When the match is cricket, at any level, the United States is still not a team to contend with Bangladesh. Bangladesh will lose the ICC U-19 World Cup in Bloemfontein today – it was expected. That’s it. Bangladesh won by 121 runs. With this victory, Bangladesh is confirmed to play in the Super Six.
However, if you look at the names of the players in this team, you may think that the team is not the United States, but the ‘B’ team of India. Pranav, Bhavya, Siddharth, Rishi, Utkarsh, Arepalli, Partha Patel, Khush Valala, Arya Garg…some are born in India, some are of Indian origin. But citizens of the United States! The United States team is made with such players!
Bangladesh scored 291 runs on Ariful Islam’s great century batting against that team earlier today. As a one-dayer for the senior team, it is not a great score, but it is quite a good score in age-based cricket, and considering the opponent USA, this run can be called a ‘mountain’. The United States lost standing in front of that mountain. All out for 170 runs. However, played up to the 48th over, it is not less!
However, it was the USA’s batting that signaled the fight at the start. Bhabhaya Mehta got out in the fifth over but they fought after seeing the first 20 overs of the innings. At one stage it was 85 runs for 1 wicket. Opener Pranab Chettipaliyam got fifty. The United States got 75 runs in his partnership with Siddharth Kappa (18), who fell for three.
But in the 24th over, Ariful came and dismissed Kappa. After that, the batting of the United States seems to be plagued. Kappa got out leaving the team at 86, then Chettipalayam got out after adding 5 runs. Before getting out, however, he scored 57 runs off 90 balls with 8 fours.
After losing the fourth wicket for 112 runs, USA got a pair of 41 runs in the fifth wicket. But then Bangladesh captain Mahfuzur Rahman Rabi’s left hand game started. Rabi sent back Utkarsh Srivastava for 37 runs, then sent back Amogh Arepalli (14), Parth Patel, Arin Nadkarni and Athindra Subramanian one by one. In the end, he sent Nadkarni and Subramanian back two balls in a row and raised the possibility of a hat-trick.