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Taking ‘responsibility’ was key for Russell

Published:Wednesday | July 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMJermaine Lannaman

Man of the Match Andre Russell says taking on the responsibility of ensuring that the Jamaica Tallawahs got to a competitive total was key in him ending as the joint topscorer in their innings and laying the foundation for their 19-run win over Trinbago Knight Riders in the HERO Motocorp Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 clash at Sabina Park on Monday night.

Russell ended with a boundary-studded 44 off 24 balls, with three sixes and five fours.

Rovman Powell, the 22-year-old, also made 44, with four sixes and two fours.

"In the eighth over, the coach came to me and said 150, 160 is a good total on this wicket with the bowling attack that we have," expressed Russell of the showdown, which was again played in front of a bumper crowd.


Tried my best


"We, therefore, needed to make sure that we got to that total and so I took up the responsibility. After Shakib Al Hasan got out and Powell, I just tried my best to get as close of 160 and was even looking at 170 at one point.

"This is because I know that Trinidad has a long batting order. I was, therefore, trying to get us enough space so that when we bowled, we would have enough of a cushion."

Russell, who, though playing with an injury, went on to claim a match-leading four for 23.

"We caught well in the field, we bowled according to the way the wicket was playing, we set our fields to plan, and we executed," he highlighted.

The Tallawahs will play third-placed Barbados Tridents at the same venue tonight, starting at 8 p.m.

"Barbados have a very good team with good overseas players and good local players. But at the same time, we have to make sure that we use our home advantage against them," Russell observed.

"I know they must have been watching this game at the hotel, but playing on this wicket is different. We just have to make sure that we use this and use it as best as possible against them."