Low-keyed Russell no hindrance to Knights form


November 27, 2015
AP Andre Russell


West Indies all-rounder AndrE Russell had a low-key day by his standards, but Knights barely blinked as they beat Lions by 29 runs in a convincing performance in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old made just 11 as Knights, sent in, piled up 175 for five off their 20 overs at Senwes Park.

Reeze Hendricks top-scored with 72 off 56 deliveries in an opening stand of 90 off 63 balls with Rilee Rossouw, who smashed 46 from 29 balls.

Russell threatened, albeit briefly, when he slammed two fours in the first eight balls he faced. However, he perished attempting to clear the ropes, holing out to long-off fast-bowler Hardus Viljoen in the 15th over.

Left-arm seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe (2-41) and left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso (2-26) finished with two wickets apiece.

When Knights fielded, however, Russell sent down a disciplined four-over spell which cost just 21 runs and yielded one wicket, as Lions were held to 146 for nine.

Seamer Malusi Siboto was the best bowler with three for 29.

Opener Rassie van der Dussen hit a top score of 40 off 29 deliveries.

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