taken at long-on, and the Tallawahs romp home by 120 runs! A short of a length ball on off, and McCoy goes to pull from deep in his crease. But he doesn't get the distance, even though the ball seemed to be travelling pretty fast
1.39pm A remarkable win in the end. 255 was always going to be a mountain of a score to cross, and the Kings eventually fold up for just 135. Although David provided some entertainment with 56 from 28 balls, no other Kings batter contributed. But boy what an innings it was from Russell to propel his side - 50* from 14 balls, a tournament record - including bashing six sixes. Debutant Pretorius chipped in with 4 for 32, and eventually it is a massive win for his side.
Here's the man of the moment Russell, who is of course Player of the Match: "Just got there with a clear frame of fine. Kennar really set the tone for us. Well played by the boys. As a big hitter, I come low down... Nine times out of ten I think I can do what I did today. They call this ground the bullring. It is a small ground, so once you are off target, you are bound to get hit. When I bowl a short ball, I jerk it [the ankle] a bit. When I go back to the hotel, some ice on it..."
Kings captain du Plessis: "I think our bowling was rusty. A lot of guys coming off a lack of cricket. Obviously there is a wind factor there… too many boundaries were scored with the wind today. When you are chasing a score like 250, you have got to go hard up front - either it is going to go or you are going to lose wickets. Even with the resources we have, we can do better. Today execution and plans both let us down. The planning today was slightly off. Hopefully we can learn from this quickly."
The winning captain Powell: "Pretty satisfied [with the record score on the ground]… We know Andre is a world-class player. We try to keep him happy. Pretorius got wickets in the powerplay. I think we are still thinking to get forward, and not get carried away. The boundaries and short, and wind is a factor… "
Right then, after that carnage from Russell and co, it is time that we take a break and relax, before awaiting the start of the day's second game between the Barbados Royals and the Trinbago Knight Riders. Until then, it is goodbye from Shashank, Binoy and me, Himanshu!
full, and slow on off. Bunted to point
McCoy is the last man in, with Imran over the wicket
hits the leg stump! This was full and straight on leg, as Wahab tried to slog across the line toward the leg side, but was beaten. Tallawahs now just one wicket away from a huge win
Imran into his third, and he comes over the wicket
low full-toss outside off. Drilled to the man at short cover
yorker length, and wide of off. Dug out toward long-off, as Powell runs after the ball
that is a hat-trick now! Very full and wide of off, and he opens the bat face to lift that to deep point for three fours in a row
Around the stumps now
and this is driven over extra cover! Again full and wide of off, and again he lofts that for four
slashes that between deep point and third man! Goes for the aerial drive to this full and wide ball outside off, and times that well
full and wide of off. Wahab goes after it from within his crease, but is beaten
Powell is back from over the wicket
full on middle, and pushed off the back foot toward midwicket as the bowler gives the chase
this is fuller on off, and again the batter pushes that to point by opening the face of the bat
fullish on off, and he opens the bat to tap that to point
comes down the track to this fullish ball on off, and defends toward cover for a quick single. There is an overthrow at the keeper's end, but no extra run given
takes his pad, as the ball is full on middle and leg
beaten with turn and bounce. Fullish on middle, as the batter makes room but is beaten
Permaul returns, around the wicket
good length on off, and pushes the batter back, as he dabs that off the back foot toward deep square leg
swings for the hills, but misses. Another full ball outside off, and comes back in to go between his bat and off stump. That was pretty close to the stump
Slip in place now
and again. This is full and much closer to off, and he is beaten on his jab again
beaten on his drive. Full delivery in the channel, and the ball passes his outside edge
short of a length just outside off. He is almost squared up, as he pats that back off the back foot
good length delivery just outside off, and run down to third man
Pretorius from over the wicket
Stats - Andre Russell tops JP Duminy, records quickest-ever CPL fifty
|F du Plessis||caught||0||1|
|KMA Paul||run out||0||1|
|KOK Williams||not out||2||10|
|Total||135(10 wkts; 17.3 ovs)|