Canada secure a five-wicket win in Potchefstroom
Canada bounced back from Sunday's defeat by The Netherlands to complete a convincing five-wicket victory over Bermuda in Potchefstroom on Monday.
They did well to contain the Bermudians to 235 for eight off their fifty overs, and then judged the run-chase pretty well, getting home with thirteen balls to spare.
The cornerstone of their innings was a 91-run partnership for the fifth wicket, compiled in thirteen overs, between Ashish Bagai (58 not out) and Sunil Dhaniram (64), which brought their side to the brink of victory.
Dhaniram also made a valuable contribution with the ball, taking two for 38 in his ten-over spell, while fellow-spinners George Codrington and Kevin Sandher also played their part in keeping the Bermudian batsmen quiet.
Henry Osinde got Canada off to a great start, dismissing Kwame Tucker with the fourth ball of the innings and then trapping Steven Outerbridge leg-before to leave Bermuda on 30 for two, but skipper Irving Romaine and his deputy Dean Minors shared a 71-run stand to rebuild their side's fortunes.
When they were out within seven runs of each other, Minors (37) stumped by Bagai off Dhaniram and Romaine (36) leg before to the same bowler, David Hemp and Janeiro Tucker kept the innings going, adding 58 for the fifth wicket.
Hemp picked up where he had left off, on 247 not out, in Pretoria last week, and his 55, made off 70 balls with five fours, was the highest and best of the innings. Tucker gave him valuable support, and then Saleem Mukuddem weighed in with a not out 20 to see Bermuda through to 235.
It didn't seem likely to be enough, however, and with Ashif Mulla and Desmond Chumney giving Canada as solid basis with an opening partnership of 64 an easy victory seemed to be on the cards.
Mukuddem finally broke through by bowling Mulla for 30, and Chumney fell with the total on 81, lofting a ball from Janeiro Tucker straight to Mukuddem at long on. Abdool Samad made a brisk 21, but once he had gone Tucker and Dwayne Leverock pegged the scoring back, and the rate required began to climb towards six an over.
The Canadians always had wickets in hand, and once Tucker and Leverock had finished their spells the tempo began to accelerate again, Dhaniram being particularly severe on Mukuddem when he returned to the attack.
Bagai reached his half-century off 84 balls, followed soon afterwards by Dhaniram, who took just 30 balls. When the latter was dismissed he had faced 41 balls, hitting six fours and a six, while Bagai saw his side through to the end, hitting the winning four off Stefan Kelly to complete a notable victory.