After a day off on Wednesday, the Americas Championship resumed yesterday in Indianapolis, with Canada and the USA winning again. The win for the Canadians ensures them a place in July's global qualifier in Ireland & Scotland.

The first match of the day saw Bermuda win the toss and choose to bat first against the hosts. Bermuda struggled against the USA bowling attack, and were only able to reach 97-5 from their 20 overs. Timil Patel was the pick of the bowlers with 3-22.

The USA had very little trouble in their run chase, starting with a 89 run partnership between openers Steven Taylor and Fahad Babar. The partnership ended when Taylor was out for a 39 ball 60, and the USA went on to win by 8 wickets with 8.1 overs to spare.

In the afternoon match, Canada started in dominant fashion against Suriname. Ruvindu Gunasekera and Rizwan Cheema started with an opening partnership of 59, and Cheema was eventually the second man out having scored 46. Nitesh Kumar and Jimmy Hansra put on 70 for the third wicket to take the score to 139-2 after 17 overs.

Then came a remarkable bowling performance from Suriname's Muneshwar Patandin. He took two wickets in the 18th over and followed that with four wickets in the final over to finish with 6-22. Canada had still scored a very competitive 157-8 from their 20 overs though.

Suriname proceeded to put in their best batting performance of the tournament, but it was still not enough. Muneshwar Patandin completed a fine all-round performance by finishing as their top scorer with 36, but they were restricted to 133-6 from their 20 overs, losing by 24 runs.

The tournament will continue today. USA can secure their place in the global qualifier if they can beat Suriname in the morning match. Canada will take on Bermuda in the afternoon.


USA beat Bermuda by 8 wickets
World Sports Park, Indianapolis, 7 May
Bermuda 97-5 (20 overs, T Patel 3-22)
USA 101-2 (12.1 overs, S Taylor 60)

Canada beat Suriname by 24 runs
World Sports Park, Indianapolis, 7 May
Canada 157-8 (20 overs, Rizwan Cheema 46, N Kumar 43, M Patandin 6-22)
Suriname 133-6 (20 overs, M Pantandin 36)