He has been dubbed ‘Superman’ by his many adoring cricket fans, but yesterday, Andre Russell proved that superheroes do have their days off, as his late heroics with the bat couldn’t prevent the Jamaica Tallawahs from going down by 19 runs to the Trinbago Knight Riders in their Caribbean Premier League (CPL) encounter at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.
Chasing a victory target of 185 set by the Knight Riders, The Tallawahs batting faltered once again, as they could only get to 165 for six in their 20 overs, thanks largely to a late order blitz from Russell, who clobbered 50 from 23 balls.
Having missed the last two encounters with a sore knee, Russell found enough fitness to take his place in the Tallawahs line-up, and the right-hander almost pulled his team over the line.
Russell came to the crease in the 13th over with his team at 84 for four, still needing just over 100 runs to win. He first took 10 runs off Sunil Narine’s final over, then took 14 runs out of Jayden Seales’ only over, which went for 22, as the Tallawahs needed 46 off the last two overs.