Andre Russell blasted a pulsating half-century but found himself upstaged by fellow Jamaican and West Indies teammate, Sheldon Cottrell, as winless Abu Dhabi Knight Riders plunged to their fourth defeat on the trot in the International League T20 in the United Arab Emirates on Friday.
English opener Alex Hales stroked an impressive 59-ball 110 to power Desert Vipers to 219 for four off their 20 overs, Knight Riders suffered a shocking collapse and were bowled out for 108 at the start of the 16th over, to suffer a heavy 111-run loss.
Captain Colin Munro added 56 while Guyanese left-hander Sherfane Rutherford contributed a rapid seven-ball 23 including two fours and two sixes.
Sri Lankan pacer Lahiru Kumara was the Knight Riders’ best bowler with 2-31 from his four overs.
Then, despite a fighting 57 off 29 balls from Andre Russell, the Knight Riders were reduced to a paltry 108 all out in just 15.1 overs.
Cottrell was well supported by Sri Lankan leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga and English medium pacer Benny Howell who took 2-21 and 2-6, respectively.
The Vipers now have three wins in as many games and are top of the table while, on the other hand, the Knight Riders are last with four losses from four matches.
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