By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

o reach 5,000 for his career. Backfield mate Jalin Moore has run for 1,376 yards.Tol | Forum

Topic location: Forum home » General » General Chat
jcy123 Feb 11
Lost in the brilliance of Steven Taylors thumping century and another five-wicket haul for Timil Patel in USAs eight-wicket win over Oman was a performance that might not have been as statistically impressive but no doubt had an inspirational impact on the hosts. . Its not often that a player is picked to make his debut when practically half-fit, especially when the injury in question is a hamstring strain for a fast bowler.But Ali Khans skills with the new ball are rated so highly by USA coach Pubudu Dassanayake that it was deemed worth a gamble to pick him for the first time. It paid off handsomely. Khan took the big scalp of Zeeshan Maqsood in the first over, then claimed one more to finish with 2 for 27 in six overs. Dassanayake told ESPNcricinfo after the win that USA knew going into the game that Khan would only be able to bowl one spell, but it was worth the risk in USAs biggest match of WCL Division Four and the win put USA in the drivers seat for a promotion spot.It was a tough decision for us because Jessy [Singh] was really performing well and all our fast bowlers are doing well but when you compare Ali, Ali is in a different level, Dassanayake said. He has that pace, he has that swing; especially against left-handers he bowls very well. The last two games we didnt pick up enough wickets early and so we were looking for that.Once he said that even with a shortened run-up he can come and bowl, we were okay for that because the swing that he has normally with the new ball definitely is going to bring wickets. We are not even worrying about him to bowl a second spell. Its just about the six or seven overs with the new ball and get a couple of early wickets so were gonna keep doing that.Dassanayake says what cemented his call to play Khan was his performance in a training session in the lead-up to the game where he continuously troubled USAs opening combo of Fahad Babar and Steven Taylor. Despite bowling off a shortened run-up and not at full pace, his swing was a valuable commodity that made him a must have in the line-up.We had one practice session just before the tournament where Steven was batting early in that session and Ali came and bowled some brilliant balls for the left-hander, Dassanayake said. So thats the time we thought he can do the job even with a short run-up. Doctors and the physios are working behind the scenes to get him in whatever best fit.I think he is one of the most valuable players that we have. I have to be careful that we dont hurt him for the future but weve just got to manage to get through this tournament with him if hes willing to take that pain and play the next few games.It wasnt just Khans bowling that uplifted the team. After his six overs, he remained on the field for the entire innings rather than coming off. Though he dropped two catches, he is regarded as one of USAs better fielders. Khan said after the game that he wanted to show his USA team-mates that he had their back in the field after they supported him coming into the XI and that he wasnt going to slump off the field after bowling his spell.Dassanayake says Khan is continuously being monitored but at the moment his hamstring injury hasnt become any worse. The plan is for Khan to play against Denmark because if USA wins it will clinch their promotion into Division Three, allowing him to sit out the last two games. Dassanayake, though, doesnt want to push Khan too hard and risk injuring him more severely and hurt his chances in the future, particularly since he is contracted with Guyana Amazon Warriors in the CPL as well.I think we still need one more win and I know that Denmark also has left-handers in the top of the order, Dassanayake said. Those are kind of gambles. I think we are playing with his fitness. We dont want to hurt him too much but then still we need to manage and also he is a very strong character.He wants to perform for the team. He knows how important his role is for the team so I think overall everybody is putting in that effort and Im very happy how things are moving. .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have placed centre Cody Hodgson on injured reserve and recalled two players from their AHL affiliate in Rochester. . Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., team took control of the game early. . 4 Villanova with a 96-68 drubbing on Monday. Wragge hit 9-of-14 from behind the arc, matching Kyle Korvers school record for 3-pointers in a game set in 2003, as Creighton (16-3, 6-1 Big East broke a conference record with 21 treys in the rout. Appalachian State (9-3, Sun Belt) vs Toledo (9-3, Mid-American), Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m. ESTLOCATION: Montgomery, Alabama.TOP PLAYERSAppalachian State: RB Marcus Cox has 872 rushing yards in eight games and needs 40 to reach 5,000 for his career. Backfield mate Jalin Moore has run for 1,376 yards.Toledo: RB Kareem Hunt has run for 1,355 yards and caught 39 passes. Has 4,825 career yards.NOTABLEAppalachian State: Beat Ohio 31-29 on Zach Matics field goal as time expired in last years Camellia Bowl.Toledo: First-year head coach Jasson Candle led team to second-place Western Division finish behind unbeaten Western Michigan. .LAST TIMEFirst meeting.BOWL HISTORYAppalachian State: Former FCS power was eligible for a bowl for the first time last season. Allowed just 94 points in eight Sun Belt games.Toledo: Third straight bowl appearance, 10-5 all-time.---Online:AP College Football website: Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Hockey Jerseys China Nike Baseball Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys China Cheap Football Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys Canada Wholesale Nike MLB Jerseys Canada Cheap NBA Jerseys Authentic Canada Stitched Soccer Jerseys Canada Cheap Jerseys Canada NFL ' ' '