Caribbean Premier League 2013 August 26, 2013

Russell's sixes, Shakib's 6 for 6

Renaldo Matadeen
ESPNcricinfo presents the top five moments from the inaugural Caribbean Premier League
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Devon Thomas' catch of Dwayne Smith
Removing Smith off fellow Bajan Kemar Roach never looked as good as this. Thomas, known for his antics as a wicketkeeper usually for Leeward Islands, proved that plucking a ball out of the air in spectacular fashion was something not exclusive to baseball or the American National Football League. The fact that he took it leaping with his right hand stretched over his head made it much more dynamic. The nonchalant manner in which he performed this acrobatic feat left the crowd in disbelief.

Krishmar Santokie dismantling Chris Gayle's stumps
A perfectly pitched delivery. More than Gayle playing all over it, it was the ball beating the batsman comprehensively. Gayle was somewhat struggling to build his team's foundation in the CPL and Jamaica Tallawah's momentum was nowhere near the upswing as Guyana Amazon Warriors'. The Jamaican seamer Santokie was the focal point of Guyana's early-stage campaign and this wicket exemplified that. Gayle's look back at the stumps on his way out was priceless and Santokie knew this would be a scalp to remember.

Ricky Ponting's verbal tussle with Tino Best
Best's exuberance and passion often gets the best of him, as the English would attest, and who better to prod at his strings than Ponting. Ponting's often been chastised by West Indian fans, not because of his skill as a player or captain, but by his on-field "extra-curriculars". As he and Best taunted each other, it was clear that one was playing mind games to get the other to react. Darren Sammy had to restrain Best but the Caribbean region surely enjoyed this exchange. Ponting's wry smile said it all.

Andre Russell's 29* off 6
Seeing the second semi-final ending with three consecutive sixes was worth the price of admission. Russell was the leading six-hitter in the tournament with 16 and he pulled out shots from his arsenal at every juncture. These series of moments combined to form one of the most jovial sparks of the CPL and with each blow, Barbados captain Kieron Pollard's head dropped lower and lower. How the tables were turned with Russell administering Pollard a bit of his own medicine. Russell was one of the most consistently entertaining factors of the tournament.

Shakib Al Hasan's sixth wicket
Shakib became the darling of the CPL with unbelievable figures of 6 for 6 against Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel. As he took his sixth wicket, the approval of the home crowd at Bridgetown roared through the night. Any one of these "superb six" could be counted as his most cherished. But it was his celebration on the final one that resonated the most. The CPL held a new appreciation for the Bangladeshi as he consigned Dwayne Bravo's men to defeat. As Bravo slumped, resigned to his crushing loss, the high-fives and smiles of the Barbados players relegated T&T fans into acknowledging how much the CPL would gain from these international stars.

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • BRUTALANALYST on August 26, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    The CPL was fantastic, I was a little pensive about how it would come off but form the first game I knew it was going to be amazing. Full crowds, W.I legends coaching, Carnival atmosphere balanced sides heated cricket it was really amazing for the first one and it's only going to get bigger. I would say 3 overseas stars each side is perfect there is no need for more as there is a lot of local talent which makes things exciting and discovers new players. I'd just say the deadwood like Gibbs, Kemp, Rudolph e.t.c replaced with better T20 players will make things better. My key moments you didn't mention would have to be 17yr old Poorans debut 50, Pollard V Tino the return of Chadwick Walton , Gayle's 100 in an overflowing packed out Sabina Park (there were even ppl up trees and buildings outsid like the old days) and lastly the discovery of Sheldon Cotterell ! Hats off to all organizers involved you have really put together something special that is only going to get bigger and better.

  • on August 28, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    Fidel Edward's spell for Trinidad against Barbados was the best spell of fast bowling in CPL version 1.

  • rdwights on August 27, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    drtrinileggie I know you must love your Trini team however please let us rise over the island thinking and think of the West Indies as a whole. Jamaica also had players spread over other teams

  • naeemhussain on August 27, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Without any doubt CPL was much better than IPL.

  • on August 27, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    It was the Fantastic tournament,,,,,,, But West Indian players need to show same skills in International matches also,,,,,

  • on August 27, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    funny as hell to see an Englishman calling CPL boring, guess you were sleepy mate

  • on August 27, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    Liked CPL way better than IPL

  • drtrinileggie on August 26, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    this tournament was a weak one !!! The only way T&T could be overthrown was to divide Trinidad up.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 26, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    The CPL has done what it was intended to do: to ensure it pulled the interest of the West Indian people towards it. In that it has succeeded. But I fail to see it as a relevant international league like the IPL or BBL. The quality of cricket was decent overall but there are so many problems still. Not many people around the world will be interested in it due the time of the year it is played and also given the fact there weren't too many international stars present. But like I said, as long as the Caribbean people are happy, that would suffice and rightly so.

  • on August 26, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Pollard throwing the ball at Walton surely could one of his better moments.Lost all respect.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 26, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    The CPL was fantastic, I was a little pensive about how it would come off but form the first game I knew it was going to be amazing. Full crowds, W.I legends coaching, Carnival atmosphere balanced sides heated cricket it was really amazing for the first one and it's only going to get bigger. I would say 3 overseas stars each side is perfect there is no need for more as there is a lot of local talent which makes things exciting and discovers new players. I'd just say the deadwood like Gibbs, Kemp, Rudolph e.t.c replaced with better T20 players will make things better. My key moments you didn't mention would have to be 17yr old Poorans debut 50, Pollard V Tino the return of Chadwick Walton , Gayle's 100 in an overflowing packed out Sabina Park (there were even ppl up trees and buildings outsid like the old days) and lastly the discovery of Sheldon Cotterell ! Hats off to all organizers involved you have really put together something special that is only going to get bigger and better.

  • on August 28, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    Fidel Edward's spell for Trinidad against Barbados was the best spell of fast bowling in CPL version 1.

  • rdwights on August 27, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    drtrinileggie I know you must love your Trini team however please let us rise over the island thinking and think of the West Indies as a whole. Jamaica also had players spread over other teams

  • naeemhussain on August 27, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Without any doubt CPL was much better than IPL.

  • on August 27, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    It was the Fantastic tournament,,,,,,, But West Indian players need to show same skills in International matches also,,,,,

  • on August 27, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    funny as hell to see an Englishman calling CPL boring, guess you were sleepy mate

  • on August 27, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    Liked CPL way better than IPL

  • drtrinileggie on August 26, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    this tournament was a weak one !!! The only way T&T could be overthrown was to divide Trinidad up.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 26, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    The CPL has done what it was intended to do: to ensure it pulled the interest of the West Indian people towards it. In that it has succeeded. But I fail to see it as a relevant international league like the IPL or BBL. The quality of cricket was decent overall but there are so many problems still. Not many people around the world will be interested in it due the time of the year it is played and also given the fact there weren't too many international stars present. But like I said, as long as the Caribbean people are happy, that would suffice and rightly so.

  • on August 26, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Pollard throwing the ball at Walton surely could one of his better moments.Lost all respect.

  • on August 26, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    What about Misbah's match winning knock????

  • on August 26, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Timing of the League matches was the major issue in Pakistan thats why its become less popular in most of Asian Countries. Perhaps it will get more attention if the timing will right the next time. Overall not a bad one really Good One and Proves to be good in Future.

  • mngc1 on August 26, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    @mahfoozsalim. Shakib scored 22 in 6 innings. Is that an alll rounder??

  • EnglishCricket on August 26, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    CPL was boring to be honest.

  • Mahfoozsalim on August 26, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    That is why Shakib is number one all rounder in the world. He proved himself again that how much he is important for this format of cricket.

  • on August 26, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Andre Russell is Jamaica's best cricketer and one of worlds best T20 all rounder of all time!!

  • on August 26, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    One of the top moment is Ramnaresh Sarwan...The captain of Gayana ...hidden from the batting order in all importanat final....

  • on August 26, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    What about Andre Russell running out Devon Thomas on his own ball in the match St Lucia vs Jamaica? Surely a fantastic moment

  • ThilankaK on August 26, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    What about Sanga's 50 in semifinals ??? ( after gayle's dismiss for 2 )

  • johnathonjosephs on August 26, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    The real big ones are russel's 29 off 6 and Shakib's 6 wicket haul. Tino Best sledged at everyone that was coming at him, there was nothing too big about his tussle with ponting. The Devon Thomas's catch was good, but to be honest there was a huge number of amazing fielding examples in the tournament. Santoki's ball against Gayle was good, but for some reason that ball he bowled to Kevin O Brien that kept a little low stands out to me more. The verbal fight between Pollard and Samuels was a good one too. Viv Richards had to get involved to keep Samuels from losing his cool on that one

  • satishchandar on August 26, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    The biggest thing in the CPL is, dividing the T&T players into all the teams.. Had everyone been in a single team, they would beat even world's best of the T20 players combined together..

  • satishchandar on August 26, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    The biggest thing in the CPL is, dividing the T&T players into all the teams.. Had everyone been in a single team, they would beat even world's best of the T20 players combined together..

  • johnathonjosephs on August 26, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    The real big ones are russel's 29 off 6 and Shakib's 6 wicket haul. Tino Best sledged at everyone that was coming at him, there was nothing too big about his tussle with ponting. The Devon Thomas's catch was good, but to be honest there was a huge number of amazing fielding examples in the tournament. Santoki's ball against Gayle was good, but for some reason that ball he bowled to Kevin O Brien that kept a little low stands out to me more. The verbal fight between Pollard and Samuels was a good one too. Viv Richards had to get involved to keep Samuels from losing his cool on that one

  • ThilankaK on August 26, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    What about Sanga's 50 in semifinals ??? ( after gayle's dismiss for 2 )

  • on August 26, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    What about Andre Russell running out Devon Thomas on his own ball in the match St Lucia vs Jamaica? Surely a fantastic moment

  • on August 26, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    One of the top moment is Ramnaresh Sarwan...The captain of Gayana ...hidden from the batting order in all importanat final....

  • on August 26, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Andre Russell is Jamaica's best cricketer and one of worlds best T20 all rounder of all time!!

  • Mahfoozsalim on August 26, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    That is why Shakib is number one all rounder in the world. He proved himself again that how much he is important for this format of cricket.

  • EnglishCricket on August 26, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    CPL was boring to be honest.

  • mngc1 on August 26, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    @mahfoozsalim. Shakib scored 22 in 6 innings. Is that an alll rounder??

  • on August 26, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Timing of the League matches was the major issue in Pakistan thats why its become less popular in most of Asian Countries. Perhaps it will get more attention if the timing will right the next time. Overall not a bad one really Good One and Proves to be good in Future.