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Canada leads the table, USA sinks to fifth place in ICC WCL Division 3

2017 May 27 by DreamCricket USA

USA now looks for a desperate win against Uganda in a battle to remain in Division 3.   Canada and Oman, with three wins each, appear set to win promotion to Division 2.

In their second match on Wednesday, USA delivered a win over Malaysia dismissing Malaysia to 117 in 40.5 overs and scoring the winning runs in 28.1 overs.  USA put in a great bowling performance at Kampala as it bowled out Malaysia for 117 runs. The wickets were shared amongst the USA bowlers with Timil Patel taking three wickets for 36 runs and Ali Khan (two for seven), with captain Steven Taylor (two for 12) chipping in. Malaysian batsmen Neville Liyanage (30) and Aminuddin Ramly (20) stood defiant in the middle-order, however, eventually relinquished as the team were bowled out in 40.5 overs.  In reply, USA only needed 28.1 overs to score the winning runs, Ibrahim Khaleel was the star man with 49 runs not out including six fours. He was supported by Steven Taylor’s 25 runs from 42 balls and Camilus Alexander 30 not out, scoring the winning runs with only four wickets down.

Also on Wednesday, Canada won its second match of ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 after defeating Oman by 83 runs at the Lugogo Cricket Club on Wednesday, 24 May.   Canada opener Bhavindu Adhihetty top-scored with 44 and Satsimranjit Dhindsa took three wickets for 50 runs to ensure a 83-run victory against Oman, despite Zeeshan Maqsood’s fightback innings of 63 from 62 balls.  Jatinder Singh top-scored with 58 to lead Oman to victory by six wickets after Uganda had been bowled out earlier in the day for 144 at the Kyambogo Cricket Oval, Kampala.

Arnold Otwani (47) and Shahzad Ukani (46) helped the hosts to victory after leading them to 274 for nine, complimented by the bowling attack led by Mohammed Irfan (five for 38) which saw Singapore being bowled out for 151 in 44 overs.

On Friday, Singapore defeated USA by seven wickets after an unbeaten 162 runs fourth wicket partnership between Arjun Mutreja (101 not out) and Chetan Suryawanshi (74 not out) secured a convincing win for the Asian side. Earlier, Steven Taylor had scored 69 to help his side to 237 all out in 47 overs.  

Also on Friday, Canada suffered a surprising six-wicket defeat at the hands of Malaysia in their third match enabling Malaysia to open its win count as Ahmed Faiz scored an unbeaten 49 in his side’s 143 for four in 38 overs.  Opener Anwar Arundin (48) got the chase off to a strong start, after the early wicket of Syed Aziz (eight), as Ahmed Faiz (49 not out) led the Malaysians to its first win of the tournament.  Malaysia’s bowling line-up put in a polished performance, withstanding Nikhil Dutta’s 30 runs from 60 balls. Virandeep Singh (two for 28) and Khizar Hayat (two for 30) were the star bowlers for Malaysia as they bowled Canada out for 141 in 48.5 overs.

Steven Taylor was the man of the day for the USA, but he could not do enough to stop Singapore securing a well-earned victory. Captain Taylor scored a quickfire 69 from 52 balls, supported by Camilus Alexander (44) and Alex Amsterdam (41). Suresh Appusamy was the pick of the bowlers for Singapore taking three wickets for 24 runs, as USA were bowled out for 237 in 47 overs.

Singapore’s chase focused on Arjun Mutreja’s unbeaten 101 from 119 balls with 10 fours and a six, and Chetan Suryawanshi’s 75-ball 74 not out with five fours and two sixes. The two batsmen had got together after Singapore was in a slight bother after slipping to 76 for three in 18 overs.

On Saturday, USA was defeated by a whopping 96 run margin by Canada and sent to fifth place in the points table.  It now faces a must-win battle against the hosts - Uganda on Monday.  After winning the toss and electing to field, USA bowlers saw Canadian openers Nitish Kumar and Bhavindu Adhihetty take the score to 74 before the fall of Nitish (34).  Bhavindu (67) struck up a third wicket partnership with Dhanuka Pathirana (87) taking the score to 142 for 3 with 17 overs remaining in which to accelerate.  Eventually Canada ended with 256 for the loss of 8 wickets.  In the chase, the USA batting effort was lacklustre as five wickets lost for 61.  When Ibrahim Khaleel (37) was caught by Dhindsa in the 25th over with the score reading 85 for 6, the wind totally went out of the sails and the US chase ended for 160.  

USA now looks for a desperate win against Uganda in a battle to remain in Division 3.   Canada and Oman, with three wins each, appear set to win promotion to Division 2.

The top two sides from this competition will be promoted to ICC World Cricket League Division 2. From Division 2, the top two sides will join four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the bottom four ranked sides from the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018. The top two sides from the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, to be staged in the United Kingdom from 30 May to 15 July.

Scores in brief (Wednesday 5//24/17):

Canada beat Oman by 83 runs at Lugogo Cricket Oval, Kampala
Canada 274-9, 43 overs (Bhavindu Adhihetty 44, Rizwan Cheema 42; Khawar Ali 2-48)
Oman 191 all out, 40.5 overs (Zeeshan Maqsood 63, Ajay Lalcheta 39; Satsimranjit Dhindsa 3-50)

Uganda beat Singapore by 66 runs at Entebbe Cricket Club, Entebbe
Uganda 217-9, 50 overs (Arnold Otwani  47, Shahzad Ukani 46; Anantha Krishna 2-37)
Singapore 151 all out, 44 overs (Chaminda Kumarage 40, Arjun Mutreja 35; Mohammed Irfan 5-38)

USA beat Malaysia by 6 wickets at Kyambogo Cricket Oval, Kampala
Malaysia 117 all out, 40.5 overs (Neville Liyanage 30, Aminuddin Ramly 20; Timil Patel 3-36)
USA 118-4, 28.1 overs (Ibrahim Khaleel 49, Camilus Alexander 30; Pavendeep Singh 2-34)

Scores in brief (Friday 5/26/17):

Singapore beat USA by 7 wickets at Lugogo Cricket Oval, Kampala
USA 237 all out, 47 overs (Steven Taylor 69, Camilus Alexander 44; Suresh Appusamy 3-24)
Singapore 238-3, 45.4 overs (Arjun Mutreja 101 not out, Chetan Suryawanshi 74 not out; Steven Taylor 1-35)

Malaysia beat Canada by 6 wickets at Entebbe Cricket Club, Entebbe
Canada 141 all out, 48.5 overs (Nikhil Dutta 30, Dhanuka Pathirana 28; Virandeep Singh 2-28)
Malaysia 143-4, 38 overs (Chaminda Kumarage 40, Arjun Mutreja 35; Mohammed Irfan 5-38)

Oman beat Uganda by 6 wickets at Kyambogo Cricket Oval, Kampala
Uganda 144 all out, 46.3 overs (Roger Mukasa 57, Hamu Kayondo 20; Bilal Khan 3-28)
Oman 145-4, 27 overs (Jatinder Singh 58, Sultan Ahmed 22; Frank Nsubuga 1-43)

Scores in brief (Saturday 5/27/17):

Uganda (193 for 6) defeated Malaysia 189 (50 overs) by four wickets 
Canada (256/8) defeated USA (160 in 43 overs) by 96 runs
Oman (101 for 5 in 24.1 overs) beat Singapore (100 in 37.1 overs) by 5 wickets

Pic Credit/Source: ICC