Russell confident entering Tallawahs home debut
All-rounder AndrE Russell is backing the Jamaica Tallawahs to bounce back from their defeat to leaders Guyana Amazon Warriors earlier in the season when the two meet at Sabina Park in the Caribbean Premier League tonight at 8.
The contest, the fifth for the Tallawahs and first at home this season, will see them trying to overcome a seven-wicket defeat to the Amazon Warriors in Guyana.
That result, which came in Tallawahs' third outing, represents the Chris Gayle-led outfit's first and only loss to date, and has subsequently resulted in them being second in the points standings with five points.
The Martin Guptill-captained Guyana lead the six-team standings on 10 points courtesy of an outstanding record of five wins and a defeat.
"I am not going to dwell on the defeat to Guyana," Russell said shortly after the team's final training session yesterday.
different ball game
"We played on a wicket that was up and down and even they themselves struggled on it, and if we had got to the 130 or 135 it would have been a different ball game," he reasoned.
The Tallawahs were bowled out for a below par 100 in Guyana before the hosts replied with 101 for three off 18 overs.
Russell, who did not play the Guyana encounter due to a knee injury, and also subsequently missed the team's matchup against Barbados, which ended in a no result, also believes that things should be different playing at home.
"Here we just have to use to the conditions as best as possible by getting the ball in the right areas, and try to restrict them," he said.
Meanwhile, as it relates to the team's batting unit, which has been heavily reliant on Gayle, Russell says he is not overly concerned as he believes they will eventually get it right.
"We have been batting fairly well with Chris Gayle leading from the front," he opined.
"At the end of the day, the other batsmen including myself, we just have to come good and try and support him and make it easier for him.
"If runs are being made at both ends, then things will be a lot easier for him."
Knight Riders has so far recorded a win and two losses in the first of four scheduled preliminary round home fixtures.