Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Steven Taylor special show floors clumsy Nepal. Representative Image: Steven Taylor of USA.
Representative Image: Steven Taylor of USA.
USA ended their seven-game losing streak in the ICC World Cup League 2 by a thumping six-wicket victory over Nepal. Albeit chasing only 175, USA cantered home with 123 balls to spare on the back of a whirlwind 92 off 63 balls from their destructive opening batsman Steven Taylor. Debutant fast bowler Kyle Phillip (3 for 43) and captain Saurabh Netravalkar (4 for 29) rattled Nepal with timely strikes to have them capitulate sensationally from 140 for 4 to 175 all out. Phillip, known to bowl over 90 mph, a luxury at associate level, kept steaming in throughout the day as Netravalkar applied the choke with his nagging length.
Aasif Sheikh and Kushal Bhurtel couldn't emulate their half century stand against USA a couple of nights back as Phillip had Sheikh in a tangle trying to work an awkwardly rising delivery on the on side. Karima Gore, stationed at point, took a skyer sprinting backwards. Bhurtel took nine deliveries to get off the mark but started to time the ball swiftly after slashing a boundary towards point. After crunching two more boundaries off Netravalkar, Bhurtel shimmied down the wicket to launch Hutchinson over long on.
Gore had the rub off the green going his way after Bhurtel smashed him for two boundaries in an over. Bhurtel lost his bails just after his half century stand with captain Gyandendra Malla as a ball rolled onto the stumps off his pads, departing for a well-made 36 off 43 balls. Gore found himself again in the thick of things as he plucked one out of thin air to dismiss the new batsman Rohit Paudel for 3. Nepal found themselves in more trouble after losing Binod Bhandari with substitute Dominique Rikhi ended up taking a blinder on the long on fence off Nosthush Kenjige.
Nepal were briefly lifted by yet another half century partnership between Gulshan Jha and Gyanendra Malla. Jha clobbered one over cow corner off Kenjige to infuse some momentum into a dormant innings. However, he departed soon enough with the score at 140, trying to force the issue against Netravalkar. Jha miscued one to mid-on in an attempt to clear the field before an extra fielder was allowed outside the circle. Netravalkar struck twice in the same over as Kushal Malla's horror run with the bat continued, chasing a wide delivery almost on the seventh stump to hand a straightforward chance to point. Netravalkar and Phillip then dismantled the tail as Gyanendra Malla fell too after a fighting 50.
USA's nemesis Sandeep Lamichhane struck early with the wickets of Sushant Modani and newly promoted Kareema Gore. Modani may consider himself unlucky as replays suggested Lamichhane's googly could've gone on to miss the leg stump. Gore, though, committed harakiri, dancing down the track to blindly wield his willow at a googly to lose his off stump.
However, right before the fall of those two wickets, Steven Taylor gave Nepal a glimpse of his ominous form. Exquisitely clearing mid-off with an on the rise drive and a flashy hook that sailed over square leg. Taylor plundered 21 runs off Gulshan Jha in the sixth over, including six and three boundaries. The six off Jha was classic Taylor, showcasing his rare talent of timing. Standing his ground and punching a lofted drive with no real flourish of the bat.
Taylor got stuck into the left arm spin of Sushan Bhari carving another piece of magic, clubbing him for three boundaries off consecutive deliveries. Taylor motored his way to 92 before holing out to mid-off. Karan KC had the new batsman Sanjay Krishnamurthy fish outside the off stump as the ball took the edge to fly to slip with USA still needing 57 off 30 overs with six wickets in hand. Monank Patel, who came in at the fall of second wicket and enjoyed the best seat in the house while Taylor put on a show, remained firmly anchored at the crease ending up with 38* along with Jaskaran Malhotra (36 off 32) as the pair took USA to the finish line without further casualties.