New Delhi, Sep 5: West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard landed himself in yet another on-field controversy after he deliberately bowled a no-ball to deny Evin Lewis his century in the Caribbean Premier League match.
Even Lewis, batting on 97 off 32 balls, required just four more runs to slam the fastest century in CPL history while his team St Kitts and Nevis Patriots needed just one more run to beat Barbados Tridents.
Pollard, instead of being a sport and showing the spirit by bowling a legal delivery and give the opposition batsman a chance to attempt his shot, bowled a no-ball.
Patriots needed 129 runs to beat Tridents which the former achieved in 7 overs without losing a wicket, thanks to the whirlwind knock by Lewis.
Another explosive T20 batsman Chris Gayle was present at the other end but the captain proved to be just a second fiddle to Lewis in the run chase.
"It hurts (missing out on a ton), but hitting 97 not out off 33 balls? I'll take that any day," Lewis said in the post-match press conference.
So Kieron Pollard bowls a no-ball to deny Evin Lewis a hundred in CPL. S Randiv was suspended for a match when he did that to Sehwag in 2010— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) September 4, 2017
Lewis' century would have been the second fastest century in T20 history. He would have been just behind his batting partner Gayle, who slammed the fastest ton in cricket history off 30 deliveries in the Indian Premier League.
Pollard's act reminded Sri Lankan bowler Suraj Randiv's ball to Virender Sehwag in 2010, where he deliberately bowled a no-ball to leave the Indian opener stranded on 99.
Pollard has had a history of cheating on the field. The all-rounder during IPL 2017 deliberately ran a short run in the 20th over just to keep himself on strike during a match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab. But his cheating couldn't help his side as MI lost the match by 7 runs.