Canada rebounded after a shaky start against Netherlands to notch their first win of the qualifiers, holding on to beat Papua New Guinea by six runs at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai.
Canada raced away to 38 from the first 3.3 overs, but were slowly pegged back by some economical bowling from Mahuru Dai and Hitolo Areni, who both finished with 1 for 27 from their four overs. Nitish Kumar anchored Canada's innings with 57 from 44 balls while Hiral Patel chipped in with 34. Canada reached 167-5 with other contributions coming from Jimmy Hansra (22), Ruvindu Gunasekera (17) and Rizwan Cheema (17).
PNG got off to a steady start in their chase, led by opener Asad Vala, who made 52. Gerraint Jones provided a useful 39 and PNG took advantage of the absence of Harvir Baidwan with the ball. Despite being one bowler short, Canada kept the asking rate climbing and even with PNG scoring 50 in the last 5 overs the match was just out of reach. Hansra, Patel and Junaid Siddiqui picked up 1 wicket each.
Canada take on Hong Kong tomorrow.