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11 February 201612:50 By Manoj Narayan, Cox’s Bazar

Canada beats Fiji to finish ICC Under-19 World Cup in 15th spot

Miraj picks up four wickets, Shlok takes three to shoot Fiji out for 83 in eight-wicket victory

Canada beats Fiji to finish ICC Under-19 World Cup in 15th spot - Cricket News

Canada bowled out for 83 in 28 overs, the spinners taking eight wickets.

Canada Under-19 ended its ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 campaign with something to show for its efforts on a long tour. It beat Fiji Under-19 by eight wickets to finish 15th in the tournament.

It meant Fiji finished its maiden World Cup without victory in six matches, but with the benefit of experience of participating in a global tournament.

Put in, Fiji struggled against spin, losing eight wickets to the turning ball. It was shot out for 83 in 28 overs – that despite a couple of misfields and dropped chances. Miraj Patel, the offspinner, claimed a four-wicket haul after Shlok Patel (3 for 18) started the procession.

Canada barely put a foot wrong in the chase as Akash Gill led the charge with an unbeaten 65-ball 38. Victory was completed in 20 overs.

Fiji’s openers, Delaimatuku Maraiwai and Jordan Dunham, were circumspect, mindful of the need to break away from a pattern of losing early wickets. They were aided by luck as a couple of miscues fell short of fielders and went about laying a foundation with a 26-run stand.

The sixth over from Shlok changed everything. He had Dunham trapped in front with a quicker one, and Saimoni Tuitoga caught behind two balls later.

The quick wickets rattled Fiji, and in the space of five overs, three more wickets had fallen, including that of Maraiwai, whose 24-ball 14 was the highest score of the innings. When Peni Vuniwaqa, who had scored a defiant 123-ball 80 against Scotland, gifted his wicket to Kurt Ramdath for a 30-ball 6, Fiji’s last ray of hope was extinguished.

T Veitacini stuck around to score a 44-ball 13, but Miraj chipped away at the tail and had Veitacini himself sent back. Fiji’s innings lasted a little under two hours.

The chase was routine. Gill and Amish Taploo, the Canadian openers, took contrasting approaches. Gill was aggressive, driving and pulling away to the ropes even as Taploo dead-batted.

Fiji’s poor fielding and an inordinate number of extras did them no favours. Josaia Baleicikoibia sent down 15 deliveries in the fourth over, including seven wides and two no-balls. When the legal deliveries did come in, Gill pulled two to the fence. Baleicikoibia didn’t bowl thereafter.

Canada took its time with the chase, steering clear of risks. It crossed 50 runs gradually, before Taploo popped one back to Sosiceni Weleilakeba, the medium pacer, for a 41-ball 12 to end the 58-run opening stand. Gill carried on, carving away boundaries, despite Bhavindu Adhihetty falling along the way, and victory was brought up without much hassle.

Please click here to review the match in full in the ICC Match Centre