CPL 2018, Andre Russell, Jamaica Tallawahs
Andre Russell Photo Credit: CPL 2018

Jamaica Tallawahs all-rounder, Andre Russell bagged a hattrick before hammering a brilliant hundred against the Trinbago Knight Riders in the 3rd game of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2018.

Meanwhile, Knight Riders banked on their batsmen to post a massive target of 223 runs on the board. While it looked like a really tough job, Russell came to the rescue of his side and this time with the bat.

Jamaica had the worst possible start losing four of their top batsmen within 16 runs. Ali Khan was spectacular with the new ball picking three while Fawad Ahmed chipped in with one. Since then Johnson Charles and Kennar Lewis started to steady the ship for Jamaica but it was soon when Trinbago struck back.

It was the wicket of Charles which brought Andre Rusell to the crease. With the team reeling at 41 for 5, Russell took the charge to the opposition. The bowlers who were riping fruit earlier now looked like a mere club bowler. That’s the power of giant Windies all-rounder.

CPL 2018: Twitter Erupts as Andre Russell Puts on a Brilliant Effort with Bat and Ball
Andre Russell played a brilliant hand in CPL 2018. Getty Images

While everybody thought the game was over, Andre Russell turned the faith of the game single-handedly. He struck 13 sixes and six fours in his unbeaten knock of 121 runs to guide teh Tallawahs home. He 13 sixes meant he has hit the most number of sixes in a CPL inning. His unbeaten knock did the impossible thing for Jamaica guiding them to a four-wicket win.

Previously, when Trinbago was set to cross the 250-run landmark, it was Andre Russell to put the brakes on. He picked three back-to-back crucial wickets in the last over of the innings to keep the target within reach.

As a result, Andre Russell becomes the only 2nd player in T20 history to score a century and take a hat-trick in the same match. Joe Denly achieved the same feat last month in the Vitality Blast.

This is how the Twitter reacted over Andre Russell’s excellent effort:

 

 

Ankush Das

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