Canada lost to Hong Kong in their fourth match at the WC T20 qualifier today, falling well short of a 151 run target. Canada had won their first three matches but now fall to second place in their group on net run rate. They play Oman, now in 1st place, in their next match.
Hong Kong batted first after winning the toss. They got off to a fast start but then three wickets in 7 balls slowed their progress - Jeremy Gordon made the initial breakthrough, then Saad Bin Zafar had Aizaz Khan caught, and captain Navneet Dhaliwal ran out Ahsan Abbasi. After 10 overs, Hong Kong were 58/3. Nitish Kumar broke the 4th wicket partnership, taking 1/18 in four overs as Canada's spinners bowled tightly in the middle overs. Man of the match Kinchit Shah (59*) hit well, and Canada needed 151 to win.
Canada lost both openers for 17 runs when they started their reply, and struggled against tight bowling and fielding falling well behind the required run rate. Seven batsman got to double figures but the top score was 20 from Rizwan Cheema as Canada lost by 32 runs.
Canada beat Nigeria by 50 runs in their second match of the ICC WC T20 qualifier today in Abu Dhabi. Canada now top their group on net run rate and are the only unbeaten team. Nitish Kumar and Hamza Tariq srarrted with the bat, and Dillon Heyliger took three wickets.
Canada batted first, and found scoring difficult against a disciplined Nigerian attack and with a big playing surface making boundaries challenging. A number of bats got a start but only Nitish Kumar (57*) built a decent innings. Canada were 112/6 in the 17th over, but then Hamza Tariq slammed 33 from 16 balls to take them to a decent total of 159/7.
Dillon Heyliger and Jeremy Gordon unsettled the Nigerian openers with some genuine pace, with Heyliger taking two wickets to good catches in the deep. The Canadian spinners took control in the middle overs (Saad Bin Zafar with 2 wickets) and helped by a sharp run out, Nigeria lost wickets and fell well behind the run rate. They batted out their overs, making 109/8.
Gordon bowled his 4 overs for just 12 runs, Saad bin Zafar took 2/25, and Heyliger, with another wicket in the last over, took 3/16.
Canada got their tournament off to an excellent start with a 53 run win over Jersey. Rodrigo Thomas and Navneet Dhaliwal put on 50 for the first wicket but then Nitish Kumar took over with a powerful innings of 83 from just 36 balls. He hit six sixes and four fours. Canada made 176/5 from their 20 overs. The Canadian pacers had Jersey on the back foot from the start, Jeremy Gordon taking a wicket with his second ball, and Dillon Heyliger taking two wickets as Jersey fell to 37/3. The spinners took over, restricting the run rate in the middle overs, and then Jeremy Gordon finished off the innings, Jersey bowled out for 123 in 17 overs. Gordon took 3/14 and Heyliger 3/20.
Canada's preparations for the upcoming WC T20 qualifying tournament continued werll today as they beat Kenya in Dubai. Canada batted first and put 191 for 8 on the board, Nicholas Kirton top-scoring with 61, and Navneet Dhaliwal making 46.
Canada used eight bowlers in all, Jeremy Gordon leading the way with 3/27, as the Kenyans were restricted to 165/8, giving Canada a 26 run win.
The tournament proper starts on Thursday, but Canada will wait until Sunday for their first match, taking on Jersey.
This year's Global T20 features higher Canadian participation and this was demonstrated in the opening match between last year's champions, the Vancouver Knights, and the Toronto Nationals. Much of the attention was on the superstars- Yurav Singh, Brendon McCallum, Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard but Canadian players played a major part in the match.
Rodrigo Thomas was joint top-scorer for the Toronto squad with 41, and Rizwan Cheema had Yurav Singh stumped in his only over. Saad Bin Zafar took 2/7 in two overs, as the Nationals made 159/5.
Another high profile player fell to a Canadian bowler, as Mark Montford bowled Chris Gayle- Toronto's bowling attack featured three Canadians in the first four bowlers used - Montford, Jeremy Gordon and Salman Nazar. However the honours went to New Zealander Walton and south African van der Dussen who put on 126 to earn the Knights an 8 wicket win.
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