A maiden T20 hundred from skipper Kieron Pollard at last propelled St Lucia Stars to a first Caribbean Premier League victory in 15 matches as the disappointment of 24 hours earlier was washed away in a dominant 38-run victory over Barbados Tridents.
St. Lucia Stars, who were earlier demoralized with a five-wicket loss against Trinbago Knight Riders had a chance to set things straight and they did it. Their captain, Keiron Pollard blasted his way to a 53-ball hundred consisted of six fours and eight maximums. Pollard and Fletcher shared a 148-run partnership to propel the final score to 226/6.
Most of the damage was done by Fletcher and Pollard as the dangerous Australian batsman David Warner was dismissed for a second-ball duck whereas Lendl Simmons was out for a first-ball duck. Wahab Riaz was the best bowler from Barbados Tridents as he returned with the figures of 3/35.
In reply, Dwayne Smith provided his side a solid start with 58 off 45 balls but none of the other batsmen capitalized. Mitchell McClenaghan gave up just 20 runs in three power play overs with the new ball and picked up the key wicket of his international team-mate Martin Guptill.
Whereas the Under-19 sensation from Afghanistan, Qais Ahmed, picked up the key wickets of Dwayne Smith and Hashim Amla to shut down Tridents’ hopes of chasing down a mammoth total. Nicholas Pooran and Steve Smith struck couple of boundaries but at that point the RRR had soared up to 20.
Pollard was undoubtedly declared man of the match for his brutal innings.