The Titans needed 11 runs to win the match when Pollard stepped up to bowl the final over. He was slammed for 21 runs in one over by Qaasim Adams, and it might have been a lottery to use the West Indian all-rounder in the final over.
But Pollard defended the over superbly after he was deposited for a six by David Wiese off the first delivery. He finished with two for 28 in three overs. Earlier, Pollard finished unbeaten on 56. His swashbuckling contribution steered the Cobras to 169 for six.
“I did not have a lot of options for that final over. I could have used GF (Linde), who bowled well, but if Darren Sammy and Wiese had got half a bat on it, it would have sailed for sixes,” said Ontong.
“Kieron knew Sammy, which was an advantage.
“And he has played in more than 250 T20-matches, so he knows what to do.
“He is also a big hitter. Kieron senses what the attacking arcs of destructive batsmen are, and which deliveries they least want to face.
“A big bonus is that Kieron could quickly summarize the situation,” he added.
“Yet, we got lucky. If Sammy had stayed strong at the crease, that delivery by Kieron could have been hit out of the ground. It was in his (Sammy’s) arc,” said Ontong about the penultimate ball which saw Sammy caught near the long-on boundary by the skipper.