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Russell going down was a 'key moment' for the Zouks - Darren Sammy

By September 13, 2019

When Andre Russell went down and out of Thursday night’s game between the Jamaica Tallawahs and the St. Lucia Zouks at Sabina Park, it proved to be a turning point in the game that ended with the visitors coming out victors.

Russell had walked confidently to the crease with the Tallawahs well placed at 125 for 4 with 44 deliveries left to be bowled. Expectations were that ‘Superman’ would proceed to hit the bowling to all parts and push the home side score to a total close to or beyond 200 runs.

However, with the score on 131, Russell, who had yet to score, attempted to pull Hardus Viljoen’s short ball that crashed into the right side of his helmet sending him crumpling to the ground. There was a hush around Sabina Park as medical personnel attended to the fallen Jamaican who was eventually removed from the field on a stretcher.

The Tallawahs only managed a further 39 runs after that to eventually close their innings at 170 for 5, a total that was easily overhauled by the Zouks. The development did more than just slow the Tallawahs scoring.

“It sent shockwaves through the dressing room to see a player go down like that is not a good feeling,” said Rovman Powell said afterwards.

“They bowled well, and they capitalised after Russell,” said Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle.

Sammy said the mood of the Tallawahs changed after that.

“Most definitely. Any time with five or six overs left and Russell is there it could be a game-changing moment,” Sammy said while revealing that getting rid of Russell was all part of their plan, though it didn’t happen in the way they expected.

“The plan worked really well. We didn’t intend to knock him down but try to get him down. Not having Russell at the crease any way, anyhow would be a plus for us.

“The coach and myself discussed dropping a guy deep, bringing up the midwicket, making him feel we were going to bowl the ball full and wide and then sneak in that short ball. I am really happy he is okay but it was a key moment for us in the game.”

 

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