T20 WC 2022 Americas Qualifier: USA Pick Up Two Wins In A Row

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T20 WC 2022 Americas Qualifier: USA Pick Up Two Wins In A RowSteven Taylor cracked a quick-fire 39 versus Belize

Day 1

The USA embarked on their journey towards the 2022 T20 WC qualification on an auspicious note as they trounced Belize and Panama by 10 and nine wickets respectively on the opening day of the seven-team Americas qualifier event. For all its worth, despite the presence of other teams such as Argentina (54), Bahamas, Belize (51) and Panama (61), this qualification tournament is a direct shoot-out between the three considerably higher-ranked T20I outfits in USA (34), Bermuda (28), and Canada (22) to grab the two qualification spots, who in turn will further advance to global qualifiers.

USA vs Belize

Monank Patel won his first ever toss as the USA's captain and put Belize into bat. In the fourth over, Rusty Theron drew first blood for the USA, having Andrew Banner fish one uppishly outside off to point. The USA struck twice again within the powerplay as Ian Holland, back in the USA fold after skipping the Oman tour, edged off Kenton Young while Karima Gore, eager to find form with the ball, struck Aaron Mulsar plumb in front for a duck. Gore bagged one more in his next over, as Cornel Brown chipped one carelessly to Aaron Jones at short cover.

With Belize in tatters at 5 for 26, a few lusty blows from Glenford Banner made sure they cross the 50-run mark. As Banner departed for 28, Belize limped their way to 64 for 9 off their 20 overs. In response, the USA openers – Monank Patel and Steven Taylor – cantered home in the space of 4.2 overs. Taylor in particular was brutal, bludgeoning four sixes and a couple of boundaries in his 15-ball 39 run cameo. Patel too grabbed his chance against a poor Belize bowling attack, finishing with 21 off 11 balls.

USA vs Panama

The USA clinched its second victory off the day as a rudderless Panama were no match to a buoyant USA. The game marked the T20I debut of the USA's globetrotting T20 star Ali Khan, making a comeback to the squad after two years. He made an instant impact, as he had Rizwan Mangera edging one to the ‘keeper in his second over. Netravalkar joined in the fun as Anil Kumar Ahir chopped one onto his stumps that jagged slightly back in. Ian Holland's dual strikes had Panama in all sorts of trouble at 4 for 25. At this stage of the game, the game meandered along without Panama showing any real zest towards run scoring, crawling to 85 for 8 in their 20 overs.

In an effort to provide time in the middle to their leading batsmen, the USA fielded a pair of brand-new openers in the form of Xavier Marshall and Jaskaran Malhotra. The duo exercised relative caution early on in comparison to their explosive predecessors in the previous game. Malhotra got going with a whip off his legs towards the square leg boundary. He clubbed one over the long on rope, with Marshall too getting into the act with a flurry of boundaries in the powerplay. Malhotra lost his wicket right at the end of the powerplay, trying to employ a cheeky stance way outside the off-stump, only to have his stumps uprooted. Marshall made the most of being out in the middle closing the game in the 10th over with an unbeaten 47.

The USA now play an all-important game against Bermuda on November 8.

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