A tremendous late fight back by Stephan Rajasingam and Amanpal Gillar produced an unbroken 69-run ninth wicket partnership in the final nine overs as Canada defeated USA by 34 runs on day three of the ICC Americas Northern Division U15 Tournament at Erskine Cricket Ground in Brooklyn, New York.
Nitesh Kumar was named Man of the Match after opening the match for Canada with 41 runs in 43 balls and then turned in eight overs of brilliant off-spin bowling to finish with 3-12.
Winning the toss and batting first, Canadian wickets tumbled after losing skipper and opening batsman Kumar and it was reduced to 102-8 in the 31st over. Rajasingam (26 in 38 balls) and Gillar (37 in 30 balls) contributed valuable runs in the late overs to guide Canada to 189-8 in 40 overs.
In the second innings, Canada produced a strict bowling and fielding display to restrict the hosts to 109-8 at one stage. Roshan Varadarajan, coming in at number eight, put on a valiant effort and top scored for the USA with 43 off 40 balls. However, he soon ran out of partners and was dismissed, getting caught off Trevor Manoosingh by Nikhil Dutta, as the innings closed at 155 all out in 36.2 overs
Canada, Bermuda and USA now share equal points on the table producing a three-way tie halfway through the tournament. In tomorrow?s game, Bermuda will look for revenge on USA after a devastating defeat by one run on Monday.
At Erskine Cricket Ground in Brooklyn, New York: Canada U/15 189-8, 40 overs (Nitesh Kumar 41; Krish Goel 2-20)
USA U/15 155 all out, 36.2 overs (R Varadarajan 43; Nitesh Kumar3-12)
Canada won by 34 runs
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