The Canadian development squad played their second match in the West Indies regional 50 over competition today, taking on Barbados. A patient 76 from Arslan Khan allowed them to post a total of 161 against a strong Barbados bowling attack. Barbados had little trouble knocking off the runs, with a useful contribution from Canadian Nicholas Kirton.
Canada won the toss and chose to bat. They were in early trouble, with both openers gone in the third over, one to a leg before decision and Pathan bowled trying for a big drive. Nitish Kumar was the next to go, edging a lifting delivery to the keeper- 15/3. Arslan Khan and Shahid Ahmadzai concentrated on survival, but Ahmadzai was caught behind for 6 (21) with the score 29/4 in the 15th over. Tathgur (5) helped Arslan Khan take the score to 50 before being caught in the deep. The 100 came up in the 36th over with 6 wickets down, and Arslan Khan brought up a patient fifty from 105 balls in the next over. He went on to 76 (125 balls) before he was dismissed. Kaleem Sana and Harmandeep Singh put on useful runs in the final overs as Canada were all out for 161 in the penultimate over.
Barbados got off to a quick start, bringing up the 50 in the 10th over without loss. The spinners slowed the scoring date, and then Shahid Ahmadzai broke the partnership, getting a favourable leg before decision. That brought in Canadian national team player Nicholas Kirton, representing Barbados in this tournament. He and Kjorn Ottley had little trouble steering Barbados to victory in 30 overs. Kirton finished with 54*, finishing the match with a six and a four. .