Russel burns bright as Shakib mellows
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell stepped up in spectacular fashion to drive Jamaica Tallawahs to a convincing 19-run win over Trinbago Knight Riders to take the Jamaicans to the top of the six-team Caribbean Premier League table at Sabina Park on Monday.
Russell's fellow all-rounder in the side, Bangladesh's star player Shakib Al Hasan, had an off day compared to his stellar showings in the previous two matches. Shakib scored only 10 runs in Jamaica's innings of 158 for seven after the home side were asked to bat. Then the left-arm spinner leaked 28 runs in his three overs as Jamaica kept Trinbago to 139 for nine. Shakib did however pick up the wicket of Umar Akmal, having him caught at point to bring the Knight Riders down to 60 for four in their chase.
It was Russel's match however, as the big-hitting fast bowler first stamped his authority with a 24-ball 44 including five boundaries and three sixes. He was even more impressive with the ball, picking up the wickets of William Perkins, Denesh Ramdin, Kevon Cooper and Sunil Narine to finish with four for 23 in four overs.
SCORES IN BRIEF
JAMAICA: 158 for 7 (Russell 44, Powell 44, Sangakkara 23; Cooper 3-22, Bravo 2-39, Narine 1-22)
TRINBAGO: 139 for 9 (Amla 42, Ramdin 31; Russell 4-23, Steyn 2-21, Wasim 1-15, Shakib 1-28)
Result: Jamaica Tallawahs won by 19 runs.
Player-of-the-match: Andre Russell.