Andre Russell’s scorching maiden ton off 44 balls helps Jamaica Tallawahs defeat Trinbago Knight Riders by 19 runs to reach for the finals of CPL 2016

The Qualifier 2 game in the Caribbean Premier League 2016 saw Jamaica Tallawahs lock horns with defending Champions Trinbago Knight Riders at Warner Park, Basseterre. The game was a knockout fixture as the side who comes out on top will meet Guyana in the finals of Caribbean Premier League 2016 on August 7.

Andre Russell delivered a scintillating innings under pressure to score his maiden century in T20 format as Jamaica Tallawahs won the game by 19 runs against Trinbago Knight Riders. The win meant that Jamaica will meet Guyana in the finals. Dwayne Bravo won the toss for Knight Riders and decided to field first. Jamaica Tallawahs openers Chris Gayle and Chadwick Wilson got off to a decent start. Kevon Cooper came into the attack and dismissed Wilson for 15.Chris Gayle was once again looked promising but was undone by a delivery from Kevon Cooper to be dismissed on 35 runs. The quick dismissals of Rovman Powell and Kumar Sangakarra meant that Jamaica Tallawahs were placed in a precarious position at 67 for 4 after 9 overs. André Russell came to the crease in a tricky situation and went on the charge from the word go as looked to be aggressive against all the bowlers. He punished all the bowlers and slayed all of them in last five overs to complete his maiden ton off 44 balls. Russell struck three sixes and eleven sixes in his innings as he changed the complexion of the game out of nowhere as Tallawahs ended their innings at 195 for 7 after 20 overs.

The mid-innings break saw the rain delay the game as a lot of time was lost in the process. The equation for defending Champions Trinbago Knight Riders was to score 130 runs to win the game off 12 overs according to Duckworth-Lewis method. The chase saw Knight Riders lose opener Umar Akmal early in the innings as he was run-out after mix-up with Amla to see them placed at 9 for 1 after the first over of the innings. Hashim Amla and Colin Munro put together 59 runs and threatened to take the game close but spin duo of Imad Wasim and Shakib-ul-Hasan delivered with the ball on the night. The spinners for Tallawahs took five wickets between them and conceded 30 runs from 4 overs. The rest of the batting lineup faltered under the asking rate as the Knight Riders lost five wickets and made 16 runs from the last three overs to see them fall short of the target by 19 runs.

Jamaica Tallawahs go through to the finals due to incredible innings played by Andre Russell as they will compete against Guyana Amazon Warriors at Basseterre on August 7 in the finals of the Caribbean Premier League 2016.

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