Peru make comeback of `Lazarus` proportions to beat Chile on Day 2
Sun, Aug 28, 2011 10:07 AM
Chile won the toss and elected to bat and were soon in trouble at 6 for 63 after 11 overs. A superb partnership of 67 runs between Hans Cerpa (35) and Jhoel Riveros (42) put Chile back in the game. Peru did not help their cause by bowling too many wide deliveries but were extremely well served by James King with 3-31 from 6 overs and Mariano Bottger with 4-34 from 4.5 overs.
Peru`s reply was looking similar to the day before after they lost their first 2 wickets cheaply. However, this brought James King to the crease and he put on a 45 run partnership with Juan Jose Mariategui for the 3rd wicket and then a 6th wicket partnership of 78 with Luis Paredes to bring Peru within striking distance. Chile bowled superbly with both Cerpa (3-48) and Riveros (2-33) collecting regular wickets, although the Peruvians were stealing plenty of byes and some extra runs from wides. It was a nail-biting finish and it all came down to whether James King could score the runs before running out of partners. He eventually hit the winning runs to bring up his hundred with Peru 7 wickets down and justifiably took out the man of the match award. It was an amazing turnaround by Peru and has blown the tournament wide open.
The final game of the 40-over competition between Chile and Argentina will take place on Monday. Tomorrow sees the start of the T20 competition with Chile playing Argentina in the morning and Peru v Argentina in the afternoon.