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Andre Russell’s 14 Ball Fifty Makes Galle Gladiators Staggers

Andre Russell’s blistering 14-ball fifty knock sees his Sri Lanka Premier League team Colombo Kings puts a record in the scorebook — 96 in five overs.

The Windies allrounder smashed the ball all over the park, and when the dust was settled, he was 65 not out from 19 balls – including a 14-ball fifty.

Russell’s half-century gained him the title of the fifth-fastest fifty in T20 cricket.

The flamboyant Jamaican batter hit 13 of the 19 balls he faced for either four or six in his 19-ball knock of 65 not out.

Russell’s half-century was the joint fifth-fastest in the history of T20 cricket, only bettered by 12-ball efforts from fellow West Indian Chris Gayle, India’s Yuvraj Singh, and Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai and former England batsman Marcus Trescothick’s 13-ball onslaught for Somerset.

Kings, who had been put into bat by Galle captain Shahid Afridi, powered the highest score in any reduced five-over-a-side match, with Russell taking the Gladiators’ attack apart.

The 32-year-old smoked three fours and two sixes in Mohammad Amir’s first over and followed that with a six and three fours off Asitha Fernando in the second.

Russell was on 44 from 11 balls and a six away from matching the fastest T20 half-century in history but could only take one from the 12th delivery he faced and had to wait for two more balls to hit the milestone.

Danushka Gunathilaka top-scored for Gala with an unbeaten 30 as the Gladiators managed to get to 62 for 2.

Peter Peterkin, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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