Twitter Reactions: Kieron Pollard’s magnificent century ends Stars’ 15-match losing streak
Andre Fletcher was also superb as he smashed 80 runs off 52 deliveries.
Updated - Aug 18, 2018 10:48 am
After a heart-breaking loss against Trinbago Knight Riders, the St Lucia Stars were up against the Barbados Tridents. Fortunately, they have finally ended their 15-match losing streak with this encounter, courtesy a brilliant knock from their skipper Kieron Pollard. The 31-year-old just continued from where he left off yesterday in the game against the Knights and proved to be a nightmare for the bowlers.
The mighty Windies batsman registered his first ever T20 century after having played a countless number of games and scoring more than 8,000 runs in the format. The St Lucia Stars registered a 38-run victory to finally get two points on the points table. Also, this is their first victory since 2016.
Kieron Pollard show, yet again!
The Stars lost the toss and hence were put into bat first. To their dismay, they lost David Warner right in the second over of the innings. Warner, who seemed to have found his touch back in the last game, played a pathetic shot to get out for a duck. But, Rahkeem Cornwall, who came in at 3, started going after the bowlers right from the first ball. He scored a brisk 30 which came off 11 balls. Soon after his dismissal, Lendl Simmons also got out for a golden duck.
Then came the outstanding partnership between Andre Fletcher and Kieron Pollard. They added 148 runs together in about 14 overs. Andre Fletcher who got off to a flyer took sometime later to get his runs and got out after scoring 80 off 52 balls. Pollard was just mindblowing with the bat. The powerful right-hander scored 104 runs off just 54 balls at a staggering strike rate of 192. The Stars ended up putting 226 runs on the board in 20 overs after losing 6 wickets.
The bowlers accomplish the task this time around
The Stars started off the second innings on a great note by picking the wicket of Martin Guptill in the 5th over. However, Dwayne Smith was looking dangerous at the other end. He got off to a good start and was playing with some great freedom. Hashim Amla, who joined the Tridents before this game failed with the bat. The 35-year-old only managed to get 14 runs off 14 balls before he was stumped off the bowling of Qais Ahmed.
Nicolas Pooran who came in next went after the bowlers. He was looking to be extremely dangerous having scored 23 off just 10 balls. But was completely outdone on the 11th ball that he faced from Obed McCoy with some brilliant change of pace. Dwayne Smith also got out after he scored 58 runs off 45 balls. Although Steve Smith and Shai Hope tried their best at the end, it was just a bit too much of an asking for them as Tridents could only reach 188 runs in their 20 overs.
Twitterati erupted as the St Lucia Stars finally won a game to end their losing streak. It was all praise for Kieron Pollard who was amazing in this game. Andre Fletcher was also applauded for his great knock.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Most innings taken to score a century in T20s:
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) August 18, 2018
— Ri Fingal (@RiFingal) August 18, 2018
Wonder if the IPL snub at Mumbai Indians this year has given Kieron Pollard a newfound motivation. Haven't seen him batting this well since 2012/13. #CPL2018
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) August 18, 2018
I'm so happy for St. Lucia Stars ✨ 👏🏽 finally broke the losing streak 🙏🏽💯 #CPL18
— Krystal ✨ (@kryssybiebs) August 18, 2018
A weird batting card for St. Lucia today with scores of 80, 0, 30, 0, 104, 0, 0*, 0*.
— Shubh AggarWall (@shubh_chintak) August 18, 2018
— Driselle Ramjohn (@driselle) August 18, 2018
— Stumped (@stumped_live) August 18, 2018
Can't wait to tell my kids about the time i stayed up and witnessed stars winning their first game in the #CPL18
— 🇱🇨 Pablo 🇱🇨 (@quantumkid_lara) August 18, 2018
— Mikhail Baynes (@mikhailbaynes) August 18, 2018
Interesting. Barbados playing 5 overseas players. St. Lucia Star only 3. #CPL18
— Kane Train (@CricFan2000) August 18, 2018
— Dave Middleton (@Dave_Middleton) August 18, 2018
Kieron Pollard 104(54)
Before this hundred, he held the record of most runs in T20 career without a hundred.
Now the record goes to Shoiab Malik, 8034 runs in T20.#CPL
— BrokenStats (@Broken_Statz) August 18, 2018
The worlds best batsman is currently batting 😏 #CPL
Steve Smith > Virat Kohli
— Lockie (@lockie_wells) August 18, 2018
#CPL in My life
– Wakes Up
– Check Score
– Check Pak player Performance
No highlights , Dont even Care
Dont why i hate T20s in WI at Night
— Aqeel (@AqeelSays_) August 13, 2018
— RaNa😎 (@BeingRana45) August 18, 2018