Canada has comprehensively beaten Bermuda in the third match of the ICC Americas U19 World Cup Qualifier.
Canada bounced back from defeat to the USA in the tournament opener with a convincing 141-run win over Bermuda, as the U19 World Cup Qualifier league table begins to take shape.
Having been asked to bat by Bermudan captain Nzari Paynter, Canada far exceeded its snail’s-pace 63 all out against the USA by posting a commanding 229-8 from its 50 overs.
It then ripped through the Bermudan batting line-up to bowl them out for 88 and earn two valuable points in the tournament.
Opening bowler Faisal Jamkhandi (3/11 from 7 overs) and leg-spinner Arslan Khan (3-9 from 6.3) – the latter of whom had earlier starred with the bat in hand – were the destructors-in-chief with the ball for Canada, as no Bermudan player bettered the 15 made by captain Paynter.
South Africa-born off-spinner Tiaan Pretorius took 2/14 while Rishiv Joshi and Rommel Shahzad each chipped in with one apiece as the Bermudan innings was wrapped up inside 36 overs.
In the first innings, a solid start led Canada to 64/2 from 14.5 overs, with the top three of Bhavinda Adhihetty (10), Kunwarpal Chana (30) and Akash Gill (20) – fresh from his marathon 102-ball 14 against the USA – all making starts without kicking on to a big score.
It was No. 4 Arslan Khan who played the defining innings of the match, anchoring the Canadian side with an excellent 74 from 93 balls, including six boundaries. He was eventually dismissed by opening bowler Dalin Richardson, who with 2/27 from his 10-over allocation was easily the pick of the Bermuda attack.
Kavian Naress (23) and Aran Pathamanathan (28) each made valuable contributions late on to help Canada to a total that turned out to be way beyond its opponent, who require a dramatic turnaround in fortunes to retain any hope of qualification.
Canada, Bermuda and the USA are battling for a place at the 2018 ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand. Each country plays each other twice in the qualifying tournament, with the team on top of the points table at the end of the six matches taking the spoils and a ticket to the Antipodes.
The defeat leaves Bermuda, which hasn’t qualified for the ICC U19 World Cup since 2008, bottom of the table with two defeats from two at the half-way stage. Canada has won one and lost one, with today’s victory applying some much-needed pressure on the unbeaten USA, which takes on Bermuda for the second time on Friday in Toronto.
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