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Desai spins Canada to victory

Uganda loses seventh-place play off after its batsmen fail to fire
Even before the game began, both Canada and Uganda were out of the reckoning for a World Cup berth. But on the day, it was Canada's experience that helped it prevail over Uganda by 59 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method in its rain-affected seventh-place playoff semifinal fixture at the ICC World Cup Qualifier in Maunganui, New Zealandon Sunday (January 26).

Playing a pivotal role in the win was Parth Desai, the left-arm spinner, who returned figures of 4 for 29 as Uganda, after being inserted in, was bowled out for 149 in 49.5 overs. In reply, Ruvindu Gunasekara  and Jimmy Hansra, the captain, put Canada in cruise-control mode. The unbroken 86-run stand for the second wicket put Canada well ahead and with the 20-over mark out of the way, victory was achieved quiet easily with Canada at 119 for 1 in 29 overs.

With just two Uganda batsmen crossing 25, it was always going to be a tall order to compete after posting a paltry total. Hamza Saleh, the No.3 batsman, top-scored with 33 and found some support from Brian Masaba , who made 29. But once the second-wicket stand of 61 was broken, Uganda lost its way. All hopes of a rearguard action from the lower-order was thwarted by Khurram Chohan and Harvir Baidwan, who picked up two wickets a piece.

Uganda's hopes of pulling off an upset hinged on its ability to strike upfront. While Charles Waiswa struck to dismiss Nitish Kumar in the 9th over, the experience of Gunasekara, who struck an unbeaten 79-ball 52, and Hansra's 43 put paid to its hopes of securing a consolation victory.

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