ILT20: Kieron Pollard's one-hand screamer sends shockwaves among spectators
The Desert Vipers beat MI Emirates by seven wickets.
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MI Emirates skipper Kieron Pollard took a one-handed screamer to dismiss Desert Vipers skipper Colin Munro on Tuesday and was enough to send shockwaves not only through the crowd that had assembled to watch the clash between MI and Vipers but also floored netizens alike.
As far as the fixture is concerned Desert Vipers defeated MI Emirates by seven wickets convincingly in the 15th match of the ongoing International League T20 2023 (ILT20) at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Tuesday, January 24.
Oh my word: Kieorn Pollard's on-field brilliance leaves everyone awestruck
Pollard's pyrotechnics unfolded in the 8th over of Vipers' innings. The over was to be delivered by Samit Patel of MI Emirates. Vipers' skipper Colin Munro was on strike, batting well-set on 41. Samit Patel delivered the ball to Munro and Munro played a lofted shot towards long on.
The ball flew towards the boundary ropes and was moments away from going over it but instead it got stuck like a magnet, straight into the outstretched right hand of Kieron Pollard. The 35-year-old looked the perfect acrobat, jumping up with the perfect timing to catch the ball. Pollard then landed and did a somersault to balance himself and finally ensured his feet didn't touch the boundary ropes to complete the catch and dismiss Munro.
If the brilliance of the catch wasn't enough, what entertained the crowd, even more, was the reaction of Pollard after completing the screamer. He stood motionless on his knees and gave the impression as if he had surprised himself.
Such wonders by Pollard are nothing new. In the IPL on multiple occassions, Pollard has taken some stupendous one-handed catches while playing for Mumbai Indians. He is widely renowned for pulling off such one-handed stunners.
Here is the video of the catch:-
Magnificent! 🤩— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) January 24, 2023
Kieron Pollard with a stunning acrobatic catch by the boundary!
That celebration 🥶 pic.twitter.com/VTIQ90TyNE