United States of America (USA) are currently taking on Netherlands in the the 9th match of the ongoing ICC World Cup Qualifiers in Harare at Zimbabwe. Asked to bat first, the USA posted a total of just 211 runs on the board as they struggled to get going.
Pacer Ali Khan has made a return to the USA in this game after serving his ban. He didn’t take much time to make an impact as he struck in the 4th over and drew the first blood for his team in the all-important game. The lanky pacer sent Vikramjit Singh packing for 8 runs.
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But what caught the attention of many was his celebration after he picked the wicket. Ali Khan took the tape from his pocket and applied it to his mouth following the dismissal. To the referral, he was banned after getting engaged in a heated spat with the batter in one of the games, so considering that he brought out this celebration.
WATCH- USA’s Ali Khan Tapes His Mouth
Ali Khan breached Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel during the USA’s game against Jersey in the ICC ODI qualifiers playoffs match when he gave a send-off to batters after he picked wickets.
Ali Khan was fined 15% of his match fees and was given 1 demerit point as well. He already had 3 demerit points to his name ahead of that game. The total of 4 demerit points led to his suspension for two games. He notably, registered the best figure by an associate bowler in that match as he returned with the figures of 7/32.
ICC World Cup 2023: Shayan Jahangir’s valiant knock of 71 runs powers USA to 211 runs
Asked to bat first, the USA came under tremendous pressure as they lost 6 wickets for just 88 runs. But after that Shayan Jahangir took the responsibility and bailed his team out of trouble. He played a valiant knock of 71 runs with the help of 5 fours and 2 sixes.
Shayan Jahangir was complimented well by Gajanand Singh (33) and Jessy Singh (38). The vital contributions from the lower order powered the USA to the fighting total of 211 runs, which at one moment seemed impossible.