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By Peter Della Penna
The USA U-19 team made it two for two on Tuesday with another
convincing win, this time by 9 wickets over Bahamas on the satellite
field outside Central Broward Regional Park at the ICC Americas U-19
Division One in Lauderhill, Fla. Mital Patel was named Man of the Match
after taking 3 for 9 in six overs.
“Bowling wise I think I’m doing pretty well, just following all the
coach’s directions, line and length, trying to get the ball up,” said
Patel. “Skipper Abhijit has given me a lot of opportunities. I’m trying
to take full advantage of that and the fielders have been helping me a
lot taking all the catches and what not so I’m pretty happy so far.”
Bahamas won the toss and elected to bat on a cool and windy morning
in south Florida. Salman Ahmad and Hammad Shahid opened the attack and
despite beating the bat routinely, could not come away with the same
rewards as yesterday. Shahid took 1 for 7 in five overs while Ahmad
finished with 0 for 7 in five overs a day after claiming four wickets.
Patel came on first change and finally started to make the
breakthroughs to help bring an early end to proceedings. He struck twice
in three balls in the 13th over to remove Julio Jemison for 15 and
captain Jermaine Adderley for a duck to make it 24 for 3.
Leg-spinner Gurpreet Sandhu induced Ashmeid Allie to play on to his
stumps, claiming the number three batsman for 3 in the following over to
make it 24 for 4. Patel struck again in the 19th to get Abhiram Ramesh
for none and the score became 39 for 5.
Sandhu and left-arm spinner
Shayan Abdulghani teamed up to wipe out the rest of the Bahamas order.
Abdulghani took 2 for 7 in five overs with three maidens while Sandhu
had USA’s best figures, finishing with 4 for 16. Steven Taylor finished
with four dismissals behind the stumps for USA as well and Bahamas were
bowled out for 54 in 28.4 overs.
Image (right) - USA U-19 opening batsman Cameron Mirza finished
with 29 not out to top score for the second day in a row. [Courtesy:
Peter Della Penna/DreamCricket]
The USA chase suffered a brief hiccup when Taylor was bowled for 9 by
the seamer Ramesh to start off the fourth over. Otherwise, it was
smooth sailing for USA as they reached the target in 8.5 overs. Cameron
Mirza picked up where he left off on day one to finish 29 not out with
four boundaries. He has 147 runs in two days without being dismissed.
“A little more satisfied, but lots of areas to improve still,” said
USA U-19 coach Robin Singh about his team’s performance. “It’s a long
way to go. This team was not a very strong side. I think they were
probably better than the Argentina team but we bowled much better today
and I think we fielded a little better. We executed stuff a little
better than yesterday.”
USA plays their third game on Wednesday against Cayman Islands inside
the stadium at Central Broward Regional Park. Play is schedule to get
underway at 10 a.m. with covering beginning on DreamCricket at 9:30 a.m.