USA fall at first hurdle
Whilst the USA are pariahs with the ICC, they have been welcomed by the BCCI to play in the Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup.
The tournament has lessened in stature since it's hey day when it had first-class status, and is now played by State Cricket Association XIs, company sides and invitational sides, such as the USA. The games are three-day affairs, with the first innings limited to 90 overs, and the second innings to 40 overs.
The first two days play between the USA and the Karnataka State Cricket Association XI were lost to rain, reducing the game to a 50-over a side single innings game. The USA were put into bat and never really got started, and were dismissed for 122 in the 45th over. Skipper Rahul Kukreti top-scored with 28, whilst Naseer Islam, a ten year veteran with the side closely followed with 27. Ryan Ninan was the pick of the bowlers with 4/29 from his ten overs.
In reply, Karnataka lost their first three wickets quickly and were reduced to 40/3. That was the extent of the success for the USA bowlers though, and Karnataka first-class players Chandrashekar Raghu (49) and Deepak Chougule (35) steered their side home to win by seven wickets.