An underwhelming batting performance saw Canada out of the tournament with a loss to Namibia coupled with Italy defeated UAE on Saturday. Canada finish the first round with a match against Italy on Sunday.
Two teams who have had a disapointing run of form clash on Saturday with both teams precariously placed on the brink of elimination. Namibia can secure a spot in the second round and a grip on 4th place with a win while this is Canada's last gasp as a loss will put them out of the tournament.
UAE made it 3 T20's wins against Canada on the trot with an easy win on Friday. The loss has Canada on the ropes needing 2 wins from their last 2 and help from the top teams in the group to secure the fifth and final place in the group and new life in the next round. With weather also rearing its head as the tournament winds down, Canada need a lot of help to go through.
Canada looks to keep the momentum going on Friday as they take on hosts UAE in the 5th match of the World Twenty20 Qualification tournament in UAE.
After an 0-3 start, Canada rebounded with a convincing win against Uganda. With rain intervening on Thursday, teams were unable to separate themselves from the pack leaving Canada a golden opportunity to move into a qualification spot.
Canada has won its first match of the World Twenty 20 qualifier with a 44 run win over Uganda on Tuesday. Batting first, Canada were again in trouble with top order woes as Hamza Tariq and Ruvindu Gunasekera departed cheaply leaving Canada in a huge hole. Some cautious and responsible batting from Ashish Bagai (40) and 40 ball half century from red hot Jimmy Hansra (58*) saw Canada to a respectable total of 137-7 from 20 overs.
In reply, Uganda quickly found themselves 6 down for under 50 owing some smart bowling from Jeremy Gordon (2-9) and some sharp fielding effecting 3 run-outs. Despite a late charge, Uganda were all out for 93 in 17.2 overs.
Canada moves up the table with their first win and now take on hosts UAE on Friday.
Less than 24 hours after a shocking loss to Hong Kong, 0-3 Canada will look to get off the snide against Uganda on Tuesday. Canada are bottom of group A with losses to USA, Ireland and Hong Kong while Uganda stunned Italy with a one wicket win on Tuesday to capture their first win.
Canada's top order continues to struggle as Hiral Patel and Rizwan Cheema haven't yet hit stride but decent peformances from Bagai, Gunasekera and Hansra have kept opposition bowlers at bay. The bowlers have not yet taken 10 wickets in a match and will be looking to get on top of the Ugandan team early in the innings.
Canada's Henry Osinde and Kenneth Kamyuka are both born in Uganda.
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Hong Kong pulled of a comfortable 53-run victory over Canada in the 23rd match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday (November 18).
Ireland (2-0) squeaked out the tiniest of victories on Saturday defeating Canada (0-2) by 2 runs in the second match for each team at the World Twenty20 Quaifier in Abu Dhabi.
After winning the toss, Ashish Bagai tossed the Irish in to bat and quickly had them on the back foot as Junaid Siddiqui (1-30) and Harvir Baidwan (2-29) removed the openers leaving Ireland 29-2. The Irish experience prevailed though as O'Brien brothers carried them to 92-4. The introduction of Jimmy Hansra (2-24) saw to it that the O'briens departed in quick fashion. Still very much a contest, some late hitting from Trent Johnston (39*), Gary Wilson (20) and John Mooney (14*) accounted for 38 runs from the last 18 as Ireland reached 168-5 from their 20 overs. The late flourish undid some great work by Canada's bowlers.
Canada's chase started in disaster as Hiral Patel and Rizwan Cheema both were trapped for golden ducks leaving Canada reeling for 0-2. Much like they did in 2010 in Toronto however, Ashish Bagai (67*) and Ruvindu Gunasekera (65) took the fight to the Irish putting on a remarkable 125 for the 3rd wicket hauling Canada right into the game. The highest T20i scores for both men could not have come at a better time as Canada chipped away at the large total with relative ease. With Gunaskera gone trying to make hay, Hansra (22*) joined Bagai and the two kept the score ticking over. With 14 required off the last over, Hansra smashed a six bringing the equation to 5 off 2 but it was a bit too much as Canada fell by 2 runs.
A spiritied peformance against the tournaments top side will be a boost to Canada but at 0-2 there is a lot to do to make it into the next round. Like Canada, the proverbial '6' continue to struggle as only the Irish remain undefeated. Afghanistan, the other side already qualified for the 50 over CWC, are 1-1 joined by Netherlands. Canada, Scotland and Kenya are all 0-2 and will be looking for a big week after the break. Papua New Guinea, Bermuda and Nepal, coached by Canadian Pubudu Dassanayake, are all 2-0 and making noise in group B.
Canada's next match is Monday against Hong Kong (2-0)
A lacklustre effort against the United States on Friday see Canada head into Sunday's match against favorites Ireland looking for a much needed win. On Friday, Canada failed to defend a paltry target of 137 as the USA snuck by with a ball to spare. Ireland on the other hand were clincial in disposing of Namibia and they will look to retain their hold on the top of Group A.
The match can be see live here
A lacklustre effort on either side of the ball has left Canada in a deep hole at the World Twenty20 qualifier in Abu Dhabi today. Batting first and putting up a small total of 137-6, Canada were forced to defend hard but could not pick up enough wickets to stunt the USA charge. Defending 24 off the last 2 overs, the USA chipped away at the total to win the game with one ball to spare.
Canada take on Ireland tomorrow.
Canada’s plays its first match of the World Twenty20 Qualifier Friday against the United States of America in Abu Dhabi.
The North American rivals lock horns in the tournament opener for both teams as they look to get off to a winning start. Both teams split their warm up matches with Canada defeating Afghanistan before losing to Bermuda while the USA lost to Scotland before beating Nepal.
The two sides last played during the Teacher’s Auty Cup T20 Series in Toronto with Canada winning both T20’s handily. Ruvindu Gunaskera was the inform batsmen for Canada scoring 131 runs in the two innings.
The match can watched live in Canada on Sportsnet.ca and begins at 0500 Eastern Time.
Tale of the Tape :
CANADA : WWLWL
USA : LW
- Canada are 7-7-0 all time in the WT20 qualifiers but have never qualified for the big event. The best finish was 5th in 2008.
- USA are 3-9-0 all time with a best finish of 6th in 2010. USA have also not qualified for the big event.
- Ashish Bagai tops Canada's batting averages in T20 with 27.70 at 98.1 slightly ahead of Ruvindu Gunasekera's 26.2 at 112.3. Gunasekera is also Canada's leading run getter in the format at 602 from 23 innings.
- Harvir Baidwan is Canada's leading T20 wicket taker with 32 from 28 games with Rizwan Cheema close behind at 27 from 34.
- Steven Taylor with 179 runs at 19.9 is the USA's highest run scorer in T20 while Muhammed Ghous
USA Probable : Neil McGarrell (Captain), Adam Sanford,Akeem Dodson,Barrington Bartley,Danial Ahmed,Elmore Hutchinson,Fahad Babar,Japen Patel,Karan Ganesh,Muhammad Ghous,Orlando Baker
Canada's second and final warmup match of the World T20 Qualiifiers ended in a shocking defeat as Bermuda chased down Canada's target of 182 with 3 wickets to spare on the last ball of the innings.
Batting first behind a swashbuckling 60 (50 balls) from HIral Patel and 28 (13 balls) from Ruvindu Gunaskera, Canada raced to 30-1 inside 3 overs. The pace didn't slow as Ashish Bagai (47) put on 134 with Patel for the second wicket taking the score to 167-3 before Canada ran out of balls at 182-5 from 20 overs.
Bermuda were in trouble at 46-3 but recovered behind some stellar middle order batting to get close. With 19 required off the last over, Kwame Tucker and Kamau Leverock took their side over the line with some clean hitting and a bit of good fortune to shock the Canadians.
The tournament opens Friday with Canada taking on USA.