Written by Manju Sharma Posted On: Thursday, 16 February 2017
Andre Russell smashed a fabulous century as Jamaica Tallawahs proceeded to the final of the tournament by securing a 19-run victory over Trinbago Knight Riders by the DLS method in the rain affected third playoff game of the Caribbean Premier League in St Kitts.
Trinbago Knight Riders opted to field first after winning the toss, which was delayed by 30 minutes due to rain.
An extra three-hour allowance was given to the game to account for the rain threat. Chris Gayle (35) blazed off to a terrific start. But Chadwick Walton (15) was dismissed after a brief cameo in the fourth over.
With Walton’s dismissal, the rain came down, halting play for 25 minutes. An over after the resumption, Kumar Sangakkara (5) holed out to long off, leaving.
Jamaica Tallawahs at 52 for two after six overs.
Jamaica Tallawahs lost Gayle and Rovman Powell (2) in the next four overs and were reduced to 69 for four at the half-way mark.
Russell (100) took off in the 11th over, hitting two sixes. In the 13th over, the rain made another appearance, stopping the game for nearly an hour.
Russell raced away to a 23-ball fifty in the 15th over, by the end of which, Jamaica Tallawahs had reached 140 for four.
While Shakib Al Hasan (19) kept one end locked up, Russell kept dealing in boundaries and sixes from the other end, plundering three sixes in the 17th over.
Hasan fell in the 18th over to Kevon Cooper (3-45). Russell smashed two more sixes and a four, completing his century in the final over in 42-balls, the fastest in the tournament history.
Despite losing Russell and Jonathan Foo (8) in the final over, Jamaica Tallawahs scored 126 runs in the last 10 overs to end up with 195 for seven on the board.
In the chase, Umar Akmal (6) was run out after a mix-up in the second over. At the end of the third over, the skies opened up yet again.
This time, the rain stayed put for nearly two hours and Trinbago Knight Riders were given a revised target of 130 runs from 12 overs, which meant they needed 112 runs from nine overs.
Colin Munro (38) began well with three fours in the fourth over, but only 25 runs came from the next three overs. The pressure resulted in Munro’s wicket in the eighth over.
Hashim Amla (37) continued to play positively in the next two overs but Trinbago Knight Riders lost Amla, Sunil Narine (6) and Dwayne Bravo (0) in the 11th over, leaving 29 runs to be scored from the last over.
Brendon McCullum (8) and Cooper (0) perished as Trinbago Knight Riders crashed out of the tournament after scoring just 110 for seven.
This 19-run victory by DLS method took Jamaica Tallawahs into the final of the tournament. Russell was the man of the match for his all-round efforts.
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