Canada played their third match of Super 50 against Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) on Sunday. The red army continued their losing streak but again got decent exposure, learning and valuable experience against a very quality opponent. T&T team featured their experienced stars Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, and Sunil Narine in a strong line-up.
While most would expect these to be a one-sided encounter, it turned out to be another close game, where team fought hard right till the end claiming T&T’s 8 wickets. Canada will need to quickly find ways to close games, something that comes with exposure and playing against quality opponents of T&T’s caliber.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat first, against the mighty bowling attack a lot of character was shown by batters. Every batsman contributed and took the team to a respectable total of 207 runs. Opener Navnit Dhaliwal continued his purple patch scoring 32 runs in 26 balls maintaining a good strike-rate of 123.07. Skipper Davy Jacobs found form and top scored with 37 runs. Bhavindu Adhihetty, who is touted as the next big thing in Canadian cricket by pundits also played an important innings of 32 runs.
With a decent batting line up as T&T, most would have thought 207 would be a cake walk, but the red army put a spirited bowling performance. They bagged the first wicket at the score of just seven runs. The next two wickets also fell quickly at the scores of 35 and 57. Salman Nazar was the top performer in the second innings taking two wickets with an economy of 5.42. Some quality batting from Nicholas Pooran and Kyle Hope ensured the match went in T&T’s favor, not before using 40.4 overs at the loss of 8 wickets. Losing again with such small margins, boys should not be bogged down and if such efforts continue, results are just a matter of time. Canada plays Guyana tomorrow Tuesday-Oct 8th at 2pm EST
Story Credits: Swapnil Thakare