Hosts Canada were runaway winners against the United States of America at the Etihahd Summer Festival on Thursday. Canada won the toss and elected to bat first under great conditions at Maple Leaf Cricket Club. The USA jumped on Canada early pegging the hosts back to 21-3 when Rizwan Cheema (20) and Hiral Patel (39) staged a fightback. Wavering at 76-5, Hamza Tariq exploded with a 27 ball 61* hitting 6 sixes. Usman Limbada paced his innings on the otherside for 22 and the two put on 32 in the last over and carried Canada to a massive 158.
In reply, USA were never in the match, as Khurram Chohan, Rizwan Cheema and Parth Desai took 2 wickets each and USA ended on 86-7 in 20 overs.
Earlier in the day the first shocker of the tournament took place as Afghanistan upset T&T by 35 runs. Skipper Nawroz Mangal led the way for the Afghani's with 78 but Sherwin Ganga's last over hattrick made sure AFghanistan was held to a small score of 138. T&T were cruising through the first two overs before losing three wickets in the 4th over and eventually losing their way being bowled out for 103.
Cricket Canada was pleased to bring this match to viewers live online all over the world on www.gocricketgocanada.com
Tomorrow's matches are Canada XI vs. Afghanistan XI and T&T vs. USA XI
An unbelievable day for Canadian cricket as again Canada brought Cricket to fans around the world, including places like Kabul where some Afghani's were seeing their team play live for the first time.