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Andre Russell’s all-round performance for Jamaica Tallawahs lights up Caribbean Premier League

Andre Russell’s all-round talent was on full display in a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) game for the Jamaica Tallawahs against the Trinbago Knight Riders.

cricket Updated: Aug 11, 2018 12:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Andre Russell scored 121 off 49 balls and also took 3 wickets as the Jamaica Tallawahs beat the Trinbago Knight Riders by 4 wickets. (Twitter)

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell is considered one of the most entertaining and effective cricketers in modern Twenty20 cricket.

His ability to routinely clear the boundary is at par with the hardest hitters in the game and he can consistently hit the 140 km/h mark with the ball when fully fit. His athleticism makes him a handy fielder as well.

His all-round talent was on full display in a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) game against the Trinbago Knight Riders as he scored a hundred, took a hat-trick and also pulled off an amazing catch to power the Jamaica Tallawahs to an unlikely victory.

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Batting first, the Knight Riders were 212/3 in the 19th over. Russell, who was captaining the Tallawahs for the first time, took it upon himself to bowl the final over of the game.

Brendon McCullum hit Russell for a four but was caught at long on off the very next ball. After that, the dangerous Darren Bravo was bowled before Dinesh Ramdin also holed out. Russell ended with figures of 3/38.

Chasing 224, the Tallawahs were 41/5 at one stage before Russell and Kennar Lewis stitched together a 161-run stand for the sixth wicket that laid the foundations for their win.

Russell ended the match unbeaten at 121 off just 49 balls, hitting 6 fours and 13 sixes and breaking the record for the fastest ever 100 scored in the CPL as the Tallawahs registered a 4-wicket win.

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The 223 runs posted by the Knight Riders was the highest score in CPL history for all of one innings, as the Tallawahs broke that record by scoring 225 in reply.

Knight Riders skipper Dwayne Bravo admitted Russell was simply unplayable. “Well played to him and congrats on winning the first game as a captain. Not much we can do, I’m very happy for him personally. He proved why he’s the best in the world at the moment. I hope he stays fit and healthy.”

First Published: Aug 11, 2018 12:35 IST