Andre Russell slams CPL’s fastest century and takes hat-trick in same match

first_imgAndre Russell managed to do the impossible as he propelled Jamaica Tallawahs to a 4-wicket victory over reigning Caribbean Premier League (CPL) champions Trinbago Knight Riders at the Queen’s Park Oval on Friday.In his debut match as captain, Russell blasted his way to a 40-ball century having earlier taken a hat-trick at the back end of the Knight Riders’s innings.With the Tallawahs appearing absolutely dead and buried at 41/5 in response to TKR’s CPL record score of 223/6 in the first innings, in stepped Russell.Favouring the leg-side but also striking spinners and seamers alike down the ground with a seemingly unstoppable combination of exquisite ball-striking and sheer brute force, Russell bent the game to his will.Sunshine snack power shot! @JAMTallawahs #cpl18 #CricketPlayedLouder T20 (@CPL) August 11, 2018His hundred came up from a CPL record-equalling 40 balls with a record-breaking 12th six. By now, though, Russell’s targets were not personal ones and he was still there at the end to send the winning six – his 13th of the night – high into the Trinidad sky and over the ropes off Sunil Narine with three balls remaining. His final tally was 121 not out from 49 balls with six fours to go with those 13 maximums.Remarkably, Russell became the second man to take a hat-trick and score a hundred in the same T20 match, England’s Joe Denly having done so for Kent only last month in the Vitality Blast.”First game as a captain at this level, definitely it’s a good start. I am gonna enjoy this till it lasts. The hard work has been paying off. I appreciate the drop catch. These things happen in the game. I’m happy that I can contribute to the team. Happy for the boys,” Russell said at the post match presentation.advertisementIn case u missed it .. @JAMTallawahs #Andrerussell #magical Richardson (@richietrash) August 11, 2018″I believe in Kennar. That’s the reason he is in the lower order with me. He’s there to back up. I’m happy for him. He’s like a brother to me. I got emotional when he got to his fifty. I don’t have a problem batting at 7. We have a dinosaur tail. I get the job done there, so I am happy,” Russell said.Russell found a willing ally in Kennar Lewis, who made 52 from 35 in a 161-run partnership, but this was all about one man.”With Andre it was pretty easy to bat, I just rotated the strike. I played simple. He’s my brother (chuckles). It (pitch) was a little bit slow in the first innings. It came onto the bat quicker later and was easier to bat,” Lewis said after the match.The Knight Riders could well have reached a total closer to 235 had it not been Russell’s hat-trick. Chris Lynn’s 27-ball 46 and half-centuries from Colin Munro (61 off 42) and Brendon McCullum (56 off 27) had set things up well, and heading into the final over, they were 212/3.What an innings @Russell12A … just brilliant!! #MVP Gayle (@henrygayle) August 11, 2018McCullum then hammered a four off Russell, but Dre Russ fought back. McCullum miscued a full-toss and walked back the very next ball, Dwayne Bravo (29) was cleaned up by a yorker, and Denesh Ramdin holed out. Russell ended with 3/38.The Knight Riders skipper Bravo admitted Russell was an unstoppable force on the day. “Well played to him and congrats on winning the first game as a captain,” he said. “Not much we can do, I’m very happy for him personally. He proved why he’s the best in the world at the moment. I hope he stays fit and healthy.”last_img