LACKLUSTRE CANADA DROP TO USA
A lacklustre effort on either side of the ball has left Canada in a deep hole at the World Twenty20 qualifier in Abu Dhabi today. Batting first and putting up a small total of 137-6, Canada were forced to defend hard but could not pick up enough wickets to stunt the USA charge. Defending 24 off the last 2 overs, the USA chipped away at the total to win the game with one ball to spare.
Canada take on Ireland tomorrow.
Canada’s plays its first match of the World Twenty20 Qualifier Friday against the United States of America in Abu Dhabi.
The North American rivals lock horns in the tournament opener for both teams as they look to get off to a winning start. Both teams split their warm up matches with Canada defeating Afghanistan before losing to Bermuda while the USA lost to Scotland before beating Nepal.
The two sides last played during the Teacher’s Auty Cup T20 Series in Toronto with Canada winning both T20’s handily. Ruvindu Gunaskera was the inform batsmen for Canada scoring 131 runs in the two innings.
The match can watched live in Canada on Sportsnet.ca and begins at 0500 Eastern Time.
Tale of the Tape :
CANADA : WWLWL
USA : LW
- Canada are 7-7-0 all time in the WT20 qualifiers but have never qualified for the big event. The best finish was 5th in 2008.
- USA are 3-9-0 all time with a best finish of 6th in 2010. USA have also not qualified for the big event.
- Ashish Bagai tops Canada's batting averages in T20 with 27.70 at 98.1 slightly ahead of Ruvindu Gunasekera's 26.2 at 112.3. Gunasekera is also Canada's leading run getter in the format at 602 from 23 innings.
- Harvir Baidwan is Canada's leading T20 wicket taker with 32 from 28 games with Rizwan Cheema close behind at 27 from 34.
- Steven Taylor with 179 runs at 19.9 is the USA's highest run scorer in T20 while Muhammed Ghous
USA Probable : Neil McGarrell (Captain), Adam Sanford,Akeem Dodson,Barrington Bartley,Danial Ahmed,Elmore Hutchinson,Fahad Babar,Japen Patel,Karan Ganesh,Muhammad Ghous,Orlando Baker