Canada had a big win over Ireland in their third match of the ICC WC T20 qualifier today to remain unbeaten. This was their first victory over a full member nation since 2003.
Canada won the toss and chose to bat. Rizwan Cheema, playing his first game of the tournament was bowled with the score on 13, but Navneet Dhaliwal and Nitish Kumar put together a good partnership. After 10 overs, Canada were 72/1. Dhaliwal reached his half century from just 37 balls. A reverse sweep from Kumar brought up the century partnership from 67 balls with 6 overs to go. Dhaliwal was finally caught in the deep for 69 from 51 balls. Kumar reached his third consecutive fifty from 34 balls, but was caught in the deep from the next ball. Hamza Tariq fell first ball, but Ravinderpaul Singh and Dillon Heyliger took Canada to 156/5 from their 20 overs.
Ireland fought hard against good Canadian bowling, and fell just 10 runs short. Needing 27 from the last two overs, Gordon and Heyliger bowled well at the death for the win. Earlier Saad Bin Zafar and Eranga each took 2 wickets, and Nikhil Dutta bowled 3 overs for just 12 runs, taking a wicket. Nitisgh Kumar added a catch and an outstanding run-out to his half century and was named man of the match.
Canada's next match is against Hong Kong tomorrow.