CPL 2020: Andre Russell blasts third CPL half-century vs Guyana Amazon Warriors

Dixit Bhargav
|Published 23/08/2020

Andre Russell blasts third CPL half-century: Jamaica’s all-rounder couldn’t help his team to go past the victory line against Guyana.

During the eighth match of the eighth season of the ongoing Caribbean Premier League between Jamaica Tallawahs and Guyana Amazon Warriors, Guyana Amazon Warriors defended the lowest-ever score in the tournament despite Jamaica Tallawahs all-rounder Andre Russell’s third half-century in the tournament.

A 14-run victory has propelled Guyana at the top of the points table. Jamaica, on the other hand, are reeling at the fifth position with two losses in three matches so far.

Talking precisely about the plentiful fans of Russell, the right-hand batsman’s innings became both a source of amazement and a sense of relief for them for he had scored 16 (17) and 25 (26) in his first two CPL 2020 outings.

With score of 48/5 in the 13th over, Russell came out to bat when Tallawahs needed 71 runs off 44 balls. In a target which was certainly in Russell’s territory, he couldn’t get his team past the victory line even after facing 37 of those deliveries.

Russell, who took nine deliveries to get off the mark, made up for his individual strike rate but lack of support at the other end meant that he alone had to do the heavy-lifting.

What followed was Russell hitting boundaries against the likes of Imran Tahir, Keemo Paul and Naveen-ul-Haq to score 52* (37) with the help of four fours and five sixes but needing 22 runs in the last over proved too much for someone of his calibre as well.

Apart from picking two, one and one wicket respectively, Guyana Amazon Warriors’ spinning-trio of captain Chris Green, Tahir and Ashmead Nedd bowling a maiden over each played a vital role in defending a 119-run target.

Andre Russell blasts third CPL half-century

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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