“This is your night”: Ian Bishop rejoices as Fabian Allen scores three sixes off Akila Dananjaya to win 3rd T20I

Dixit Bhargav
|Published 08/03/2021

Fabian Allen scores three sixes: The West Indian all-rounder was declared the Man of the Match for his all-round contribution today.

During the third T20I of the ongoing Sri Lanka’s tour of West Indies in Antigua, West Indies all-rounder Fabian Allen contributed across departments to win the match and the three-match series for the hosts.

Chasing a 132-run target, West Indies were reduced to 105/7 in the 17th over as the Sri Lankan bowlers not just bowled economically but also picked wickets at regular intervals.

With the all-rounder pair of Jason Holder (14*) and Fabian Allen in the middle, West Indies needed 20 runs in the last two overs when the latter yet again proved as to why he possesses the potential to become a dangerous finisher in the format.

Having faced a solitary delivery before the penultimate over, Allen hit three convincing sixes off Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya to seal the chase with an over to go receiving instant applause from former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop, who was calling the game at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.

Following his bowling figures of 4-0-13-1 with a match-winning 21* (6), Allen was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ in the deciding match and rightly so. Other than Allen, West Indies opening batsmen Lendl Simmons (26) and Evin Lewis (21) also contributed in a 3-wicket victory.

Allen, who was bought by Punjab Kings at his base price of INR 75 lakh in IPL 2021 auction last month, has given a hint of what he can do as a genuine all-rounder in the format.

Fabian Allen scores three sixes

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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