Namibia struggled with bat and ball in their first match of the competition on Tuesday, 17 September, in Lauderhill. USA, who had won their first game of the tri-series after posting the highest total in CWC League Two, chased down the lowest score so far, to win their second match.
Batting first, Namibia began slowly. Saurabh Netravalkar, the USA captain, bowled a wicket-maiden first up, sending back Stephen Baard. Namibia scored their first run only after 23 balls.
No wonder they're all smiles, USA cruise to a five-wicket victory over Namibia!— ICC (@ICC) September 17, 2019
Steven Taylor had a fine all-round game, taking 4/23 with the ball then hitting 43 with the bat 👏 pic.twitter.com/pHAcXH4Fcw
Opener Karl Birenstock (32) helped put some runs on the board, ensuring no wickets fell for the next 10 overs and adding a patient 33 for the second wicket. But once Taylor broke that partnership, striking twice in the 11th over, Namibia found it hard to come back.
Birenstock was dismissed off Karima Gore, and while 22-year-old Zane Green (36) tried to stay as long as he could on the crease, Nisarg Patel bowled him to end Namibia’s innings. Taylor's off-spin gave him 4/23.
USA took a comfortable approach to chasing a low target. After they slipped to 33/2, Taylor and Monank Patel built a partnership, taking them past the 100 mark.
Birkenstock ended their stand at 68, but by then only 21 runs were needed, with seven wickets and 24.3 overs remaining. Namibia's attacking fielding troubled the new batsmen, but it was too late. Monank (30*) finished the job in 31.2 overs.
USA will target their third win of the competition, against PNG on Thursday. PNG are on five losses in a row. Namibia will play their next match on Friday, against USA.
Steven Taylor, Player of the Match: "Today was a good day for me with bowling and batting. For the bowling I will say I just kept it simple and tried to keep it as straight as possible and tried to vary my pace, because the Namibia guys are used to true wickets. I tried to take off the pace as much as possible and keep it as tight as I can. I got four wickets and I was happy with that. With the batting, it's a really flat wicket, and I am used to it as well. It would spin a little, but it doesn't spin enough so I kept it straight and simple."
Gerhard Erasmus, Namibia captain: "Obviously disappointing day today on the field. We got outplayed bat and ball. It is a very disappointing start. We have a two-day turnaround now until the next game against USA. We have some time to recuperate. I think we need to get accustomed to the conditions here very quickly because this is very different compared to back home. We need to keep backing up our guys to put up a match-winning performance."