This time around it was the outstanding performance of a fellow West Indian, playing for the Mumbai Indians that orchestrated the 31 run defeat for Sarwan’s Amazon Conquerors.
The Mumbai Indians defeat was spearheaded by a superb batting display from Trinidadian and West Indies player, Kieron Pollard, who smashed his way to a hard-hitting 72 runs from 30 balls. Pollard produced 9 huge sixes in his dominating stroke- play, against the Guyanese team.
Batting at number three, Pollard helped his team in a blazing run spree, scoring some 40 runs in the last 12 balls. By the time Pollard reached the centre though, the batting platform had already been established by Sachin Tendulka, (48), and Shikhar Dhawan, (39), who used the first 10 overs, to amass a total of 82.
The remaining 10 overs proved to be as electrifying, with Mumbai Indians scoring 100, led by the parade of sixes from Pollard.
Guyana’s only bright spot was the outstanding bowling performance of Devenda Bishoo, who picked up 3 wickets for 34 runs, including the prized scalp of Tendulka, who later voluntarily signed the ball and delivered it to Bishoo as a gift he will cherish for the rest of his cricketing career.
Batting second, and chasing a total of 184, Guyana showed some signs of possibilities ahead, up to the 18th over when they were leveled with the Mumbai Indians, during their turn at the wicket. But the last 2 overs were not enough for Guyana to accelerate to meet the required target.
Captain Sarwan led the way with a flashy 46 from 38 balls, with all rounder Chris Barnwell, scoring 24 from 15 balls. Guyana eventually reached only 153, for 6, from their 20 overs. The Mumbai Indians, in comparison made their 184 for 4 wickets from their 20 overs.
Guyana’s, remaining two matches are against the Highveld Lions, on Sunday and then on Tuesday they play the South Australian Redbacks.