The USA was bundled with 177 in their third match of the ICC Men’s Second Division World Cricket World Cup, but Karima Gore’s 4/20 helped them maintain their winning streak in the tournament.
The US continued their perfect week on home soil as Karima Gore’s superb bowling performance, combined with a blistering inning by Monank Patel, helped them to the third victory after so many games in Florida.
After deciding on the first strike, the hosts lost to Jaskaran Malhotra in the second round. The gates fell at regular intervals and had been reduced to 63/5 by the 19th.
Monank Patel showed resistance and went on to make the game’s only half-century, scoring 66 runs from 99 ships. He shared an important 48-run stand for the eighth wicket with veteran Elmore Hutchinson, a 37-year-old veteran who came on 28.
Patel was eventually dismissed by Nosaina Pokana in the 46th over. Pokana, who claimed 3/44, put his record at 12 wickets to become the leading wicket-taker in the tournament. Jason Kila was also impressive when the ball won in his 9.1 Overs 3/27 and helped the hosts save 11 balls.
There was then a short rain delay, fortunately causing no surplus reduction. PNG, who had lost each of his five games in the tournament, would have hoped to change things with a small target to be pursued. They started decently and added 31 runs for the first goal.
But things changed quickly when Steven Taylor took over the wicket of Tony Ura (19) thanks to a good catch from Timil Patel. In the next round, US captain Saurabh Netravalakar won the goal from Gaudi Toka (6).
PNG captain Assad Vala exerted pressure on the United States by pushing some boundaries, but Nisarg Patel dismissed him on 23 for 38, causing a dramatic collapse. PNG slipped from 87/3 to 115, while Karima Gore played through their lower order.
With this result, the US moved to the top of the scoring table, although they had previously played only three games. Their fortunes are in sharp contrast to those of PNG, who have lost each of their six games.
The US hope they can continue their victory by playing their last home game against Namibia on Friday, September 20. PNG will contest two more games against Namibia on the 22nd and 23rd of September.
Man of the match (Karima Gore)
“My basic plan was to throw a lot of dot balls and feel that the guys with support really got around. That helped me gain confidence and set up a good plan. “