USA and Canada win again
After the second day of the Americas sub-regional qualifier for the 2020 World Twenty20 it would be a brave person who'd bet against Canada and the USA finishing in the top two, with both recording comprehensive wins over Panama and Belize today in Morrisville, North Carolina.
In the first game of the day, Panama won the toss and chose to bat first against Canada. As against the USA on the opening day, they struggled with the bat and were bowled out for just 42, Mitulkumar Patel was the only batsman to reach double figures, whilst Nitish Kumar was the pick of the Canadian bowlers with 3-8.
Canada promptly knocked off the required runs in just four overs, Hamza Tariq top scoring with 27.
In the afternoon, hosts USA batted first after winning the toss against Belize. Jaskaran Malhotra and Monank Patel put on a mammoth 197 for the opening wicket, the partnership ending when Patel was dismissed for 108, scored from 58 balls. Malhotra batted on to the end of the innings, finishing unbeaten on 106 from 55 balls. The final total for the hosts was 249-2 from their 20 overs.
In reply, Belize could only manage 51 in 12.3 overs before they were bowled out. Francis Sutherland top scored for them with 17, whilst Nosthush Kenjige was the leading wicket taker for the home team, taking four wickets for just five runs.
The tournament continues today with Panama and Belize having the opportunity to record their first win when they play each other, before the oldest rivalry in international cricket takes place in the afternoon when hosts USA take on Canada.