Kieron Pollard sparks chase to help Surrey maintain unbeaten run

Surrey 152 for six (Pollard 34, Dawson 2-21) beat Hampshire 151 for 7 (Fuller 39*, Overton 2-21) by 4 wickets

Kieron Pollard selected the bottom that introduced again recollections of one of the vital distressing moments of his profession to place his worst IPL season behind him and restate his credentials as one of the vital damaging batters on the earth.

It was a soupçon at finest, the merest trace that Pollard, at 35, can nonetheless have many explosive moments in retailer, however his 34 from 22 was important to increase Surrey’s document of eight consecutive wins and keep their supremacy within the South Group. Hampshire, buoyant after 4 successive victories, made them work on a superb pitch providing tempo and bounce earlier than conceding a four-wicket margin with 5 balls to spare.

It was on the Ageas Bowl, within the T20 remaining 10 years in the past, that Pollard was struck within the eye by a brief ball from Dominic Cork. His proper eye was closed by the swelling and he feared severe harm, although scans in a Southampton hospital revealed nothing untoward, and it was practically per week later after his return to Trinidad when he was happy that his sight was unaffected.

Pollard had not performed on this floor since, and he appeared bent upon exacting satisfying revenge till Joe Weatherley ended his innings with a flying seize to his proper at deep sq. leg after James Fuller had been deposited into the leg aspect. Pollard smoothed in the direction of the pavilion with a philosophical nod of the pinnacle in recognition of the standard of the catch. That left Surrey solely 22 runs quick with 26 balls and 5 wickets remaining, and so they reverted to an strategy of minimal threat to chip them off.

Such has been Pollard’s lean run that his 34 was his highest return since he made 41 towards England in Barbados in January. He has been a key aspect in Mumbai Indians’ 5 IPL crowns since 2010, however he completed the most recent marketing campaign with solely 144 runs beneath his belt at a mean of 14.40 and a strike fee of 107.46 – his lowest strike fee in any IPL season. With Surrey so dominant, he had been restricted to a couple cameos, staying in trim with the hope of larger issues to return.

That led to Ian Bishop suggesting that Pollard had borne the load of Mumbai Indians’ failures too closely and that he needed to reinvent himself. There was not a lot signal of reinvention on the Ageas, extra a reaffirmation, as he slammed the legspin of Mason Crane for successive sixes over additional cowl and long-off, the second of them brutally mistimed as his prime hand got here off the bat however he nonetheless landed the ball deep into the stands.

Fuller’s fast-medium was then whipped by mid-off twice in a row with superior energy. Nathan Ellis was swatted by sq. leg as an irritant not price his consideration. The acquainted Pollard was by then in mode: the saunter down the pitch and the dismissive little contact of the highest of his thigh pad to substantiate that issues have been going nicely. Rory Burns, at that time, simply performed the supporting function of token glove puncher, however he had the nous to stay round in understated style till the match was received. The decisive second got here with eight runs wanted from seven balls, at which level the Australian Ellis tried to bounce out Chris Jordan and the ball whistled for six.

Hampshire had been inserted on a pitch that originally was so fast the match might need been rescheduled for Perth. James Vince, on the again of a chic century on Friday night time, was dropped by Burns on 19 when he drilled Gus Atkinson to backward level, however it was not overly pricey: Jamie Overton’s popularity is rising and the considered a brief ball on a quick pitch brought about Vince to belief to the again foot and be lbw to a fullish one. The center order faltered towards Sunil Narine and Jordan, the latter taking a shocking return catch to dismiss Ross Whiteley. It took Fuller’s elan (39 not out from 22 balls) to publish a significant rating.

Vince, unsurprisingly, is main Hampshire’s restoration from a poor begin to the season and lies second to Rilee Rossouw within the event’s runs tally.

Overton, who hopes to make his Check debut at Headingley, had a combined afternoon. He added a second wicket when Weatherley pulled him to deep sq. leg, however on a pitch that suited him all the way down to the bottom, he didn’t fairly assemble the hostility which may have been anticipated.

Maybe with a Check debut on the horizon he was being barely conservative in his strategy, maybe he was taking a steady-away strategy to the shorter format. Whichever it was, it was a reduction to find that when he fell over in his follow-through in his third over no hurt was completed.

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