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By Peter Della Penna in Kuala Lumpur (on Twitter)
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A century stand by Sushil Nadkarni and Steven Taylor to open the
match was followed by a scintillating knock by Timroy Allen to set up a
70-run win for USA over Malaysia at Bayuemas Oval on Monday at the 2012
ICC WCL Division Four tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Allen was
named Man of the Match after notching 72 not out in just 43 deliveries, a
career high for Allen in a USA uniform, to take USA to an easily
defendable 289 for 5.
“This is all a team sport,” Allen said. “The two openers gave us a
solid start in order for me to go out there with an arsenal of shots,
playing whatever shot I feel comfortable playing.”
Malaysia won the toss and elected to send USA in to bat on a hot and
sticky morning at Bayuemas Oval. Usman Shuja, Akeem Dodson and Andy
Mohammed were the three to sit out for USA while Taylor was asked to
open the batting less than 24 hours after arriving in Kuala Lumpur and
combined with Nadkarni to put on 110 runs for the first wicket.
Nadkarni, it was a role reversal playing the anchor position in an
opening partnership as Taylor took the initiative cracking five
boundaries and a six straight down the ground in the first six overs to
take USA to 37 for 0. Taylor brought up his 50 off 52 balls at the start
of the 17th over when he guided his seventh boundary through third man
to take the score to 90. He added two more boundaries before he was
dismissed on a marginal LBW decision for 62 by off-spinner Suharril
Image (right) - Sushil Nadkarni cuts through the off side in the
middle of his innings vs. Malaysia. Nadkarni top-scored for USA in the
match with 73. [Courtesy: Peter Della Penna/DreamCricket.com]
“We’ve always known Steve can get going pretty quick and he started
doing that pretty regularly towards the end of the Dubai tour,” Nadkarni
said. “Today when he started going, I quickly changed my role and
wanted to support him.”
Steve Massiah joined Nadkarni and USA’s scoring rate slowed down as
Massiah struggled to rotate the strike against Malaysia’s spinners with
Nadkarni well set at the other end. Nadkarni brought up his half-century
in 68 balls in the 25th over, pulling Hassan Ghulam over midwicket for
his eighth boundary and then followed it up two balls later with a
massive six to the same region.
Nadkarni got out hit wicket in the 36th over for 73 when he mistimed a
hook shot against medium pacer Suresh Navaratnam. The ball hit him in
the armpit and started rolling towards the stumps, but never actually
touched. However, Nadkarni was slightly off balance in his follow
through and took one hand off his bat to try to stay upright. In the
process, the bat glanced the stumps to knock the bails off. That made
the score 157 for 2 and set the stage for Allen to get promoted up the
order and put on a destructive display to demoralize Malaysia after they
looked like they were clawing back into the match.
Massiah was on 8 off 43 balls when Allen joined him at the crease and
seemed to be spurred to find the gaps better when Allen arrived,
scoring 25 off his final 25 deliveries. Allen crushed the third delivery
he received from Navaratnam over long on for his first six, then did it
again to Navaratnam off his eighth delivery to set the tone for what
would come throughout the rest of his knock. Spinners were no match for
Allen either as he dispatched left-arm orthodox bowler Shahrulnizam
Yusof for a monstrous six in the 39th over that hit three quarters of
the way up a 10-story viewing tower behind the bowler.
Massiah was dropped on 13 at mid off by Hiran Ralalage to keep the
partnership alive and a few overs later Allen teed off on Yusof even
further in the 43rd, crushing a four and two sixes over long on to bring
up the half-century stand. Massiah hit his first and only six an over
later as he finally looked ready to accelerate but then got out two
balls later on the deep midwicket boundary for 33 to make it 227 for 3
Thyagarajan got out second ball for 2 trying to clear the man at long
off to give Yusof a wicket and make the score 229 for 4. Aditya Mishra
arrived but Allen had crossed while the ball was in the air on the
dismissal and proceeded to continue his demolition of Yusof with two
more boundaries to bring up his half-century in just 30 deliveries and
then capped the over with his sixth six into the sightscreen.
Image (left) - Timroy Allen raises his cap to the USA bench after
reaching his half-century off just 30 deliveries against Malaysia.
[Courtesy: Peter Della Penna/DreamCricket.com]
When Mishra finally got the strike he had no trouble keeping pace
with Allen, using his feet repeatedly to the spinners with great success
as he struck three boundaries and a six to finish with 25 in just 14
balls. He got out with seven balls to go in the innings just after the
pair had raised a 50-run partnership in just 4.1 overs. Orlando Baker
arrived and slogged one six over midwicket before finishing 7 not out
while Allen walked off deservedly unbeaten with four fours and six sixes
in his thrilling knock.
Malaysia suffered early damage in the chase as Allen and Elmore
Hutchinson wrecked the top order to leave the host side at 21 for 3 in
the sixth over. Allen had Rakesh Madhavan caught by Mishra at second
slip for 4 while Hutchinson trapped Shafiq Sharif LBW for 1 and bowled
Faiz Ahmed Noor for 5.
Malaysia captain Suhan Kumar Alagaratnam and Fetri then started a
counter-attack with some excellent running between the wickets combined
with elegant strokeplay by the captain. What initially looked like a
cakewalk turned into a legitimate contest as Kumar flayed several short
deliveries through the covers while USA struggled to build pressure and
slow the pair down.
Alagaratnam hit his seventh boundary early in the 18th over off Baker
to take him to 39 off just 47 balls before Baker spilled a return
chance on the next delivery. However, Baker atoned two balls later when
he drew a thin edge on a forward prod from Alagaratnam and Taylor took
the catch to put USA back in the driver’s seat at 84 for 4.
Muhammad Ghous bowled with increasing precision after the first
drinks break to strangle the scoring rate which aided USA’s cause
further. A few overs later Abhimanyu Rajp was brought into the attack
and he struck in his second over, getting Khizar Durrani to hole out to
Thyagarajan at long on for 14 to make it 105 for 5 in the 27th.
Fetri kept battling though and with Navaratnam produced Malaysia’s
second half-century stand of the match. The pair put on exactly 50 for
the sixth wicket before Allen returned for a second spell during the
batting power play and had Navaratnam caught by Mishra at midwicket for
28. Ryan Corns removed Hassan Ghulam for 7 to make it 166 for 7 and
Fetri was finally dislodged by Rajp for 60 in the 47th to make it 198
for 8, but Malaysia managed to bat through all 50 overs and finished on
219 for 8.
Allen finished his all-round performance with 2 for 35 in six overs
and was well supported with the new ball by Hutchinson who took 2 for
22. Rajp finished with a slightly expensive 2 for 51 in 10 overs. Ghous
went wicketless but bowled a key spell to finish with 0 for 26 in nine
In the day’s other matches, Denmark defeated Tanzania by 88 runs
after posting 224 in the first innings while Nepal won by five wickets
over Singapore after bowling Singapore out for 111 and chasing the runs
in just 24.5 overs after a rocky start when they lost their fifth wicket
for 47 runs.
USA plays Denmark on day two in Kuala Lumpur at the Selangor Turf
Club. DreamCricket.com will have live coverage of the match with play
set to get underway at 10:30 a.m. in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday morning,
10:30 p.m. EST and 7:30 p.m. PST on Monday night in the USA.