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ICC World Cricket League Division 5
Proud Moment As USA Move To Div. 4 After Defeating Nepal
By Lloyd Jodah
Feb. 26th, 2010
Nepal has eight of the world's highest mountains, and today all of them seemed to be standing in the way of Team USA getting to Division 4 in the ICC World Cricket League.
The excitement over recent initiatives by USA Cricket stood to be enhanced tremendously if the USA team could qualify for Italy - Bella Italia...dove si mangia bene...Campione del Mondo di Calcio...e pure si gioca Cricket (Beautiful Italy where dining is amazing...Soccer World Cup Champions...and yes, cricket is played there). It was with this in mind as Team USA took the field against Nepal.
On a warmish day, temperatures in the 70's Usman Shuja and Kevin Darlington opened the bowling for USA. Shuja, an MBA student at Northwestern University, immediately seemed to get Anil Kumar Mandal caught, but the appeal was turned down. But Mandal didn't benefit for long, going in Shuja's next over clean-bowled. Darlington in the meantime Dipendra Chaudhary lbw, then bowled Shakti Prasad Gauchan and Nepal was 16 for 3 off 6.4 overs!
USA looked to apply the pressure, but the two batsmen at the crease now were Sharad Vesawkar who had scored the only century of the tournament so far, and Paras Khadka (capt.) who had scored three half-centuries for Nepal in the previous four matches. The two batsmen struggled though against the tight bowling before Orlando Baker got Khadka to play on to his stumps for 12, made off 45 balls.
Baker then turned the heat up on the Nepal batsmen by getting Vesawkar caught behind for 15, made off 39 balls. Nepal was reeling at 53 for 5 off 23.4 overs!
(vice-capt.), 52 off 81 balls with 5 fours, and Mahaboob Alam, 38
off 44 balls, 2x4s, 1x6 then put on 62 runs to give the 10,000 plus
crowd something to cheer about. The crowd had grown steadily throughout
the innings. Lennox Cush got the dangerous Malla lbw whilst Alam
was run out, and at the end of 50 overs Nepal scored only 162 runs
for the loss of nine wickets.
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