It was déjà vu on Saturday for Suriname and Bermuda as the South American team repeated its 2013 upset of the island nation, beating them by seven wickets at the Indianapolis World Sports Park.
Bermuda elected to bat and after losing Dion Stovell in the second over for 2, were stabilised by David Hemp and Tre Manders, the two adding 52 runs for the second wicket. However, Bermuda's scoring rate was slow and not a single batsman had a strike rate above 100.00, the team finally ending its innings on 99 for 7.
Bermuda's modest pace was dented by Muneshwar Patandin who had Hemp stumped for 28 by wicketkeeper Khemraj Jaikaran standing up to the stumps for the medium pacer. Two balls later, Manders was caught by Troy Dudnath for 21 off Patandin. Bermuda had trouble re-establishing momentum. The only other batsman to cross double-figures was Jacobi Robinson, who made unbeaten 14 from No. 8.
Wasim Akram was the main destroyer taking 3 for 15 with his spin to peg back the middle order. Akram then came out at the start of the chase with Patandin and added 60 for the first wicket to squash any chance of a Bermuda comeback.
Janeiro Tucker had a hand in all three wickets for Bermuda, getting Patandin caught for 21 in the 12th before he ran out Akram from mid-on in the 13th for 39. One over later he had Gavin Singh out bowled for a two-ball duck. Suriname were 68 for 3 but held their nerve to get across the line with an over to spare.
With scores level, captain Mohindra Boodram secured Suriname win with a towering six down the ground off the last ball of the 19th. Boodram finished 26 not out and added an unbeaten 35 for the fourth wicket with Shazam Ramjohn.
Both teams ended the week at 1-5 but Suriname was set to be relegated back to Americas Division Two due to a vastly inferior run rate.