Brazil grab thrilling last over one wicket win over Belize

Sat, Oct 10, 2009 12:57 PM

Brazil grab thrilling last over one wicket win over Belize
The first day of the ICC Americas Division 3 tournament in Santiago Chile produced contrasting victories for Chile and Brazil respectively, with the undoubted individual highlight coming from Chilean captain Simon Shalders, who blasted a brilliant undefeated 195 against Peru. His breathtaking innings steered hosts Chile to an imposing 323-5 in 50 overs, ultimately too much for the Peruvians, who were all out for 160 in reply, and 163 runs short.

On the lower Craighouse ground, there was a thrilling finale as Brazil claimed a nail-biting win over Belize by one wicket with three balls remaining of the final over. Earlier Belize had posted 183 all out in the 43rd over, but Brazil achieved victory as Ravindra Chanchlani struck the third ball of the final over for four to take Brazil to 187-9.

Understandably Shalder's innings dominated the Chilean scorecard after it elected to bat first on the Craighouse upper field. His 195 came off 136 balls, and included 20 fours and seven sixes. Guy Hooper weighed in with a solid 32 off 57 balls, with two fours, while Tristan Bradbrook (21) and John Fecci (20) also chipped in. For Peru, Nadeem Ahmed Ansad was the pick of the bowlers, taking 1-29 in his 10 overs.

Peru never looked likely to mount a threatening challenge against such a daunting target, and only skipper Miles Buesst, who made 32 in 69 balls with three fours, and Chris Abbott, with 20, provided any real resistance. John Fecci struggled a little to find his line, but still proved to be the most effective of the Chilean bowlers, taking 4-24 in 6.2 overs. Kamran Zeb also bowled well in taking 3-32 in seven overs.

After the Shalders onslaught on the top field, the drama really unfolded in the afternoon on the lower ground as Brazil chased down the testing target set by Belize. Although Belize finished on 183, it really had Brazil to thank for this by being gifted 44 wides, as well as being let off the hook at 102-8 in the 27th over, the last two wicket stands pooled together 81 runs.

Jermaine Pook, batting at number six, held the innings together with a stubborn 34 not out, scored in 80 balls, with four boundaries. Together with Lloyd Casasola (20), 33 runs were added for the ninth wicket, while number eleven Mykelt Anthony bludgeoned 30 in 17 balls, with two fours and three sixes, as the last wicket added 48 runs. Best of the Brazilian bowlers were Deodat Randolph (3-43), Ravindra Chanchlani (2-34) and Rubabul Islam (2-32).

Brazil struggled initially to gather any momentum in its run chase, and indeed when captain and key batsman Matt Featherstone departed in the 23rd over, making the score 59-4, not many would have bet against a Belize victory. But all-rounders Rubabul Islam and Deodat Randolph had other ideas, and a fantastic fifth wicket partnership of 90 steered the Brazilians into pole position at 149-5 in the 41st over.

Islam played the man of the match innings, making 76 excellent runs mixing caution and aggression in 108 balls, with six fours and four sixes. Randolph weighed in with a great knock of 48 in 67 balls, including five boundaries. However, there was to be a few more twists in this absorbing contest, as Belize fought back to reduce Brazil to 182-9 with one over remaining. But Chanchlani and Miziara grabbed the glory for an outstanding first day win for the Brazilians. For Belize, Mykelt Anthony took 3-31 in 10 overs, in addition to two good catches, and Howell Gillett took 3-26 in five overs.

Day one results set up a juicy clash between Chile and Brazil on Saturday, with the winner going to the top of the table, while Peru and Belize go into its encounter knowing that a loss means being knocked out of a contention, while a win puts them right back in the hunt.

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