Caribbean Premier League 12th match: Andre Russell’s blistering innings downs St Lucia

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Russell single-handedly demolished the St Lucia Zouks

It was raining boundaries and sixes as West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell blazed his way to 47 off 19 balls to lead the Jamaica Tallawahs to a six-wicket win over the St Lucia Zouks.

Russell was well supported by flamboyant batsman Chris Gayle, who scored 40, and by Vernon Philander, who took two wickets.

St Lucia captain Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bat first.

The decision seemed to backfire as St Lucia lost opening batsman Andre Fletcher for just two runs and Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq for only one run.

South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs and Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal steadied St Lucia’s innings with a 47-run partnership before Gibbs was run out for 22.

Iqbal continued to pile on the runs as he reached his half-century and recorded a 53-run partnership with Sammy at a run rate of 9.35 before he was dismissed for a brilliant 75 off 62 balls, which included six boundaries and three sixes.

Sammy found himself back in the pavilion soon after as he was caught out off the bowling of Philander for 26 off 18 deliveries, which included one boundary and two maximums.

St Lucia collapsed towards the end of their innings, but managed to register 142 runs at the end of their 20 overs.

Philander was the pick of Jamaica’s bowlers with two wickets, while Russell, David Bernard and Muttiah Muralitharan all took one wicket apiece.

Chasing 143 runs to win, the Tallawahs found themselves in early trouble as opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad was dismissed for 11 runs and Nkrumah Bonner followed soon after with just five runs next to his name.

Gayle stabilised the innings with a sensible 40 off 31 balls, which included two boundaries and three sixes, before he too was on his way back to the pavilion after being caught out off the bowling of Shane Shillingford.

With Danza Hyatt only chipping in with 13 runs, the Zouks suddenly looked to be the favourites, but that was before Russell stepped to the crease and delivered the knock-out blow.

Russell played an unbelievable innings, smashing 47 runs off 19 balls, which included three boundaries and four sixes, to take the Tallawahs across the finish line.

Philander played his part as well as he remained unbeaten on 18 runs off five deliveries, which included one boundary and two sixes.

Sammy, Shillingford, Garey Mathurin and Nelon Pascal all snapped up one wicket each.

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