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Allen fifty helps USA seal five-wicket win

Right-hander puts on 77 with Srinivasa Santhanam as US recovers from 61 for 5 in pursuit of 138

Allen fifty helps USA seal five-wicket win - Cricket News
USA's Timroy Allen hit an unbeaten 50 and partnered Srinivasa Santhanam (28*) in an unbroken 77-run stand for the sixth wicket
The United States of America beat Canada by five wickets in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier Group A encounter at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday (November 15). Put in to bat, Canada rode on useful contributions from its middle order-order batsmen – Ashish Bagai, the captain (20), Jimmy Hansara (39) and Rizwan Cheema (28) – to post 137 for 6 in 20 overs. In an-round bowling effort for USA, Adam Sanford and Elmore Hutchinson picked a up a couple of wickets each, while Mohammad Ghous, the off-spinner, and Neil McGarrell, the captain, helped themselves to a wicket apiece.
 
 USA never got off the blocks in its chase, and, at 61 for 5 after 11.1 overs, a win seemed highly unlikely. But, Srinivasa Santhanam (28*) and Timroy Allen (50*) stitched together an unbeaten 77-run stand for the sixth wicket, to lead USA’s fightback and seal the win with a delivery to spare. 
 
Commenting on his team’s win, McGarrell said, “Definitely Canada is our rival, they have beaten us a few times around, so I mentioned to the fellows before we started that this game was going to be a morale booster for us if we got over them. So it was exciting for us to win this one today”.

Speaking about Allen’s half-century, McGarrell said, “Yes, Timroy has been performing well for the USA, I played a couple of games with him before I became captain.  He’s been batting pretty well for the USA all the time, so his performance was no exception today.”
 
“We have a lot to take from today’s game.  We’ve seen how the wicket is playing, so we’ve got a fair idea of how we’ll go about playing Italy.  Italy has a few ball-beaters in its team, so we just have to try and restrict them in terms of trying to hit the ball around.” 

McGarrell said that it was disappointing when USA failed to qualify from the WCL Division 3 for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, but added that the competition was a learning curve and hoped that it would be a stepping stone for the revival of cricket back home.  “Definitely, it was disappointing not to qualify from WCL Division 3 for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, I think we have a lot to learn from that competition – you don’t just go and relax, you get in there and play right through to the end, so this is a stepping stone for redemption for the USA cricket team”, he said.

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