Canada loses to Namibia
Canada won the toss and chose to field. Namibia made a steady start and had 47 on the board before Dhaliwal broke the opening partnership. Namibia lost another wicket next ball but Craig Williams (82) supported by the middle order took Namibia towards a big total. Nikhil Dutta bowled well taking 2/23 from 10 overs, but a late charge led by Erasmus (66) took Namibia to 268/8 from 50 overs.
Gunasekera showed his intent with a six from his first ball, and another boundary from the first over. Srimantha Wijeratne, playing his first match of the tournament, was the first wicket to fall, caught for 8, but Nitish Kumar came in and also played aggressively, bringing up the half century in the 9th over. Kumar made 30 before he was caught behind – 72/2 after 14 overs. The scoring rate slowed in the middle overs but the hundred came up with no further loss in the 21st over. Gunasekera reached his fifty from 62 balls with his fourth six but was caught behind for 57 shortly afterwards – 113/3. Dhaliwal and Pathirana put up the 150 without further loss and with 10 overs to go Canada needed 87 to win. Dhaliwal was caught for 44, bringing in Hamza Tariq. Pathirana fell in the next over – 195/5. Heyliger hit two fours but then was run out. Hamza Tariq also found the ropes twice but was caught behind as the pressure mounted. The task proved too much for the 8th wicket pairing and Namibia won by 17 runs.
In other matches, UAE made just 159 but bowled out Oman for 113 for an easy win. Kenya made 177/8 and had Nepal in trouble at 82/5 before a good recovery saw them home by 3 wickets in the final over.
Canada and Nepal now have three wins and a loss, Namibia 2 wins and a loss, and UAE 2 wins and two losses. Namibia play Kenya on Tuesday; Canada play Nepal and Namibia UAE on Wednesday.