Russell hits record CPL T20 half-century

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West Indies’ Andre Russell during net pratice at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton, Britain on June 13, 2019
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West Indies hard hitting Twenty20 batsman, Andre Russell blasted a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) record 14-ball half century, as the Jamaica Tallawahs routed the St. Lucia Kings to win by 120 runs — the biggest margin of  victory  in CPL history — at Warner Park in St. Kitts and Nevis in the third match of the tournament which started on Aug. 26.

West Indies’ Obed McCoy. Associated Press/Aijaz Rahi/File

ESPNcricinfo described it as mayhem when Russell came to the wicket in the 18th over with Obed Mc Coy bowling — the Kings fast bowler had grabbed  all three of his wickets in that over.

What  ensued was carnage. Russell in a devastating form, pummeled the Kings bowling to help the Tallawahs post a mammoth 235 for five in their allotted 20 overs.
The powerful built Jamaican hit six sixes and four fours in his short but productive stay at the crease, at a strike rate of 357.14. He broke the record of JP Dumminy, who had scored 50 runs in the first 15 balls in CPL 2019.
The Kings, faced with a mammoth 256 target for victory, never found any partnerships that would get them close to the total and were bowled out for 135 in 17.3 overs.

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