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By Peter Della Penna in Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Canada U-15 off-spinner Gayan Ferdinands derailed USA’s chase with a
five-wicket haul to lead his side to a 25-run win on Thursday in the
2011 ICC Americas U-15 Northern Division Tournament at Assiniboine Park
in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ferdinands was named Man of the Match after
wrecking USA’s middle order with 5 for 36 in eight overs including two
maidens. The win takes Canada to 2-1 while USA finishes the tournament
won the toss and elected to bat first on a perfect morning with a
gentle breeze blowing down the ground from the south instead of across
the pitch from the east as had been the case on Wednesday. As a result,
both teams bowled with much better control on the day. Harsh Thakar was
the first player to go, caught behind after edging a half-hearted drive
to Gordon Makin off the bowling of Dave Parikh for 2 to make it 5 for 1
in the third over.
Image (right) - Gayan Ferdinands accepts the Man of the Match
award from ICC Americas Regional Development Manager Martin Vieira.
[Courtesy: Peter Della Penna/DreamCricket.com]
Unlike on Monday when Canada wilted for 63 all out against USA, the
host’s batting lineup showed tremendous patience and focus as Kurt
Ramdath and Bradley Dickson eased their way to a 70-run second wicket
partnership. The pair were never really threatened by USA’s bowlers
while Ramdath showed good sense in going for big shots with the wind at
his back, hitting six fours and a massive six straight down the ground.
He was finally caught for 43 pulling a half-tracker from leg-spinner
Mihir Athavale to Rohit Mogalayapalli at deep midwicket.
Dickson ran himself out for 25 two runs later when he drove a full
delivery from Anirudha Srinivas to Karanjit Singh at point and took off
when there was no run to be had. Ferdinands departed for 12 in similar
fashion after building a promising 36-run stand with Canada U-15 captain
Prushoth Senathirajah. Ferdinands drove Singh to point where Sagar
Patel was fielding. Senathirajah took off while Ferdinands stayed put.
Patel threw to the wrong end where Makin collected and faked a throw to
the bowler as Senathirajah was making his way back. The fake was enough
to lure Ferdinands out of his crease and Makin whipped off the bails to
make it 113 for 4 in the 29th over. Senathirajah was then bowled by
Vibhav Altekar for 33 to make it 129 for 5 in the 32nd.
Abrash Khan was joined at the crease by Miraj Patel and just as they
did two days before against Bermuda, the pair took Canada to a winning
position with a solid partnership. Patel finally left for 17 when he
drove into the wind against Parikh and was caught at cover by
Mogalyapalli to make it 164 for 6 after 37 overs. Manula Adihetly was
run out without facing a ball on the first ball of the 38th after Khan
tried to stretch a single into two as Singh fired a direct hit at the
non-striker’s end running in from the long off boundary. Khan continued
on until the last over when he spooned a simple catch to Athavale at
cover off the bowling of Singh to make it 180 for 8. Sarbjot Singh was
caught for a duck two balls later and a single was taken off the last
ball by Amrinder Atwal as Canada finished 181 for 9 in 40 overs. A day
after giving up 42 extras in the field, USA only conceded 13 against
USA’s chase got off to an excellent start as Singh and Jason Gobin
produced the highest first wicket partnership of the tournament with 49
runs. Each player looked comfortable against the pace bowling of Canada,
but problems started to develop once spin was introduced. Singh
eventually fell for 21 when he edged an attempted back foot drive to
first slip off Ramdath’s left-arm spin. Neil Tagare fell four balls
later for a duck to end the 14th over when he mistimed a pull off a
short delivery from Ramdath and gave a simple catch to Cooper Hart at
square leg to make it 49 for 2.
Gobin’s strike rate slowed considerably once leg-spinner Adihetly
began to bowl in tandem with Ramdath. Gobin had a string of 11 straight
dot balls between the 16th and 19th overs and before long, frustration
got the best of him as he tried to come down the track to drive Adihetly
but never got to the pitch of the ball and was stumped for 28 in the
21st over to make it 63 for 3.
had been scoring at three runs per over, but with Altekar and Parikh
now at the crease USA scored at better than six per over for the next 10
overs. The pair added 66 for the fourth wicket and seemed to have USA
on course for victory until Ferdinands came on for a third spell from
the southern end. Ferdinands had given up 28 runs in three overs bowled
from the northern end as he struggled to flight the ball into the wind.
Image (left) - Vibhav Altekar drives through the on side during
his innings of 48 to top score for USA. Altekar finished as USA's
leading scorer in the tournament with 140 runs in four innings.
[Courtesy: Peter Della Penna/DreamCricket.com]
Now bowling from the southern end, USA continued to target him,
disregarding the fact that he was now bowling with the wind at his back
and the batsmen would be hitting into a stiff breeze. The ploy worked
brilliantly as he struck with his second ball in the 31st over when
Altekar tried to clear Hart at mid on by driving into the wind and a
simple catch was taken inside the circle to get rid of the batsman for
48. Parikh crossed with the ball in the air and on the very next ball he
edged a drive to Senathirajah at slip to leave for 17 as USA’s collapse
began to take shape at 129 for 5.
Two overs later, Makin tried to pull a short ball into the wind and
was caught at midwicket in the circle for 1 to make it 130 for 6. In the
34th, Mogalayapalli was run out for 5 when Sagar Patel hit a delivery
from Adihetly into the covers and took off before changing his mind,
only to leave Mogalayapalli stranded halfway down the pitch. Thakar
fielded and threw to Adihetly over the stumps with Mogalayapalli three
yards short to make it 136 for 7.
Patel repeated Altekar’s mistake in the 37th when he slogged a full
delivery from Ferdinands into the wind to give Hart another easy catch
at mid on for 10 as USA slumped to 145 for 8. Ferdinands completed his
five-wicket haul when Athavale went for another slog into the wind as
Hart took his fourth catch of the day to make it 155 for 9 in the 39th.
Ferdinands’ remarkable five-over spell ended with 5 wickets for 8 runs
and effectively sealed the match for Canada.
Khan took the only wicket by a pace bowler for Canada in the final
over to end the match when he had Rutvij Bhise caught down the leg side
by the keeper Singh and USA was bowled out for 156 with two balls
remaining. Canada conceded their fewest amount of extras this tournament
with 15 during the innings.
Canada takes on Bermuda in the final match of the tournament on
Friday. A win will make them the undisputed tournament champions while
USA would finish second and Bermuda third. A win by Bermuda would create
a three-way tie at 2-2 with net run rate deciding the winner in which
case USA would most likely finish in first place. USA’s run rate is
currently +0.650, Canada’s at -0.109 and Bermuda’s at -0.759. If Canada
loses, they cannot finish in first place. In order for Bermuda to finish
in first place ahead of USA, they must bat first and score a minimum of
242 runs while also bowling out Canada for 46 runs or less, a highly
improbable scenario. Friday’s match between Bermuda and Canada is
scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. start at Assiniboine Park.