Tallawahs on a roll
Andre Russell produced an outstanding all-round display as the Jamaica Tallawahs completed an impressive hat-trick of home wins in the 2016 HERO Motocorp Caribbean Premier League with a 19-run victory over the Trinbago Knight Riders at Sabina Park last night.
The Tallawahs had scored wins at the weekend over the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
After thrilling the large home crowd with a boundary-studded 44, Russell came back to bag four for 23 as the Knight Riders collapsed from 105 for four to 139 for nine off their 20 overs. Dale Steyn grabbed two for 21.
South African Hashim Amla was the leading batsman for the Knight Riders with 42 off 36 balls with two fours and two sixes. Denish Ramdin supported with 31 which included a four and two sixes.
Earlier the Tallawahs received an early jolt when Chris Gayle went for a nine-ball duck. He was caught by Denish Ramdin off the bowling of Kevon Cooper.
Exciting young batsman Rovman Powell then took charge along with Kumar Sangakkara to steady the Tallawahs innings. The two featured in a 72-run stand for the third wicket before Sangakkara fell for 23 with the score on 91. He faced 21 balls and hit a four and one six.
Powell made 44 from 34 balls with two fours and four huge sixes. It was then left to the explosive Russell to lift the Tallawahs to a competitive 158 for seven off their 20 overs. The big all-rounder slammed five fours and three sixes.
The leading bowler for the Trinbago Knights Riders was Kevon Cooper with three for 22 off his allotted four overs. Captain Dwayne Bravo bagged two for 39.