St Lucia v Jamaica, CPL 2013, Gros Islet August 10, 2013

Russell blitz takes Jamaica home

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Jamaica Tallawahs 146 for 4 (Russell 47*, Gayle 40) beat St Lucia Zouks 142 for 7 (Tamim 75) by six wickets
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Andre Russell blitzed four sixes in a 19-ball 47 to take Jamaica Tallawahs home with 15 deliveries to spare against St Lucia Zouks after the asking-rate had touched 11. The win lifted Jamaica to second position on the points table behind Barbados Tridents, while St Lucia stayed at the bottom after their fourth loss in five matches.

Chasing 143, Jamaica were 66 for 3 in the 13th over when Russell walked in. St Lucia had begun with spin from both ends, and although Shane Shillingford proved expensive, Garey Mathurin gave only 11 in four overs. In his second over, he had Ahmed Shehzad caught behind on the cut and thereafter, kept both Chris Gayle and Nkrumah Bonner quiet. While Gayle kept picking Shillingford for boundaries, Bonner was completely tied down. His struggle ended at 5 off 19 when he saw the fast bowler Nelon Pascal being introduced and top-edged a pull off his first delivery. Now it was the turn of the seamers, led by Darren Sammy, to squeeze Jamaica. Danza Hyatt was the next man to stall the chase further, taking 22 balls for his 13 before Sammy had him caught behind.

Russell came in and in the next over, slashed and pulled Albie Morkel for successive fours. Sammy disappeared for sixes over deep midwicket and long-off in the 15th. The St Lucia captain turned to spin again, but Gayle had already hit Shillingford for a couple of sixes before, and now he launched him over deep midwicket. However, the Jamaica captain holed out to the same position off the next delivery to depart for 40 off 31. Jamaica still needed 38 off 28.

Vernon Philander, who isn't preferred for the limited-overs formats by South Africa, took charge in the 17th over. He hit Pascal for three successive boundaries - a top-edged four to third man and sixes over long-on and deep midwicket - to surge to 18 off just 5. Jamaica had taken 61 off the last four overs, and needed only 12 from the final three overs. Russell needed three deliveries to finish it, pulling and cutting Morkel for sixes to boost Jamaica's net run-rate.

Philander had taken two crucial wickets as well after St Lucia chose to bat. He had Misbah-ul-Haq caught at slip early and later had Sammy holing out in the deep for 26 off 18. Herschelle Gibbs made a slow 22 and it was only due to Tamim Iqbal's steadying 75 that St Lucia were able to post 142. Tamim could have got St Lucia a few more runs, but he was stumped off Muttiah Muralitharan in the 18th over. He hit nine boundaries in his 62-ball knock, but had little support.

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  • Tajal on August 14, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Russell has always been a remarkable striker of the ball (is this guy strong or what!). But before y'all continue to pump his head up just remember one thing. There is more to batting than slogging. And when exposed to high quality bowling (particularly spin) Russell often crumbles like the rest of WI. If only his bowling remained as solid as it was when he first came into West Indies. That's been the reason why he has been left out, cuz he's very expensive now with his bowling. If he can stop bowling his pathetic short balls and focus more on proper line and length bowling then he'd be welcomed back wholeheartedly to both the WI T20 AND ODIs cuz that would put him over Sammy instantly.

  • Jay on August 11, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    It seems Gayle only performs for teams he LOVE. Which means, the Royal Challengers are easily his FAVOURITE team. Gayle goes the extra distance to give his best to the Red Devils from Bangalore. It is surprising he hasn't replicated that same form for his Jamaican franchise. Only Gayle will know why that is !

  • o on August 11, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Gayle has fell off big time since his ego has been inflated with IPL he did nothing in BigBash nothin in Champions Trophy and has yet to give a match winning performance in CPL. Russell however is hungry and after his stint in County cricket at WOrscter where they backed his batting unlike his stint in IPL it really paid off with that incredible 77* in the FLT20 and he's now full of confidence. He hits some remarkable shots,that bat speed and reactions produce some of the biggest hits I've ever seen ! That one of Sammy out the ground was Massive.

  • Saeed on August 11, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Russel you really rock dear I don't know why you have been out from team even i remember you have been superb in your past matches but I don't know why they put you out of team and Tamim well inning but unfortunately you guys dun win Misbah I am watching only Zouks matches just because of you and sammy but please try your best in next match <3 lov you saeed tareen from Pakistan .

  • slam on August 11, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    @Neeta, I like you team selection........I just don't understand why you put Sarwan in there. He is at the lowest point in his career and could only manage a century against lowly ZIMBABWE in recent times.

  • karlene on August 11, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    I'm very proud of Jamaica's performance so far considering that they do seem to be fielding one of the weaker teams in the competition. Chris Gayle is slowly coming into some form. maybe he's just played too much cricket and needs a break. My concern, however, is this - who chooses the captains for the teams? The teams who are performing the poorest, have 2 of the most self-involved WI players as their captains - Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo. I love Marlon as a player, but as a leader I'm not so sure. We must understand that personality plays a huge part in whether a captain is successful or not. A change of captaincy in the coming years will probably see these teams getting better results. That's how I see it. I'll be glad to get any responses.

  • Joshua on August 11, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Good win by tallawahs. @Neeta, I've seen it too. Our number one problem is that we have too many so called "allrounders". Based on the need of the each format this is what I've seen work best. Test teams have 1 allrounder who is in the top 6 but if they cant find one they'll just go with 4 genuine bowlers, 6 batsmen and the WK. ODI teams need 2 allrounders at most who'll make up that 5th bowler's 10 overs. T20 teams can have even 4 just as long as they aren't expensive. Looking at WI we really shouldn't have an allrounder in the test team as yet but in ODIs Sammy and Pollard are no-brainers. As for T20s those two and Russell/Bravo are good enough. But the selectors won't see it this way. Test ~ Gayle,Barath,Samuels,Shiv,Sars(cap),Dm Bravo,Ramdin,Shilly/Narine, Rampaul,Roach,Best/Edwards. ODI ~ Gayle,Simmons(wk),Samuels,Dm Bravo,Sars,Pollard,Sammy(cap),Narine, Roach,Best,Holder/Edwards. T20 ~ Gayle,Simmons,Dr Smith,Samuels,Pollard,Sammy(cap),Russell,Narine, Roach, Holder, Best/Edwards.

  • Naman on August 11, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Andre Russell has to be in the WI side for the ODI's and the T20's. He is a power hitter like most of his West Indies colleagues like Gayle, Pollard, Sammy, Charles Bravo and Samuels. But his bowling is a bit of concern. He looked to be a good bowler with an awesome striking power when he first came on the scene but his bowling is slowly fading away looking at his high economy rates in the recent matches that he has played. But in this WI side, he has the capability to come in it as a batsmen alone. The WI team consists of inconsistent dangerous players. In my opinion the WI team for ODI's : Gayle, Simmons(WK), Sarwan, Bravo, Pollard, Bravo Sr., Russell, Sammy, Narine, Roach, Best with Charles, Holder, Rampaul and Miller as the reserves. For T20's replace Sarwan with Charles.

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