with the ball and is an amazing fielder. Pollard, may have retired from international cricket and the IPL but he is keeping himself busy in other leagues. The former West Indies skipper is leading the Mumbai Indians Emirates team in the inaugural ILT20 tournament.
Big man flies like a bird to take an amazing catch –
Mumbai Indian Emirates faced off against Desert Vipers at the Shaikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Samit Patel bowled a low full toss to the Vipers skipper Colin Munro who tried to hit it for a maximum.
For a long time it looked as if it was headed for a six. Kieron Pollard though, intervened and stuck out his right hand to take an amazing catch to send back Munro to earn the Emirates team its second wicket.
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Kieron Pollard with a stunning acrobatic catch by the boundary!
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MI Emirates lose 3 early wickets –
Speaking about the game, Desert Vipers won the toss and put MI Emirates into bat. UAE international Aravind was the first man out for 3 when he was bowled by Gus Atkinson. Mohammad Waseem was out next for 10 caught by Billings off Cottrell. Andre Fletcher and Nicolas Pooran added 43 before Fletcher was run out by Hasaranga for 21.
Pooran and Pollard power MI Emirates to 169 –
With MI Emirates struggling to get going at 53/3 from 8.2 overs, skipper Pollard combined with his former teammate Nicolas Pooran. The paid added 116 for the 4th wicket in just 11.3 overs to help MI emirates score 169.
Pooran scored 57 off 49 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes before getting bowled by Tom Curran. Pollard meanwhile stayed not out on 67 off 39 balls with 1 four and 6 massive sixes.
Hales and Rutherford help the Vipers to an easy win –
Chasing 170 to win, Trent Boult struck early getting rid of Rohan Mustafa for 1. Munro and Hales added 72 for the 2nd wicket before Munro was out for 41. Patel got a 2nd wicket when he had Sam Billings caught for 1. Hales and Sherfane Rutherford saw the team home in the 17th over without further damage. Hales was not out on 62 off 44 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes, while Rutherford was not out on 56 off 29 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes.