Pollard Shines As West Indies Make 85-5 In Rain-hit T20
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Thu 29th July 2021 | 12:00 AM
Bridgetown, Barbados, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Jul, 2021 ) :West Indies captain Kieron Pollard hoisted two sixes in an unbeaten top score of 22 to lift his side to 85 for five batting first against Pakistan in the rain-affected first T20 International of the four-match series at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Wednesday.
With the match reduced to nine overs-per-side after steady rain intervened following the toss to delay the start of play by almost three hours, the home side sent out their celebrated power-hitters in what was always going to be a frenetic passage of play.
However Pakistan's array of varied bowling talent stymied the early effort and also inflicted injury when opening batsmen Lendl Simmons took a blow on the neck attempting to hook a short ball from debutant seam bowling all-rounder Mohammad Wasim and was forced to retire hurt.
More rain swept across the ground just as the innings came to an end, further jeopardising the prospects of a definitive result at the start of a series in which one match has already been cut from the schedule due to a two-day delay in the preceding One-Day International series against Australia at the same venue.
That interruption was caused by a Covid 19 positive test of a non-playing member of the West Indies staff just before the scheduled start of the second ODI last Thursday.