Pollard joins 8,000-run club
SHARJAH, UAE (CMC):
Kieron Pollard struck an electrifying 40th half-century and became only the third batsman to pass 8,000 runs in Twenty20s, but the knock was in vain as Multan Sultans went down to Islamabad United by 33 runs in their final preliminary match of the Pakistan Super League on Tuesday.
Chasing 186 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sultans were dismissed for 152 with five balls remaining, to remain fourth in the standings on nine points with their fifth defeat of the season.
Pollard top-scored with a whirlwind 73 off 47 deliveries, an innings which pulled his side around after the innings lay in ruins at 20 for four in the sixth over.
He belted five fours and half-dozen sixes, adding 30 for the fifth wicket with Sohaib Maqsood (13) and 40 for the sixth wicket with Ross Whiteley (11), but Sultans lacked that one major stand as wickets fell regularly.
Pollard reached his half-century off 34 balls in the 15th over before eventually falling in the 18th over, caught at deep square leg off pacer Mohammed Sami.
The 30-year-old Trinidadian now has 8,048 runs in 413 T20s at an average of 30 and a strike rate of 151. He joined fellow West Indies superstar Chris Gayle who tops the career aggregates with 11,068, and New Zealander Brendon McCullum who has scored 8,985.