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Cricket news - Buoyant USA trounce Scotland in mega victory

Rusty Theron picked three wickets as USA successfully defended their total

Rusty Theron picked three wickets as USA successfully defended their total

USA beat a leading associate nation Scotland in Sharjah by 35 runs on the back of a phenomenal innings of 82 from the man of the match Monank Patel who was well supported by Aaron Jones(72) . The victory is a big statement, taking into consideration Scotland's recent run of form where they beat world number one ODI side England at home and qualified for next year's T20 WC in Australia.

USA have pulled off two wins on the first two days of the tournament, and sit pretty at the top of the World Cup League 2. It is a dramatic turn in fortunes for a side who missed out on T20 WC qualifiers qualification by losing to Bermuda twice.

Batting first after winning the toss, USA lost Xavier Marshall on the first ball of the match, as his off-stump was out of the ground while he attempted to shoulder arms to an in dipper from Safyaan Sharif. Steven Taylor came out with a positive mindset, scoring 3 boundaries in 21 balls including two cracking cover drives. Monank showed signs of being in his element as he pulled out an elegant looking straight drive and showed supple use of his wrists to caress one through mid-wicket.

His stay, however, was cut short by left-arm spinner Mark Watt as the ball thudded into his stump while Taylor tried to push the ball on the offside. Jones joined Monank with USA uncomfortably placed at 30 for 2 in the 8th over. The Scotland bowlers kept bowling tight lines in the second powerplay too, particularly Mark Watt who had conceded just 19 runs in seven overs at one point.

The pair played sedately until the 30th over, scoring 125. Assessing the conditions and the batting might of the opposition, Monank and Jones decided to go hammer and tongs after the 31st over. Monank started the onslaught by dancing down the track to Alasdair Evans to muscle a six over long off. Jones joined in, as he clobbered a short ball off Sharif 20 yards into the mid-wicket boundary. The pair added 42 runs between overs 31 and 35, before Monank got out in the 36th over by skying one in the air just 18 short of his maiden ODI century.

Ian Holland came in and bludgeoned both the left arm spinners for a couple of towering sixes over cow corner. Jones departed for a strokeful 72 in the 40th over in pursuit of quick runs with USA on 204. USA scored 78 runs in the final 10 overs with some late-order flourish from Holland, Homraj and Netravalkar. Netravalkar took apart Evans with a 16-run final over to propel the innings to 282.

Saurabh Netravalkar and Rusty Theron dented Scotland early by reducing them to 16 for 2. Netravalkar, who has made it a habit to strike with the new ball, had Matt Cross fishing one way outside off and was caught by Holland at gully. Theron bowled a venomous in-swinger to castle captain Kyle Coetzer for 4. Coetzer's dismissal was a big blow for Scotland as he has been the lynchpin holding their batting together in many of their successful chases. Jones and Mcleod started building the innings with a cautious approach.

Mcleod coming in with a reputation of being one of the better players of spin bowling in the associate world, showed his prowess here as well as he milked the USA spinners with a series of sweeps for boundaries, with one of slog sweeps actually landing on the road just outside the stadium. Jones departed after a brilliant half century, pushing one back to Kenjige who latched onto with a fully stretched diving effort. Berrington joined Mcleod with the game hanging in the balance with Scotland needing 170 off 149 balls.

Berrington got on with the scoring rate quickly with a flurry of boundaries. The pair put on a run-a-ball 51 before Holland, who has earned quite a reputation as a death bowler for USA, cleaned him up with a slower delivery. He returned to send the dangerous George Munsey back to the pavilion as he couldn't cope with a change in pace on the delivery, premeditating a hoic at midwicket.

The game was set up for a tense chase with Scotland having their nose ahead, needing 47 off their final 6 with a resolute Mcleod going strong at 85. However Cameron Stevenson who had been struggling until then in the game had other ideas as he bowled a deathly spell which triggered a sudden collapse - three wickets falling in his next seven balls, including Mcleod's wickets. Theron demolished rest of tail as Scotland astoundingly lost their last 4 wickets for 4 runs and were eventually bowled out for 247.

The contributions of the USA middle and lower order would be really heartening for the team management as that clearly had been an area of worry for them in the recent past. USA play their next game of the tournament against UAE on Thursday at the ICC Academy Oval in Dubai.

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