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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, April 29, 2016
MUMBAI---Kieron Pollard equalled the
fastest half-century of the Indian Premier
League this season and became only the sixth
player in history to eclipse 6,000 Twenty20
runs, as he propelled Mumbai Indians to an
emphatic six-wicket victory over Kolkata
Knight Riders here yesterday.
Set 175 for victory at the Wankhede Stadium,
the hosts romped to their target with two
overs remaining, with Pollard blasting an
unbeaten 51 from a mere 17 deliveries.
He arrived at the crease at the end of the
13th over with the reigning champions Mumbai
still requiring 69 for victory, and dominated
the remainder of the innings striking two fours
and six sixes.
Captain Rohit Sharma struck an unbeaten
68 off 49 deliveries while Ambati Rayudu
chipped in with 32.
Pollard's West Indies teammate and fellow
Trinidadian, off-spinner Sunil Narine, pro-
duced a brilliant spell of two for 22 from his
four overs but was unable to halt Mumbai's
West Indies all-rounder, Andre Russell, went
wicket-less from his three overs of seam which
leaked 28 runs.
Earlier, Gautam Gambhir top-scored with
59 off 45 balls in a 69-run, first-wicket stand
with Robin Uthappa, who made 36 from 20
balls, after KKR were asked to bat.
Batting at number five, Russell stroked 22
off 16 balls with three fours before he was
bowled by Kiwi paceman Tim Southee in the
In reply, opener Parthiv Patel (1) fell to the
seventh delivery of the innings with the score
on eight for one but Rohit and Rayudu added
59 for the second wicket to launch the recov-
ery.But three wickets fell for 39 runs in the
space of 37 balls to derail the run chase and
much rested on Pollard's shoulders when he
arrived at the crease.
He announced his intention with two
boundaries off left-arm spinner Shakib al
Hasan in the 15th over and followed up in the
next over by blasting three sixes off medium
pacer Rajagopal Sathish in an over which cost
23.Both he and Rohit were kept quiet by Narine
who returned for his final over in the 17th but
Pollard finished the game in style in the next
over from left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat.
He clobbered the third delivery over mid-
wicket for six, cleared the ropes at long on
with the following delivery before finishing
the game by smashing the final delivery -- a
full toss -- over long off for this third six.
Pollard, who now has 6,009 runs, is the
second West Indies player in the 6,000-run
club along with Chris Gayle who leads the
career T20 aggregates with 8,840 runs.
With the victory, Mumbai moved into third
spot on eight points, behind KKR only on net
run rate, with Gujarat Lions two points clear
at the top. (CMC)
T&T men s Futsal team received a
stern lesson from CONCACAF cham-
pions Costa Rica in Heredia on
Wednesday night, going down 6-0 at
the Palacio de Los Deportes Indoor
Arena as both teams continued their
build up to the CONCACAF qualifiers.
The home team controlled the pace
of the match and were clinical against
a T&T team that arrived in San Jose
on the morning of the match, after their
initial flight had been cancelled. They
went ahead in the first half through
Alejandro Paniagua and later Diego
Zuniga doubled the lead before the
break for a 2-0 lead.
After the break, the Costa Ricans
increased their advantage, getting goals
from Edwin Cubillo, Isaias Mora, Carlos
Chavez and Yariel Sandi to complete
T&T created a few goalscoring oppor-
tunities but failed to capitalise, partic-
ularly in the second half. Coach Clayton
Morris, who guided the team to third
in the Caribbean championship in Jan-
uary, said the timing of the defeat was
ideal for his players.
"We have six players who have not
played at this level before and what a
way to get a baptism of fire," Morris
said. "We have been telling them what
is expected at this level and tonight's
game was something the players will
remember for the rest of their lives. I
think they are understanding more,
what is required for us to get past Hon-
"We have not been playing on this
size of field which is the regulated size
but we do not have that available to us
at home. Defensively we were quite
solid in the first 10-15 minutes but they
were able to get ahead of us.
"We have another opportunity to
play them tonight and we will be aiming
to be a lot sharper and composed on
the ball," Morris added.
Captain Jerwyn Balthazar, a member
of the Defence Force professional league
team, said he expected nothing less of
Costa Rica. "The Costa Rican team
came off a four-game training camp in
Argentina last month during which they
lost their one-off international 4-2 to
Argentina. Costa Rica has qualified for
three FIFA Futsal World Cups," Balt-
He said: "Coming into the game we
knew it would be difficult but we need-
ed this kind of challenge. This was a
lesson and hopefully we can have a
better showing on Friday. The most
important thing is the preparation for
the games against Honduras and I
believe this game would have served
us well inspite of the 6-0 loss."
Both teams will face off again today
as T&T prepares to face Honduras in
a qualifying leg in May while the Costa
Ricans are gearing up to defend its title
with a spot at the 2016 FIFA Futsal
World Cup in Colombia at stake.
cripples Narine's KKR
Kieron Pollard, second West Indies player in
the 6,000-run club.
BRIDGETOWN---The West Indies
Cricket Board are mulling over a
proposal from the Pakistan Cricket
Board, to play a Test under lights
during the Caribbean side s sched-
uled tour later this year.
West Indies are set to play two
Tests, five One-Day Internationals
and two Twenty20s against Pak-
istan in the United Arab Emirates
starting in October, and the PCB
have proposed that one of the Tests
be played as a day-night affair.
CMC Sports understands the
proposal will be under consideration
when the WICB executive com-
mittee meets here this weekend.
This has been driven in part by
the International Cricket Council's
recent call for member bodies to
"embrace the innovation" of the
The PCB are hoping West Indies
agree to the proposal as it would
add a new dimension to the series
which is expected to be otherwise
played in front empty stands.
In addition, the game would
allow Pakistan important match
practice with the pink ball, as they
gear up for their historic pink-ball'
Test against Australia in Brisbane
The PCB are keen on reviving
their cricket which has suffered
from their inability to host matches,
because of the volatile security sit-
uation in Pakistan.
Their offer to host their first game
in seven years on Pakistani soil was
rejected by the WICB earlier this
Former Test captain, Misbah-ul-
Haq, who is an advisor to the PCB's
cricket committee, said it was
important Pakistan played a Test
under lights before taking on Aus-
League organisers say the initial
response to ticket sales for the
Florida leg of the Twenty20 tour-
nament have been encouraging
and point to a successful hosting
of the matches there.
Six games in the CPL will be
played at the Lauderhill Stadium
in Fort Lauderdale from July 28-
31, marking the first time fixtures
have been carded outside of the
Caribbean region. "What's inter-
esting is that we went on sale with
tickets approximately two weeks
ago and already we've sold close to
5,000 tickets. That's a phenomenal
achievement in a short space of
time," CPL's chief operating officer,
Pete Russell, said.
"We know there is an audience
there, and there are a lot of fans
who don't get to see international
players very often, if at all."
The fourth edition of the CPL
will run from June 29 to August
six, with matches scheduled for
Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, St
Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and
Guyana, along with Florida.
All franchises will feature during
the four-day period in Florida, with
Guyana Amazon Warriors and Bar-
bados Tridents raising the curtain
on that leg.
Russell said organisers were
anticipating a strong response to
the games, especially with a large
West Indian community living in
T&T sprinter Zakiya Denoon
and her relay team of Monroe Col-
lege placed 16th overall in the girls
4x100 metres clocking 46.95 sec-
onds, to advance to the College
final at the 122nd Penn Relays in
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia yes-
Their time was not good enough
to get them into the championship
final as only the top nine teams
qualify but they will be happy to
be competing in the consolation
final for the next top nine teams.
The finals will come off today.
St Francois Girls team of Thyla
Maree Scott, Kadesha Prescott, Jem-
inise Parris and Jeneil Morris will
also get that opportunity as they
placed 13th in 48.68 to be among
the second best group of fastest fin-
ishers in the large high school girls
4x100m category. The top eight
advanced to the final while the other
eight will compete in an additional
The other local school team com-
peting in that race, Bishop's Anstey
Port-of Spain which included J'Da
Bullen, Akilah Lewis, Jeunice
Maxime and Deleth Charles placed
23rd in 49.10.
In the small high school 4x100
division, both Scarborough Sec-
ondary and Bishop's Scarborough
did place among the top teams.
Atasha Hopkins, Safiya John, Jah-
mailia Edwards and Ayla Stanisclaus,
who made up the Scarborough team
placed 52nd in 50.77 and Bishop's
Nkoni Waldron, Jamellia Potts,
Shanika Belfon and Anya Akili fin-
ished 67th in 51.15 in an event which
saw 370 schools participate.
WICB to consider PCB night Test cricket
Ticket sales point to successful US leg, say CPL organisers
No major success for local teams at Penn Relays
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