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Andre Russell's 19-ball 65* outclasses Galle Gladiators in five-over contest
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Andre Russell's 19-ball 65* outclasses Galle Gladiators in five-over contest

There was no stopping a merciless Andre Russell out in the middle as the Caribbean star was at his destructive best to thrash the Galle Gladiators' bowlers all over the park.

After persistent rain reduced the contest to a five-overs-a-side game, Russell came out all guns blazing to launch his terrific onslaught from the get-go.

The big-hitting beast punished Mohammad Amir in particular as he plundered the paceman's first over for 26 runs.

The opening over, which contained two wides, featured some of Russell's finest shots as he first slammed a flat hit over the midwicket boundary for a six. He then followed it up with a superb piece of innovation to guide the ball for another maximum beyond the vacant third man region.

While Thikshila de Silva was dismissed for a first-ball duck, the wicket did not hamper Russell's carnage one bit as he blasted Asitha Fernando for a six and three fours.

Russell eventually reached his half-century in just 14 deliveries - setting the record for the fastest fifty thus far in the tournament.

The Jamaican broke the record set Shahid Afridi a day earlier when the evergreen Pakistan all-rounder struck a 20-ball fifty against Jaffna Stallions.

Russell's stupendous hits were also observed in the final over when he clobbered Afridi for a six and a four to take Colombo to an outrageously high total of 96/2.

Galle were always under the cosh once the chase began as even a single dot ball pushed the required rate above their grasp.

Hazratullah Zazai's debut Lanka Premier League outing was rather forgettable as he scored just six runs in as many deliveries and perished to the bowling of Ashan Priyanjan.

Shahid Afridi briefly provided entertainment with three fours in an over bowled by Isuru Udana but by then, the chase was mathematically impossible to achieve.

Colombo comfortably completed a significant 34-run win over the opposition to condemn Galle to their second defeat in a row.