Usman Shuja proved to be the key for the Americans’ win, with the medium-pacer claiming three wickets in his role to help dismiss the African side for just 92 runs. Shuja was assisted by good performances with the ball by Muhammad Ghous and Timroy Allen while Tanzania’s middleorder crumbled to the pace and spin attack.
In reply, it took the USA just nine overs to reach the target but not before it lost three wickets in the process. Steven Taylor contributed a neat 22-ball 46 before departing after being caught by Tanzania’s wicketkeeper, Issa Kikasi, it was then up to Aditya Mishra and Elmore Hutchison to add some more to the total before they headed back to the pavilion, leaving captain Steve Massiah and Timroy Allen to tidy up proceedings for the side and secure the victory.
Shuja said: “I’m happy with my performance today since I didn’t bowl well against Denmark. I hope I can maintain my performance against Nepal and in the rest of our matches.” Massiah also commented: “It was professional approach today and things went according to the game plan and we executed brilliantly what we had planned.
We knew how critical this match was going to be for us and winning it with a big margin will help us to boost out net run-rate.” Nepal continued its good run of form in the tournament after the side beat the host, Malaysia, by 10 wickets in a low scoring match, Singapore beat Denmark by four wickets.
A brilliant performance by spinner Shakti Gauchan saw the 28- year-old take impressive match figures of 10-8-2-3 to dismiss the lower order. At Selangor Turf Club, Nepal captain Paras Khadka made sure his side continued its winning ways with an impressive
10-wicket victory over the tournament host Malaysia.
Khadka’s star bowlers, Gauchan and Basanta Regmi claiming three wickets each, dismissed the host for a meagre 69 in 32.1
overs. Gauchan’s performance in the innings earned him the man of the match award after his imposing spell to claim three wickets for just two runs in a tight series of overs that saw him stifle Malaysia’s run-making abilities.
In reply, it took Nepal just 12.2 overs to knock off the target with Subash Khakurel and Anil Mandal making lightwork of the required runs. Post-match Gauchan said: “I didn’t think much about my performance before the game, but my objective was to bowl in the right area which I did during the game and it turned out to be my best bowling performance.”
Captain Khadka added: “It was another great bowling display from the team, especially from Gauchan and the other opening pairs. Although we had a small target to chase, I am happy with the batting performance of the openers as the batter and won the match for us convincingly. We still can’t relax after this win and will work hard to win the rest of our matches.”
In the final fixture of the day, Denmark took on Singapore at Bayuemas Oval with Michael Pedersen’s side eager to continue its winning streak. The side amassed 173 in less the 50 overs, with Freddie Klokker and Shehzad Ahmed being the batsmen of note, but the other Danes failed to contribute heavily to the total.
Singapore’s captain, Saad Khan Janjua proved to be the pick of his bowling unit claiming the key wickets of opener Carsten Pedersen and batsman Andreas Lambert. In reply, Singapore took its time to reach the required target but did so with the assistance of some good run-making by the top order including Chaminda Kumarage and Anish Param while veteran batsman Munish Arora finished the innings 39 not out. Denmark’s captain Michael Pedersen did his best to lead his bowling attack, claiming 2-24, however, his attempts were in vain as Singapore secured the win by four wickets.