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. 





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.


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.

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.


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.  



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.


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.



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

Mon, 08/01/2011

Reigning ICC Intercontinental Cup champions Afghanistan takes on hosts Canada in the third match of the new season starting tomorrow (Tuesday 2 August 2011) in Toronto. 
Afghanistan won the final of the competition last year after beating Scotland and the side will be hoping for a strong performance away from home to begin the competition on the right foot and walk away with full points.                                         

Having never won the tournament, Canada will want to make sure it starts positively and begin this year’s season with a victory on home soil.
Afghanistan fast bowler Hamid Hassan, who was the leading wicket-taker in the last tournament with 43 scalps, is confident ahead of the team’s first four-day fixture of the season.
“We’ve played some domestic three-day games in Pakistan and also in Sri Lanka ahead of this first fixture and we’ve been very focused so I hope we take what we’ve learnt with us to Canada for our first match of this competition.
“When we first started playing four-day cricket it took us time to embrace it but now we enjoy it a lot, especially in the last tournament, so hopefully we can enjoy it again this time.
“I’ve never been Canada but we’ve been told the weather will be good and hopefully the wickets will seam around so I’m able to be effective with the ball,” concluded Hamid.
Meanwhile, Canada’s side features some young blood, joining the old guard, with new captain Jimmy Hansra at the helm, who has taken over from fellow squad member Ashish Bagai, who recently relinquished the captaincy that he had held for two years. 
The team features a number of young players, including Hiral Patel, while newly appointed skipper Hansra is confident his side can do well: “We’re a fairly young team and we’re going to be taking what we learnt at the 50-over ICC Cricket World Cup and try to translate that into the four-day competition we’re about to start playing.
“It’s good that we’ve got a three year window for this tournament and it’s good for us to start against the current champions, Afghanistan.
“It’s nice to have a stronger team upfront as it will help us know where we stand and it should help us to prepare for the tournament and the youngsters are ready to go and we’re ready to put up a good show.
“Hiral Patel and Ruvindu Gunasekera are two good youngsters coming in from our domestic cricket, who also featured at the World Cup, and we’ve good bowlers who will need to help us for this tournament.
“Afghanistan is an experienced side whereas we’re young and we’re trying to bring the passion for Canada and cricket together for this tournament but I feel with a three-year window to play these fixtures we will continue to improve no matter what happens with this first game,” added Hansra.

Sun, 07/31/2011

Canada has defeated Vanuatu in convincing fashion to move to 2-1 at the ICC u19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Ireland.  

Vanuatu batted first and could not muster much resistance to the Canadian bowling as Manny Aulakh (3-11) led the way for Canada’s bowler.  Captain Keasavan Juvarajan (3-49), Rayyan Pathan (1-21), Nitish Kumar (1-34), and Nikhil Dutta (1-16), chipped in with wickets as only 3 Vanuatu batsmen reached double figures. Vanuatu’s total was helped by 35 extras bowled by the Canadians in the field.

It was then left to Canada opener Nitish Kumar to continue his good form with the bat. Kumar made a brisk 48-ball 61 with seven boundaries and two sixes to help Canada overhaul the target in just 25.3 overs.

Kumar was yet again named the Man of the Match and was happy with the effort. “This pitch was flatter than the previous one. There was a bit of turn, but overall it came on to the bat very nicely. All credit to our bowlers for their spells. This win is a big boost to the team. We are now back on track. Everyone’s positive about it and the mood is great in the camp.

Canada has a game of massive importance tomorrow against Namibia.