Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell was in command performance at Sabina Park, Monday night as the hard-hitting batsman punished the opposing bowlers by hitting 44 runs and later claimed 4-23, to put the Jamaica Tallawahs in pole position in a 19-run victory over the Trinbago Knight Riders in the CPLT20 tournament.
Sent to bat, the Tallawahs scored 158-7 off their 20-overs, despite losing big-hitting captain Chris Gayle for a nine-ball duck. Rovman Powell, the find of the CPL tournament this season, hit a career T20 best of 44, to help steady the Tallawahs innings with a 72 run 3rd wicket partnership with Kumar Sangakkara.
Andre Russell then turned up the heat with a late flourish, banging 5x4s and 3x6s in his innings of 44 against Kevon Cooper 3-22.
The Knight Riders were always on a tight leash with Dale Steyn and Russell in the attack, as while Steyn took 2 wickets and worked the Knight Riders batsmen over, Russell took 4-23 to ensure the touring team failed to reach the victory target of 159, closing at 139-9. Hashim Amla made 42.
The Tallawahs have now assumed the Championship lead with 11 points, one ahead of Guyana Amazon Warriors, while the Barbados Tridents are third on 7 points.
The Tridents face the Tallawahs at 8pm on Wednesday at Sabina Park, with the Tallawahs seeking a clean sweep of their 4 match home stand.
Final scores: Jamaica Tallawahs 158-7 (R. Powell 44, A. Russell 44, K. Cooper 3-22) beat Trinbago Knight Riders (139-9, H. Amla 42, A. Russell 4-23) by 19 runs.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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