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While You Were Asleep: Pujara steers Sussex to four-wicket win over Durham, Ireland win T20I series vs Afghanistan, USA pip Scotland by 2 wickets

Pujara remained unbeaten on 49 as Sussex defeated Durham by four wickets. Ireland clinched a 3-2 win against Afghanistan in the five-match T2OI series. USA defeated Scotland by 2 wickets in ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2.

(L-R), Cheteshwar Pujara remained unbeaten on 49 against Durham; Ireland clinched the T20I series against Afghanistan; Malhotra smashed 36 not out off 25 balls to guide USA to a two-wicket win over Scotland. (Twitter - Cheteshwar Pujara | Cricket Ireland | Cricket USA)

Sussex were in spot of bother after losing quick wickets while chasing 230 against Durham, but their skipper Cheteshwar Pujara (49 not of 68b; 2×4) held the fort at one end and steered his side to a four-wicket win at Chester-le-Street.

Pujara has been in red-hot form for Sussex, the right-handed batter has already mustered 406 runs in six List A matches in the ongoing Royal One Day Cup. The Indian batter has scored two centuries, including his career-best 174 against Surrey.

The Sussex were able to restrict Durham to 228 for eight from their 50 overs courtesy of three wickets from James Coles, while Aristides Karvelas and Bradley Currie claimed two wickets. Graham Clark top-scored for the hosts with 69.

Sussex made a composed start as Ali Orr provided the platform with a knock of 60, but regular wickets for the home side made life interesting as the South-Coast outfit wobbled during the latter stages of the chase.

However, Pujara held his patience with an unbeaten 49 before Coles knocked off the winning runs with a drive down the ground.

Ireland vs Afghanistan

Mark Adair (3/16) starred for Irealand as they clinched the home side clinched a 3-2 series win against Afghanistan in a rain-affected fifth and final T20I.

Ireland won the match by seven wickets after reaching a reduced target of 56 with two balls of their seven allotted overs to spare.

Having won the toss and put Afghanistan in, Ireland got off to a good start when Mark Adair removed openers Hazratullah Zazai, who had dispatched the two previous balls to the boundary, and Rahmanullah Gurbaz in his first over.

At one stage, Adair reduced the tourists to 26 for three inside four overs.


Usman Ghani steadied the ship, but Josh Little had Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi caught behind by Lorcan Tucker off successive deliveries in his second spell, but with Ghani unbeaten on 44 and his side having reached 95 for five from 15 overs, rain intervened.

In reply, Paul Stirling needed just five runs to reach 3,000 in T20 internationals as Ireland’s reply got under way, and he made it within three balls, cutting Naveen ul Haq for four off the first and taking a single from the third.

Andrew Balbirnie was trapped in front for nine attempting to sweep Mujeeb Ur Rahman with the score on 17, Mujeeb had Stirling caught at deep midwicket for 16 to give his side hope, and Tucker soon followed for 14.

However, Harry Tector and Dockrell saw their side home for the loss of three wickets.

Scotland vs USA


Jaskaran Malhotra (36 off 25b; 4×4, 1 x6) smashed 22 off the final 8 deliveries to get USA over the line by just 2 wickets in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 at Aberdeen.

It is USA’s most significant win in their ODI history.

After being put into bat, Scotland scored 249 for 8 in 50 overs. Calum MacLeod (133) was the top scorer for the home side. For USA, Ian Holland (3/28), Steven Taylor (2/51), and Saurabh Netravalkar (2/54) shared the spoils.

In reply, the USA chased down the target with a ball to spare, courtesy of Malhotra’s heroics.

Needing 15 off the final over, Jaskaran Malhotra hits Safyaan Sharif for 6, dot, 4, 4 to level the scores, then 1 to win it.

Skipper Monak Patel (50), Aaron James (62) and Gajanand Singh (33) also made valuable contributions for the USA.

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For Scotland, Gavin Main (2/44), Hamza Tahir (2/37), and Michael Leask (2/61) chipped in with two wickets each.

First published on: 18-08-2022 at 07:56:52 am
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