Canada thump Argentina by nine wickets; USA continue their unbeaten run
USA team celebrate a wicket © USA Cricket
The USA won their fourth consecutive match of the ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifiers when they beat Brazil at the Reforma Athletic Club in Naucalpan on Friday (October 22), while Canada thrashed Argentina by nine wickets in the first match of the day.
In the first match of the day, Canada won the toss and invited Argentina to bat first. After a sedate start in the power play, Argentina lost their captain Veronica Vasquez in the sixth over. Three run-outs and Mukhwinder Gill’s two wickets reduced them to 59 for nine in the first innings.
Chasing a moderate target of 60 for their second win at the tournament, Canada started well as openers Kamna Mirchandani and Divya Saxena put on a 47-run partnership. Mirchandani was dismissed by Alison Stocks in the 10th over but that didn’t stop Saxena. After missing out in the match against Brazil, the 20-year-old scored a run-a-ball 39 to take Canada to an easy win.
Meanwhile, Brazil challenged the unbeaten USA from the very first ball as Nicole Monteiro trapped Shebani Bhaskar for a duck. Anika Kolan (21) and Gargi Bhogle (26) steadied the ship from there. Some late hitting by Tara Norris propelled them to 89 for six by the end of the innings.
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For Brazil, Laura Cardoso took three wickets and she was supported by Monteiro and Lara Moises with one wicket apiece.
In reply, Brazil could only manage to score 11 runs and lost three wickets in the power play. Sara Farooq took three wickets for just eight runs to break the back of the chase. Daniella Staddon scored unbeaten 11 including the sole boundary of their innings, but it was not enough as Brazil could only score 49 runs in 20 runs.
For the USA, while Farooq was the most successful bowler, Norris once again was impressive with two wickets to her name.
Argentina: 59/9 in 20 overs (Alison Stocks 18, Lucia Taylor 11; Mukhwinder Gill 2/6) lost to Canada: 60/1 in 10.4 overs (Divya Saxena 39*, Kamna Mirchandani 11; Alison Stocks 1/15) by nine wickets
USA: 89/6 in 20 overs (Gargi Bhogle 26, Anika Kolan 21; Laura Cardoso 3/24) beat Brazil: 47/9 in 20 overs (Roberta Avery 12, Daniella Staddon 11; Sara Farooq 3/8) by 42 runs