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Raza, Gunasekera propel Canada

Raza's four-wicket haul helps skittle out Netherlands for 164; Gunasekera's unbeaten 60 takes Canada to 116 for 4

Raza, Gunasekera propel Canada - Cricket News
Ruvindu Gunasekera remained unbeaten on 60.

Ruvindu Gunasekera led Canada’s charge with the bat after Raza-ur-Rehman, the left arm pacer, starred with the ball to put Canada in a strong position on day one of the four-day fixture against Netherlands in the ICC Intercontinental Cup on Thursday(August 22) in King City, Toronto.

Raza-ur-Rehman took 4 for 8 to skittle Netherlands out for 164. In reply, Gunasekera's unbeaten 60 helped Canada end the day on 116 for 4, trailing by 48 runs.

Netherlands openers - Michael Swart and Michael Rippon - added 27 runs in ten overs before Jeremy Gordon provided Canada a breakthrough in the 11th over by dismissing Rippon.

Nethelands only significant score came from the bat of Eric Szwarczynski who scored 57 off 72 balls with ten fours. Szwarczynski and Tim Gruijters tried to rebuild the innings with an 83-run stand between them for the third wicket before a collapse ensured.

Netherlands lost its last six wickets for just 32 runs as Raza and Gordon ran through the tail. Raza returned with his best figures in first-class matches.

The Canada batsmen started briskly, scoring 35 off the first seven overs, before suffering a mini-collapse as they lost three quick wickets. Vivian Kingma dismissed Nitish Kumar and Raza for ducks. However, Gunasekara counter-attacked in the company of Ashish Bagai as the two stitched together a 73-run stand for the fourth wicket to ressurect the innings before Bagai was the last wicket to fall.

Brief Scores: Canada 116/4 in 25 overs (Ruvindu Gunasekera 60 not out, Ashish Bagai 33; Vivian Kingma 3-39) trail Netherlands 164 all out in 49.3 overs (Michael Swart 31, Eric Szwarczynski 57,  Raza-ur-Rehman 4-8) by 48 runs.

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