Nepal skipper Paras Khadka said his side was helpless after opener Steven Taylor ran riot with his blazing 162 in USA’s 94-run victory in their opening match of the ICC World Cricket League Division-III opener at the Somerset Cricket Club grounds in Bermuda.
After Taylor hammered 162 runs off just 101 runs, USA piled a huge 366-6 after Paras elected to bat first. Nepal then went on to lose the match by 94 runs after being bowled out for 272 with one ball to spare.
“As a team, maybe we gave 40 runs more to USA. If it had been 300 or 330, maybe it would have been at par. But when a guy gets 162, it’s just one of those days when you cannot do anything,” Paras told the International Cricket Council after the match.
“We were disappointed. Maybe a bigger ground would have made a difference, but Taylor batted extremely well, and I think that is one of the best innings we’ve encountered as a team,” said the dejected Nepali skipper.
Taylor had torn apart Nepali attack smashing 12 sixes and 12 boundaries at the Somerset grounds. Nepal managed to get rid of Taylor but another batsman Timroy Allen smashed 67 off 34 to give USA a solid total.
“The bowlers had a really tough time, from both the teams. But this is the start of the tournament, so we need to take all the positives and move ahead. In the World Cricket League, every match is equally important, and you cannot make excuses. You’ve got to adapt and adjust your game accordingly, and your focus has got to be there,” he said.
USA skipper Steve Massiah was elated with the result: “We are very pleased with the performance. I thought that it was important that, playing against Nepal who we’ve had many close encounters with over the years and we’ve shared matches with – it’s good to come away with a win. Moving forward, it’s important that we continue the momentum.”
“Initially we didn’t plan to make 366, but we’ll take it! I thought it was an incredible performance by young Steven Taylor to score 162. That was amazing batting, and it’s not batting that you see every day, so with that and some other brilliant performances, everyone chipping in, it just goes to show the depth of our team,” he continued.
Man of the Match Taylor, who became the first USA batsman to score a century in Twenty20 cricket at the ICC Americas Division 1 Championship earlier this year, was pleased that his performance could help his team to victory over the team that beat it in Division 4: “It was really fun, because after playing against these guys in Malaysia in Division 4 last year, it felt good to come back and give them a real hitting. They beat us twice in Malaysia.”