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By Peter Della Penna
the second day in a row USA lost early wickets, but this time they
could not recover and eventually lost by 9 wickets to their archrival
Canada on day two of the ICC Americas Division One Tournament at the
National Sports Club in Hamilton, Bermuda. Stand-in captain Rizwan
Cheema was named Man of the Match for Canada after he blasted an
unbeaten century to lead Canada’s chase of 190.
Pic (Right): Rizwan Cheema [Courtesy: Cricket Canada]
USA was sent in to bat by the opposition once again on Saturday. Sushil
Nadkarni moved down the order, allowing Carl Wright to open with
Orlando Baker. However, the maneuver failed to pay any dividends for
any of the parties involved. A day after scoring a century, Baker was
the first man dismissed, out for 8 to Calvert Hooper. Wright followed
soon after for 13, also to Hooper, to make it 42 for 2 in 13 overs.
Captain Steve Massiah was claimed by Khurram Chohan for 17 before
Hooper finished his opening spell by getting Lennox Cush for a
second-ball duck to peg USA back at 51 for 4 in the 15th over.
Nadkarni was run out for 8 by Trevin Bastiampillai to put USA into an
even deeper hole at 65 for 5 in the 22nd over before USA staged a mini
recovery. Aditya Thyagarajan put on 38 runs for the sixth wicket with
Rashard Marshall before he fell for 33 to the off-spin of Hiral Patel,
a member of Canada’s 2010 ICC U-19 World Cup squad. Two overs later,
Patel teamed up with his former captain from the U-19 World Cup, Rustam
Bhatti, to have Ashhar Mehdi caught behind for 1 and USA was in tatters
at 113 for 7.
Marshall and Timroy Allen then combined for USA’s biggest partnership
of the match, putting on 68 runs for the 8th wicket before Allen
departed to paceman Umar Bhatti for 37 in the 46th over. Marshall fell
six balls later to Sunil Dhaniram for 48, finishing with USA’s top
score in the innings. Bilal Khan was the last man dismissed for 2 by
Umar Bhatti, leaving Adrian Gordon unbeaten on 6 as USA was all out for
189 in 49.1 overs.
Cheema came out and wasted no time taking it to the USA bowlers,
teaming up with Bastiampillai to get Canada off to a flyer and they
never looked back. Orlando Baker, who was one of only two players who
did not bowl in USA’s win over Argentina on Friday, made the first and
only breakthrough of the day in the 22nd over, having Bastiampillai
caught by Allen for 27 to make it 98 for 1. Cheema continued his
rampage with Patel, finishing 114 not out in only 96 balls with 10
fours and five sixes. Gordon received some harsh punishment, going for
21 runs in his first two overs opening the innings only to come back at
the end of the match to be hit for another 21 in a second two-over
spell. Patel finished 36 not out with four boundaries as Canada reached
the target with 11 overs to spare.
USA now has a day off to regroup before taking on Bahamas on Monday at
10:30 a.m. local time in Bermuda. In Saturday’s other matches, Bermuda
joined Canada at 2-0 after beating Argentina by 166 runs. Cayman
Islands are level with USA at 1-1 in a tie for third place after their
victory by 111 runs over Bahamas.