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USA go marching on in ICC Americas U19 World Cup Qualifier

ICC U19 CWC Americas Qualifer

USA beats Bermuda by 118 runs in the fourth ODI of the tournament from Toronto, Canada.

The USA continued their dominant form in the ICC Americas U19 World Cup Qualifiers with a convincing win over Bermuda by 118 runs in the fourth ODI of the tournament from Toronto, Canada.

They will point again to a solid all-round team performance typified by a sparkling performance with the ball by the outstanding off-spinner Sahil Patel, a California native considered to be one of the brightest young stars in American cricket. His five-wicket haul ensured that Bermuda was never in the hunt despite a promising start in their pursuit of the USA’s imposing 220.

At one point Bermuda had been 50/1, but their progress was checked in the 15th over when Patel removed the dangermen Marcus Scotland and skipper Nzari Paynter, and the middle-order could never recover from those setbacks, falling away to be bowled out for 102 in 36.5 overs.

Earlier, however, an energetic performance in the field by Bermuda saw the USA reduced to 58/4 with wickets for their impressive opening bowlers Nirobi Smith Mills and Dalin Richardson, who impressed again, giving up just 31 in the initial powerplay. Bermuda may still be winless in the tournament but they have shown real glimpses of quality, especially in the field and with the ball.

After that initial wobble, the USA they will be indebted to Gaurav Patanker, whose 74-ball 50 held the innings together and got him going in the tournament following a duck against Canada. Useful lower-order runs from the India-born left-hander Karthk Gattepalli (24 from 23 balls) and the irrepressible Patel, who struck a run-a-ball 22, were enough to set Bermuda an insurmountable target.

At the half-way stage, the USA coach, former Sri Lanka Test wicketkeeper Pubudu Dassanayake, praised the “responsible innings” played by Patanker but conceded that there was work still to be done with his batsmen, whom he felt could have pushed up to 250 if it wasn’t for a tendency to give away “soft wickets” when well set.

Ultimately, however, the USA had too much strength in depth, and with runs and wickets – whose 5-20 was the first five-wicket haul of the tournament so far – Patel’s all-round brilliance made the awarding of the Player of the Match award a formality.

The result puts the USA in pole position to top the group after three wins from three matches, but Canada can still topple them with big wins over the weekend in the final two fixtures of the tournament. Bermuda, meanwhile, which hasn’t qualified for the ICC U19 World Cup since 2008, remain rooted to the bottom of the table with three defeats from three, and just one match left to play.

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