CPL 2020: Andre Russell imitates Rashid Khan’s celebration after a lucky escape
Russell went on to score a half-century, but his knock went in vain.
Updated - Sep 6, 2020 9:14 am
Andre Russell started the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a couple of uncharacteristic knocks where he even played at a strike-rate of less than a run-a-ball. However, as the tournament has progressed, he has found his mojo, much to the delight of the Jamaica Tallawahs. In their penultimate league match against the Barbados Tridents, Dre-Russ weaved magic.
Batting at number four, he smashed 54 off 28 with the help of four fours and five sixes. He came in after Hayden Walsh Jr got rid of Pakistan’s Asif Ali. However, during his knock, Russell had a lucky escape after almost being cleaned up by Rashid Khan. The Jamaican marauder went for an agricultural hoick over the deep mid-wicket region and missed the leather altogether.
Andre Russell has fun
The ball crashed on to the stumps, even lighting up the bails. But the bails didn’t move of its groove, leaving everyone bemused. Thereafter, Russell and Rashid were involved in a hilarious banter. Russell tried to imitate the way the talented Afghanistan spinner celebrates, spreading his arms. Seeing that, Rashid, playfully, tried to kick the opposition batsman.
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Tridents bow out on a high
The Tridents, led by Jason Holder, started the tournament with a victory over the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at the Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad. But from there on, their campaign went for a toss. Their last match against the Tallawahs was inconsequential. It’s because while the Tallawahs had already confirmed their berth in the semis, the Tridents were knocked out.
But Holder and Co signed off with a victory by seven wickets. After some shoddy batting show in their earlier matches, Barbados showed what they are capable of. The Tallawahs put up a competitive 161 for four in their 20 overs, courtesy Dre-Russ’ 54 and Jermaine Blackwood’s 59-ball 74. In the run-chase, the Tridents lost Johnson Charles and Shamarh Brooks early.
But Jonathan Carter (45) and skipper Holder (69) got their innings back into track. The duo put on 90 for the third wicket. Mitchell Santner batted higher up the order and churned out a 21-ball 35 with three fours and two sixes. In the end, the Tridents overhauled the target with 10 balls to spare.