Five Americans, five Canadians and one Panamanian made the cut for Dreamcricket.com's Best XI from North Carolina
By Peter Della Penna (Twitter @PeterDellaPenna)
1. Jaskaran Malhotra – The third highest scorer in the tournament with 186 runs set the tone at the top of the order by virtue of his powerful straight driving. His 16 sixes were the most of anyone at the tournament and were a big reason why he was named Batsman of the Tournament.
2. Monank Patel – The leading scorer of the tournament on his USA debut with 208 runs. Also had the highest individual score of the tournament with 108 against Belize. Was excellent in the field as well to finish with six catches, three more than any non-wicketkeeper at the tournament.
3. Steven Taylor – Took home Man of the Match honors for his epic 96 not out off 54 balls in USA’s two-wicket win and again a day later for striking USA’s fastest T20 half-century off 15 balls in a win over Belize.
4. Nitish Kumar (captain) – Only batted twice on the week thanks to four 10-wicket wins crushing the lesser teams, but led his side well in the field. He was named Best Bowler after taking 11 wickets at an average (4.54) that was nearly as low as his economy rate (3.89). He was spectacular in the field as well, with three sharp catches and a runout in the first clash with USA.
5. Hamza Tariq (wk) – Safest pair of hands on the week with 11 dismissals in six matches. Finished second in runs amongst wicketkeepers with 72, nine behind Belize’s Aaron Muslar but Tariq did it in half as many innings.
6. Soyab Chohan – Besides the American trio of Monank, Malhotra and Taylor, Panama’s Chohan was the only other player on the week to cross 50, doing it in a Man of the Match effort against Belize.
7. Rizwan Cheema – Finished fifth overall in runs with 82 but was only dismissed once in three innings on the week. His 32 not out including a last ball six secured a tie that Canada won in a Super Over v USA.
8. Roy Silva – The batting allrounder didn't do much at the crease but statistically was USA’s best medium pacer on the week with seven wickets and tied for fifth overall. Kept things tight as well with a 4.57 economy rate.
9. Saad Bin Zafar – Was razor sharp with the ball and in the field. Had the best economy rate of anyone who bowled one over per team game with 3.24 in 14.3 overs. Took seven wickets, had a few runouts and teamed up for the catch of the week on the boundary in a falling over the rope relay effort.
10. Cecil Pervez – Edges out his teammate Romesh Eranga for the other medium pacer slot. Despite taking two less wickets, Pervez bowled sharper against USA and had an economy rate that was more than a full run lower than Eranga at 4.23. Pervez also was the bowler who successfully defended 16 to win the Super Over for Canada.
11. Nosthush Kenjige – Was the leading wicket-taker in North Carolina in his first T20 tournament for USA with 12 wickets at an average of 9.75 and an economy of 5.70. Also a demon in the field and had one runout.
(Photo of Monank Patel and Jaskaran Malhotra courtesy of Peter Della Penna/Dreamcricket.com)