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By Peter Della Penna
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Hard hitting batsman Hiral Patel scored 75 in 85 balls to help give
Canada a commanding first innings lead on Monday in the K.A. Auty Cup
two-day match against USA at the Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling
Club in Toronto. Canada scored 239 for 4 in their first innings while
USA was bowled out for 166 to enter the second day with Canada in front
by 73 runs.
USA won the toss and elected to field as Patel and Khushroo Wadia put
on 71 runs for the first wicket before Wadia was bowled by Anand
Tummala for 37. Patel and Rustam Bhatti added another 67 runs before
Patel was run out by George Adams. Bhatti and Nitish Kumar produced the
third half-century stand of the innings, 71 for the third wicket, before
Bhatti was caught behind for 53 off the bowling of Muhammad Ghous.
Kumar also fell to Ghous for 58 and Canada closed their first innings a
short time later after the agreed upon 45 overs.
USA’s first innings got off to a disastrous start when both openers,
Akeem Dodson and Andy Mohammed, were run out for single digits to make
it 10 for 2. Amir Nanjee and Quasen Alfred also fell in quick time to
make it 24 for 4 before Jignesh Desai and Tummala put on a 61-run fifth
wicket partnership to revive the innings. Desai top scored with 43 for
USA and Bhim George made 31 coming in at number eight, but USA’s innings
ended after 42.3 overs with Khurram Chohan taking 3 for 40. Play
resumes on Tuesday from the TCSCC.