Cricket is a game of uncertainty. No one can predict what will happen in this game. Here records are made in one match and records are broken in the same match. There are times when a great bowler has to bow down. Something like that happened when a bowler hit 6 sixes in an over in the same match after scoring a hat-trick. After this the player did not know whether he should celebrate the hat-trick or the sorrow of 6 sixes
That player is none other than Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya. He had to face such a situation in a T20 match against West Indies in March 2021. In the match, he stormed into the tent by dismissing the top three West Indies batsmen in three consecutive balls. However, Kieron Pollard stopped him by hitting 6 sixes in 6 consecutive balls. West Indies won the match by 4 wickets on the strength of Pollard’s batting.
The Sri Lankan team batted first in this T20 match played at the Collide Cricket Ground in Antigua. He scored 131 runs in 20 overs losing 9 wickets. Apart from Pathu Nisanka (39) and Niroshan Dickwella (33), none of the Sri Lankan batsmen performed particularly well. Obed McCoy took the most wickets for West Indies this time with 2 wickets while other bowlers took 1 wicket each.
In the fourth over of the West Indies’ innings, Akila Dhananjay took a hat-trick by dismissing Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran in three consecutive balls while chasing Sri Lanka’s challenge. This time Lewis scored 28 runs, while Gayle and Pooran were dismissed for zero.
Dhananjay’s hat-trick left West Indies at 52 for 3 after 3.4 overs. After this, Lendl Simmons also lost an early wicket for 26 runs. After this, Kieron Pollard came into the field in the sixth over. He scored 36 runs off all the balls of Dhananjay’s third over. After that, the team’s innings was taken from 62 for 4 after 5 overs to 94 for 4 after 6 overs.
In doing so, he equaled Yuvraj Singh’s record of 6 sixes in an over in international T20 cricket. Pollard scored 38 runs off 11 balls in this match. However, due to his innings, the West Indies team reached the challenge by losing 6 wickets in 13.1 overs. Pollard was awarded the man of the match award for this performance. (t20i sri lanka bowler akila dhananjay took hat trick he faced the shame of 6 sixes in the same match)
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