Canada beats UAE in WCL Division 2
Canada beat UAE in a thrilling match today, to top the WCL Division 2 table. Canada made just 209 from their fifty overs led by 62 from captain Nitish Kumar, but then bowled out UAE for 186, after they had reached 88 without losing a wicket.
UAE won the toss and put Canada in. Gunasekera made a fast start as usual, scoring 21 of a 23 run opening partnership before being bowled. Adhihetty (17) helped put up the half century with Nitish Kumar, and then Pathirana and Kumar had a good partnership of 64. Pathirana madee 36, but when he was caught Kirton (1) and Hamza Tariq (10) quickly followed to leave Canada at 144/5 after 33 overs. Kumar completed his half century from 75 balls but eventually was caught for 62, and Canada were bowled out for 209 in the final over.
UAE captain Rohan Mustafa retired hurt with the score on 21, but UAE took the score to 88 without losing a wicket. Canada got back into the game through Gunasekera and Dutta; Dutta broke the opening partnership, then Gunasekara took two wickets in consecutive balls – 89/3. Dutta struck again in the 25th over, and the match was well-balanced with UAE 102/4. The fifth wicket fell to Heyliger, then Dhindsa had Adnan Mufti caught behind; 159/6, 51 runs required from 60 balls. The match swung Canada’s way in the 43rd over, when Nitish Kumar had Ahmed Raza caught, then bowled Mohammed Naveed first ball – 166/8. Dhindsa took the 9th wicket but the match remained in the balance as Rohan Mustafa, returning from injury hit out. Cecil Pervez had him caught off a no-ball but then struck the final blow to give Canada a 23 run win. Kumar took 2/11, Gunasekera 2/29, Dutta 2/21, and Dhindsa 2/53. Nitish Kumar was named man of the match.
Canada now face Kenya on Sunday.
In other matches Nepal were bowled out by Oman for 138 who knocked off the runs in 35.1 overs with 6 wickets in hand, and the Namibia-Kenya match was abandoned due to a wet outfield; it will be re-played tomorrow.
ICC Media release
Canada finished day two of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 on top of the table after defeating the United Arab Emirates by 23 runs, as the battle for the top two spots for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Namibia intensified.
In the other day matches, Oman bounced back with a six wicket victory over Nepal as Namibia and Kenya’s match was abandoned due to a wet outfield.
Canada v UAE
Canada put on a promising second day performance scoring 209 in 49.2 overs and finished the day on top of the table after the second round of games. Nitish Kumar the standout performer for Canada scored 62 runs from 93 balls. Dhanuka Pathirana added 36 runs from 43 balls which took Canada took 209 runs. The UAE captain Rohan Mustafa took an impressive five for 34 runs from ten overs.
The UAE started off promisingly with Rohan Mustafa (37), Ashfaq Ahmed (42) and top scorer of the innings Ghulam Shabber (55) getting off to a flying start. With the team at 102-4 in a strong position, the Canadian bowlers soon started taking wickets with Satsimranjit Dhindsa (2-53), Nikhil Dutta (2-21), Ruvinda Gunasekera (2-29) and Nitish Kumar (2-11) sharing the wickets. UAE fell to 186 all out as Canada won by 23 runs and secured their position at the top of the table.
Nepal v Oman
Oman bounced back on day two with a six wicket victory over Nepal. Nepal batting first was overwhelmed by the Oman bowlers scoring 138 runs all out in 46 overs. Top scorers Sharad Vesawkar (22) and Dipendra Airee (20) were the stand out batsmen for Nepal. Oman bowler Kaleemullah took four wickets for 28 runs and led Oman to victory and their first win of the tournament.
With a low total to chase Oman’s Aqib Ilyas scoring 46 runs from 53 balls and Vaibhav Wategaonkar 37 runs not out put the Asian team in poll position. Scoring 139 in 35.1 overs Oman secured a six wicket victory. The stand out bowler for Nepal was once again Sandeep Lamichhane taking two wickets for 29 runs, but it wasn’t enough as Nepal suffered defeat.
Namibia v Kenya
Match abandoned due to wet outfield, the match will be played on 10 February.
Scores in brief
Canada beat UAE by 23 runs at Wanderers
Canada 209 all out, 49.2 overs (Nitish Kumar 62, D Pathirana 36; Rohan Mustafa 5-34)
UAE 186 all out 45 overs (Ghulam Shabber 55, Ashraf Ahmed 42; Nitish Kumar 2-11)
Oman beat Nepal by six wickets at WAP
Nepal 138 out all, 46 overs (S Vesawkar 22, D Airee 20; Kaleemullah 4-28)
Oman 139-4, 35.1 overs (Aqib Ilyas 46, V Wategaonkar 37 nout out; Sandeep Lamichhane 2-29)
Namibia v Kenya match abandoned
10 February: Kenya v Namibia (Trustco UNITED)
11 February: Namibia v Oman (Wanderers); Kenya v Canada (WAP); UAE v Nepal (Trustco UNITED)
12 February: Kenya v Nepal (Wanderers); UAE v Oman (WAP); Namibia v Canada (Trustco UNITED)
13 February: Rest/Reserve
14 February: Nepal v Canada (Wanderers); UAE v Namibia (WAP); Kenya v Oman (Trustco UNITED)
15 February: Final (Wanderers); 3rd v 4th Playoff (WAP); 5th v 6th Playoff (Trustco UNITED)