Pollard hammered 56 off 29 balls with three fours and four sixes against The Unlimited Titans. During the Titans innings, he defended 11 runs in the final over successfully by taking two wickets and limiting the damage to a six off the first ball in a Ram Slam T20 Challenge clash on Sunday at Kingsmead in Durban.
He kept his composure under enormous pressure to propel the Cobras to a 4-run win in a match that went right down to the wire.
As a result of Pollard’s one-man-demolition job with the bat and his remarkable calmness when delivering that final over, the Cobras moved to third on the table.
In the opening match of the campaign, Pollard hit 72 off 36 balls and took three for 22 at a vital stage to shut out the charging Titans.
“I think the Cobras are having a few challenges on the bowling front through no fault of their own,” said Matthews.
“They have been the best domestic side in South Africa the past four years. But this season, they field an inexperienced bowling unit, as they have lost Beuran Hendricks and Dane Piedt through injury, while Rory Kleinveldt is also currently side-lined. And Vernon Philander has joined the national team in the One Day Internationals.
“So they have had a few issues, but Pollard has off-set that to a degree with his contributions with bat and ball,” said Matthews.
Pollard is averaging 142 with the bat right now, and has taken 8 wickets, more than any other member of the Nashua Cape Cobras attack.
He has spoken in public about the importance of not blinking first, or panicking. And it has been his ability to remain unflustered in the moment critique that has made him a world-class acquisition for the Cobras.