|Scorecard:||United States of America v Suriname|
|Player:||SS Nadkarni, SJ Massiah, T Allen, DS Sewanan, AK Gokoel, S Oemraw|
On their debut at Division 1 level, Suriname unfortunately walked into a juggernaut on the day that was opening bat Sushil Nadkarni, whose scintillating 197 came off 132 balls, with 22 fours and 9 sixes propelling USA to a mammoth 353 for 9. Steve Massiah made 62 off 53 balls and Carl Wright chipped in with 39. Mention must be made of Sanjai Oemraw, amidst the USA onslaught, bowled superbly to record figures of 2 for 37 in 10 overs. The baton was then passed on to the bowlers, and particularly Timroy Allen in outstanding form, with 5 for 7 in 5 overs as Suriname were dismissed for a mere 60 run total and a 297 victory. Best of the rest of the USA bowlers was Orlando Baker, with 2 for 24.
USA team manager, Imran Khan, was pleased with the winning start, but warned that challenges still lay ahead: We played very well today and executed our strategy to perfection. Sushil (Nadkarni) played an outstanding innings that set the tone for the match. Still, it is a given we have to improve with every match, and we need to continue to raise our game and come at the opposition hard as we did today.
Cyrill Bonar, Suriname team manager, was disappointed that his team did not at least meet their own standards in the field against strong opposition: Our bowling was poor, and the fielding below our normal standard, and for that we have no excuse, but in batting we struggled to cope with the wicket, which was something new to us. We definitely remain optimistic that if we can play to the standards we know we are capable, we will be more competitive in the games to come.
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