- Jamaican cricketer Andre Russell landed in latest cricket news live after he made T20 cricket history in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League season
- The Jamaica Tallawahs captain scored a century and took a hat-trick in the same match and became only the 2nd player in T20 cricket to achieve the feat
West Indies star Andre Russell proved exactly why he is one of the best all-rounders in world cricket when he stirred up the latest cricket news live after making T20 cricket history in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2018) tournament on Saturday. Playing for Jamaica Tallawahs against Trinbago Knight Riders, Russell became only the 2nd players in T20 cricket history to register a hat-trick, and a century, in the very same match, and joined English cricketer Joe Denly in the record, who had achieved the similar feat in the English T20 Blast tournament a month ago.
Latest cricket news live: Andre Russell dismissed Brendon McCullum, Darren Bravo and Dinesh Ramdin in the 20th over
Playing for Jamaica Tallawahs in the CPL 2018 tournament against the defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders, team captain Andre Russell first absolutely baffled the TKR batsmen; Brendon McCullum (New Zealand legend), Darren Bravo and Dinesh Ramdin, when he dismissed them in the last over of the innings.
And while it seemed that the Knight Riders had achieved a decent score of 223, it was the superhuman Andre Russell who again baffled the opposition, this time the bowlers, and made waves in latest cricket news live with his power-hitting.
Coming in at No. 7 when Jamaica Tallawahs were at 41/5, the captain Andre Russell had a mammoth task at hand to push the team beyond the finish line. And the 30-year-old Jamaican did it with style. In the process, Andre Russell also got his name etched in the golden book of T20 cricket history. He scored an unbeaten 121* off just 49 balls to chase down Trinbago Knight Riders’ 223.
Latest cricket news live: Russell scored the fastest half-century and century of the Caribbean Premier League, playing his first match as captain of the Tallawahs
Russell also scored the fastest half-century and the fastest century as well, that has ever been witnessed in the Caribbean Premier League. He started steadily with a partnership with Kennar Lewis (51), and it saw the duo take the Jamaica Tallawahs scoreline to 86/5 by the end of the 10th over. The next target was to score 138 runs in the final 10 overs of the game. As impossible as that might have seemed, playing the first match as captain of the team, Andre Russell did not choose to give up.
The 30-year-old absolutely decimated the Trinbago bowling attack and smashed 6 boundaries and 13 sixes, finishing up with 121 runs off 49 balls. With the win, Jamaica Tallawahs made a strong statement in just their first game of the CPL 2018 season, as they not only defeated the defending champions of the CPL title, but did it such fashion that the other opponent teams would stay weary of the Andre Russell-captained Tallawahs for the remaining tournament.