Caribbean Premier League 1st semi-final: Russell’s blitz knocks out Trinidad and Tobago

Russell celebrates after hitting the winning runs

Russell celebrates after hitting the winning runs

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Jamaica Tallawahs all-rounder Andre Russell smashed a stunning half-century to end the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel’s season.

Russell was well supported by fellow all-rounder David Bernard, who took three wickets.

Even though Russell stole the majority of the spotlight, Trinidad and Tobago batsman Ross Taylor deserves a lot of credit for his valiant knock of 70.

Jamaica captain Chris Gayle would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first after Bernard ripped through Trinidad and Tobago’s top order to leave them reeling on 36/3.

Taylor and Darren Bravo steered Trinidad and Tobago’s innings back in the right direction with a vital 110-run partnership, during which Taylor brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Jerome Taylor at fine leg off the bowling Rusty Theron.

Taylor’s entertaining knock of 70 came off 44 balls and included seven boundaries and three sixes.

Taylor struck seven boundaries and three sixes during his gutsy knock of 70

Taylor struck seven boundaries and three sixes during his gutsy knock of 70

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Theron struck again just three balls later when Bravo was caught by Nkrumah Bonner at midwicket for 33.

Nicolas Pooran only made three runs before he was caught by Theron at fine leg off the bowling of Russell.

Thanks to Taylor and Bravo, Trinidad and Tobago finished on 155/6 off their 20 overs.

Bernard was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Theron snapped up two and Russell chipped in with one.

Chasing 156 to win, Jamaica got off to a horrible start as Gayle was given out lbw off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel for just one run.

Chadwick Walton only made eight runs before he was caught by Jason Mohammed at midwicket off the bowling of Sulieman Benn.

Adam Voges failed to have an impact with the bat as he was run out by Evin Lewis for one run.

Jermaine Blackwood fared no better as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Benn.

Bernard didn’t do well either as he was caught by Taylor at mid-on off the bowling of Benn for six runs.

Bonner managed to make 39 runs before he was run out by Kevon Cooper.

With Jamaica struggling at 76/6 in the 14th over, Russell and Theron took over.

The pair amassed an unbeaten 82-run partnership, during which Russell registered his half-century, to lead Jamaica to a four-wicket win.

Russell finished on 62 off just 27 balls, which included five boundaries and four sixes, while Theron remained undefeated on 18 off 13 deliveries, which included one six.

Benn was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Gabriel claimed one.

Russell was named Man of the Match for his game-winning knock of 62.

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