Indianapolis got its first look at international cricket yesterday as the Americas Championship Division One kicked off at the World Sports Park. The hosts and Canada picked up wins in what was the first ICC sanctioned tournament played in the US outside of Florida.

Canada and Suriname got the tournament underway in the morning with Suriname opting to field first after winning the toss. Captain Rizwan Cheema survived being dropped early on in his innings to top score for the Canadians with 34 as they scored 121-8 from their 20 overs.

Suriname's reply started poorly when Shazam Ramjohn was dismissed at the end of the first over without a run on the board. Opening partner Muneshwar Patandin was out in the next over with just two runs on the scoreboard, and Suriname never really recovered from there.

Wasim Haslim was the only Suriname batsman to reach double figures, scoring 19, as they were restricted to 59-9 from their 20 overs, losing by 62 runs. Nikhil Dutta was the pick of the Canadian bowlers, taking four wickets for just eight runs from his four overs.

In the afternoon game, Bermuda batted first after winning the toss against the home side. Both openers were dismissed for single figure scores, and Bermuda found themselves in something of a hole when David Hemp was the fifth man out in the 12th over with the score on 55.

Christian Burgess got their innings back on track with an unbeaten 43 from 31 balls, sharing in a 50 run stand for the seventh wicket with Jacobi Robinson. Bermuda finished on 123-7 from their 20 overs, with the last over being bowled by two bowlers when Hammad Shahid was removed from the attack for repeatedly running on the middle of the pitch in his follow through.

Fahad Babar was the star in the USA reply, scoring an unbeaten 78 from 54 balls as they completed a five wicket win with one over to spare. Nicholas Standford and Timil Patel were the other USA batsmen to reach double figures.

The tournament continues today with Canada playing Bermuda and the hosts playing Suriname.


Canada beat Suriname by 62 runs
World Sports Park, Indianapolis, 3 May
Canada 121-8 (20 overs)
Suriname 59-9 (20 overs, N Dutta 4-8)

USA beat Bermuda by 5 wickets
World Sports Park, Indianapolis, 3 May
Bermuda 123-7 (20 overs, C Burgess 43*)
USA 125-5 (19 overs, F Babar 78*)