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Pollard stars as Tridents begins with win

Monday, June 22, 2015
Skipper Keiron Pollard scored a blistering 48 to guide defending champions Barbados Tridents to victory in their opening match of the 2015 Hero Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament at Bridgetown in Barbados.

The burly Trinidadian who led the Tridents to the title in 2014 with a controversial win in the finals in St. Kitts but all talk to rest as his side hammered the hapless Guyanese Franchise by 49 runs in front of a packed Kensington Oval.

Batting first, the Tridents powered by Pollard’s blitz rallied well after losing two early wickets to reach 158 for six off their 20 overs. Home town hero and Chennai Super Kings player Dwayne Smith could not come to the party getting just 13, but Mumbai Indians Pollard wrested control from the Warriors. Pollard got his runs from 26 balls with five fours and two sixes. Pakistani Shoaib Malik was also good in scoring 39 off 35 with two fours. Wicketkeeper/batsman Jonathan Carter never one to be out of the action scored 25 off 21 balls with three sixes.

The pick of the bowlers for Warriors was mystery spinner Sunil Narine who copped 2/22.

Warriors chasing a par score was expected to get over the line but lost wickets very early and this crippled their reply. Before the power play was over Lendl Simmons, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and skipper Denesh Ramdin (0) were already back in the dugout. However the dangerous Sri Lankan Tillikaratne Dilshan was there and looking good. He found a willing partner in Australian Brad Hodge and took the score to 56. However, his fall for 24 and that of Hodge for 26 spelled the end of Warriors interest in the match.

Ravi Rampaul back in action for the first time since November last year claimed 3/16, while Pollard got 2/20 and South African Robin Petersen 3/31.

Barbados Tridents 158 for 6 (Pollard 48, Narine 2-22) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 109 (Rampaul 3-16, Peterson 3-31, Pollard 2-20) by 49 runs.


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