Brisbane grab last-ball victory over Adelaide
West Indian whirlwind Kieron 'Polly' Pollard played a cracker for the Adelaide Strikers but Brisbane Heat pinched a dramatic last-ball win in Thursday night's Twenty20 Big Bash League match.
Pollard, a day after arriving in Adelaide, smashed 48 runs from just 23 balls as the Strikers posted 8-185 from their 20 overs.
The Trinidad star then took two clutch wickets and fluked a run out as Brisbane were left with four runs to win from the final ball.
Brisbane's Chris Hartley hit the ultimate delivery from Striker speedster Gary Putland over cover towards the boundary and the batsmen ran three as Callum Ferguson dived to stop the ball.
But replays showed Ferguson failed by a whisker to halt the ball and, after an agonising minute-long review as players stood mid-pitch awaiting the verdict, the Heat were winners, finishing 7-186.
Hartley played down his final-ball heroics.
"I'm still trying to work out what happened," Hartley said of hitting the final ball for four to win.
"It's a cliche in cricket, but the more you think about what you're trying to do, the more you usually stuff up.
"A little bit of luck goes your way ... and you're able to take advantage of it but there are no secret formulas."
Adelaide captain Johan Botha said the loss was particularly bitter.
"It's never nice to lose close games," he said.
Botha remained uncertain from initial replays whether Hartley's strike was a four.
"The one replay we saw on the field, you can't say from that far out from the big screen," he said.
Brisbane's run chase was on track when one-time ticking time bomb Luke Pomersbach exploded with the bat, making 65 from 39 balls.
Pomersbach, who considers himself lucky to be alive after a period of alcohol abuse, hit eight fours and two sixes to propel Brisbane to 1-105 in the 12th over.
But in the next 14 balls, Adelaide's Pollard claimed Joe Burns (37 from 30 balls), Pomersbach fell to spinner Cameron Boyce, and Pollard struck again to dismiss Sri Lankan allrounder Thisara Perera.
And with the Heat needing 35 runs from their final three overs, Pollard dropped a tough caught and bowled chance from Chris Lynn, only to watch the ball rebound into the bowler's end stumps with Brisbane's Ben Cutting stranded out of his crease.
The Heat required 14 runs from Putland's final over, with Peter Forrest blasting a six before Hartley's last-ball heroics.
Earlier the Strikers made 8-185 with Pollard muscling three sixes and five fours to overshadow his teammate Ferguson's stylish 52 from 36 balls.