Tue, 08/09/2011

Canada will not participate in the u19 Cricket World Cup in 2012 after losing a must win final game against Afghanistan. Being put in to bat, Canada crumbled for 71 runs and took only 2 wickets as Afghanistan chased the target down with little difficulty. 

In Toronto, Canada dropped the second of two ODI's to Afghanistan as they failed to chase down 150 in a rain hit 20 over match. Hiral Patel (45) top scored for Canada who were ahead of the chase all the way but lost regular wickets down the stretch and were unable to finish.

 

CANADA U19 VS. AFGHANISTAN U19

CANADA VS. AFGHANISTAN 2ND ODI

Sun, 08/07/2011

Canada has stayed alive in the 2011 ICC u19 CWC Qualifier by defeated USA handily by 5 wickets. 

Canada had a good start to the day today bowling USA out for 101 on the strength of a 6 for 32 from Manny Aulakh. 

Canada, lost a few wickets early on, but Rayyan Pathan (42) held the innings together to fashion a five-wicket win. With this win, Canada kept its hopes of playing in Australia alive.

Aulakh’s spell helped him walk away with the Man of the Match award: “There was something in the pitch for the quick bowlers. We had a plan to bowl in good areas and it worked. We stuck to the basics and they (USA) made a few mistakes. This was one of my best spells. This win will give us a huge boost. Everybody is now positive and want to end this tournament on a high.’’  

Canada faces a must win against AFghanistan on Tuesday. The winner will move on to Australia, the loser more than likely will go home. 

Today's win avenged the loss in the ICC America's Division One u19 final which Canada lost narrowly to USA in January. 

CRICINFO SCORECARD

 

 

Points table:

 

TEAM

P

W

T

NR

L

PTS

NRR

Scotland

8

7

0

0

1

14

+0.715

Nepal

8

6

0

0

2

12

+0.777

Ireland

7

5

0

0

2

10

+1.006

Afghanistan

8

4

0

0

4

8

+0.357

USA

8

4

0

0

4

8

+0.158

PNG

8

4

0

0

4

8

+0.072

Canada

8

4

0

0

4

8

-0.002

Namibia

7

3

0

0

4

6

+0.341

Kenya

8

2

0

0

6

4

-0.631

Vanuatu

8

0

0

0

8

0

-3.031

 

Sun, 08/07/2011

Afghanistan has struck first in the 2 match ODI series against Canada winning by 2 wickets in a rain affected match at King City. 

Canada rebounded well in a format of the game that suits them as Ruvindu Gunasekera (74) and Hiral Patel (62) put on 72 runs in a mere 9 overs for the first wicket before Gunasekera fell. From there Canada were unable to build solid partnerships as like the Intercontinental Cup match, they were undone by poor shot selection. 

Rizwan Cheema entertained the crowd in the middle order with his 35 but no other batsmen could stay long enough to get a substantive total. Where 280 was probably a par score for this wicket, Canada collasped to 230. 

The reply got off to an uneven start for Canada as they lost opening bowler Henry Osinde after he took an early wicket to reduce Afghanistan to 7-1. Rizwan Cheema finished his over with a wicket to reduce the Afghans to 11-2. 

From then on it was an exercise in mediocrity for Canada with the ball and in the field allowing Afghanistan to ease the pressure and build a partnership. While rain interupted their charge, Afghanistan were in control until Canada staged a miracle fightback taking 4 wickets in 2 overs to give Canada a fightlng chance. 

Canada and Afghanistan clash on Tuesdsay at Toronto Cricket Club. Fans are reminded that there is limited parking at the club and to use public transit to get to the game. 

 

CRICINFO SCORECARD

 

 

Sat, 08/06/2011

Canada will need wins in both their final games to sneak into the 2012 u19 Cricket World Cup after a devasting loss to Papua New Guinea on Saturday.  Should things not go their way in the final two matches, Canada will look back at today's game as well as the game against Kenya as ones that got away when they shouldnt have.

Despite losing the toss, Canada's openers raced out to a good start, putting on 49 runs in 8 overs for the opening wicket. From there it was the Nitish Kumar show as the stylish batsmen, coming in at 3, put up a tournament best 150, to pace Canada to 261. Despite the good start, the tail did not wag as hoped and Canada were a few runs short.

While nobody after Kumar reached double figures, Canada were well positioned when the bowlers raced out quickly, picking up 3 quick wickets as PNG are 13-3 in 3 overs. From there it was all Christopher Kent as he managed the strike beautifully, protecting his lesser partners when he needed to and letting them have a go when they could. The drama raged until the final over where Kent remarkably stood on the non-strikers end whe nthe winning runs were hit.

Canada's equation is simple, win against both the USA and Afghanistan and they should qualify. Scotland and hosts Ireland are through as well as Nepal, where Vanuatu and Kenya are out. Three spot, 5 teams, 2 will go home devastated.

CRICINFO SCORECARD

Fri, 08/05/2011

Canada put i their worst batting performance of the tournament losing to Ireland u19 by 5 wickets. Canada were bowled out for 37 and fought hard to take 5 Irish wickets.
CRICINFO SCORECARD

Fri, 08/05/2011

Afghanistan closed out their one-sided Intercontinental Cup match against Canada in King City, winning by nine wickets despite losing the entire second day to rain. Having begun the final day on 176 for 7, Harvir Baidwan and Khurram Chohan added 52 for the seventh wicket before Chohan was caught behind for 24 off Mohammad Nabi. The innings folded three runs later for 231, with Baidwan, who made a painstaking 50 from 151 balls, last out, giving Canada a lead of 68.

Led by Karim Sadiq's run-a-ball 37, Afghanistan chased the target down in just 11.3 overs for the loss of Noor Ali Zadran's wicket. Hamid Hassan picked up three more wickets in Canada's second innings, giving him match figures of 10 for 85 and earning him Man-of-the-Match honours.

CRICINFO SCORECARD

Thu, 08/04/2011

esuming at 21-4 over night, Canada would have hoped for a positive start to day 3 after day 2 was washed out. Unfortunately for Canada it was not to be as nightwatchman Harvir Baidwan (8) fell after a 23 run partnership with Zeeshan Siddiqui. 

 

Siddiqui on debut seemed unperturbed by what was happening around him and continued to shine on debut reaching his half century and giving the smattering of Canadian fans around the ground. 

 

While Siddiqui (52) and Henry Osinde (14) were still at the crease there was a chance that Canada could avoid a follow-on but as Siddiqui departed, Osinde soon followed and Canada were all out for 130. 

 

Being asked to follow on did seem to fire up the Canadian batsmen as they came out blazing at almost 6 runs per over, however wickets continued to tumble and Canada were struggling at 52-4. A partnership between Siddiqui (23) and Zubin Surkari (35) seemed to hold off the Afghan assault but both parted in quick succession leaving Canada far adrift of making the Afghans bat again. 

 

Hamza Tariq ensured the Afghan's would bat again as he scored his maiden first class century finally pulling Canada into the lead as he put on 81 runs with Harvir Baidwan (29*). Tariq perished just before close leaving Baidwan and Khurram Chohan with much to do tomorrow. 

 

Hamid Hassan (7-61, and 3-24) was the pick of the Afghan bowlers and seems destined for a man of the match award tomorrow.  

 

CRICINFO SCORECARD

Wed, 08/03/2011

Canada slugged out a dramatic 3 wicket victory over Nepal in the 5th round of the ICC u19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Ireland.
At Bready Cricket Club, Nepal was bowled out by Canada for 106 in 42.5 overs with only wicketkeeper Pradeep Airee making 22. But Nepal’s bowlers made Canada earn every run in the chase as wickets at regular intervals. Kyle Edghill made an unbeaten 52 off 133 balls with three boundaries to guide Canada home with 10 balls to spare.
Edghill’s effort earned him the Man of the Match award. Edghill praised Nepal’s bowlers for making things difficult in the chase: “I had to take my time to steady the innings. All the credit to the Nepal bowlers for keeping it tight. We had to work hard to get those runs. My plan was to just stay there and bat as long as possible without losing concentration. This win does a lot to boost the morale of the side and we can now take it to the next game as well.’’
Keasavan Juvarajan and Trevor Manoosingh took 3 wickets each contributing to Canada's cause.
 

CRICINFO SCORECARD

Tue, 08/02/2011

A spirited day where Canada took all 10 Afghan wickets came to a screeching halt on Tuesday as Canada's top order capitulated losing 4 wickets for 21 runs in 12 overs to leave Canada teetering at 21-4

Earlier in the day, Canada won the toss and elected to bowl on the green top. Zahid Hussain (3-56) was the pick of the bowlers but Chohan, Osinde and Baidwan picked up two each to bowl the Afghani's out.

Canada have a big job ahead on Wednesday to get back into the game.

 

CRICINFO SCORECARD

Mon, 08/01/2011

Canada lost another heartbreaker at the 2011 u19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier dropping Canada to 2-2 in the tournament.
Despite a century from Nikhil Dutta (116), Canada were unable to hold off Namibia despite a late fightback from the bowlers. Manny Aulakh (2-22) was the pick of Canada's bowlers.

Canada takes on first place Nepal on Wednesday
CRICINFO SCORECARD