The oldest rivalry in international cricket resumed yesterday in King City, Ontario as Canada hosted the USA for the Auty Cup - now a three match one-day series rather than the traditional 2 or 3 day game.
New USA captain Ibrahim Khaleel won the toss and chose to put Canada in to bat. The Canadian top three were all caught behind off the bowling of Elmore Hutchinson, Srimantha Wijeratne top scoring with 29. A score of 49-3 soon became 78-8 as debutant Roy Silva carved his way through the Canadian middle order, taking four wickets.
Saad Bin Zafa and Satsimranjit Dhindsa helped avoid Canada being bowled out for under 100 with a 49 run partnership for the ninth wicket, scoring 23 and 24 respectively. The home side were eventually bowled out for 141 in 40.2 overs.
In reply the visitors found run scoring as tricky as the Canadians, but crucially kept more wickets in hand, avoiding the middle order batting collapse that cost the home team. Opener Abdullah Syed contributed a useful 32, but the top score was Roy Silva's unbeaten 38 to complete a fine all round performance.
The USA scored the winning runs in the 41st over to win by five wickets. The teams will meet again today.
Canada lost to the USA by 5 wickets
Maple Leaf South-West Ground, King City, Ontario, 13 September
Canada 141 (40.2 overs, R Silva 4-32, E Hutchinson 3-27)
USA 144-5 (40.1 overs, R Silva 38*)