Canada squared the Auty Cup series against the USA in King City yesterday, setting up a deciding match today.
Canadian captain Nitish Kumar won the toss and chose to put the USA in to bat. The Canadians were on top at the start of the visitor's innings, bowling well to have the USA on 74-5 after 23 overs.
The fifth wicket brought Timil Patel to the crease, and he helped bring some respectability to the USA innings, scoring 79 from 86 balls before he was stumped two balls from the end of their 50 overs. Ali Khan was out for a duck from the final ball of the innings, and the USA had scored 202. Shahid Ahmadzai was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-32 on his debut.
The Canadian reply started with a 75 run opening partnership between Srimantha Wijeratne and Nitish Kumar, which ended when Kumar was out for 37. Usman Limbada was the next man out from the final ball of the 22nd over with the Canadian score on 113.
Wijeratne then fell from the first ball of the 23rd over for 59 before Alabama native Nosthush Kenjige completed a hat-trick by removing Navneet Dhaliwal and Rizwan Cheema, leaving Canada in a bit of trouble at 113-5.
Fortunately for Canada, no more wickets were lost as Dhanuka Pathirana and Saad Bin Zafar put on an unbroken 92 to secure a five wicket win with 7 balls to spare. They scored 40 and 41 respectively.
Canada beat USA by 5 wickets
Maple Leaf South West Ground, King City, Ontario, 13 September
USA 202 (50 overs, T Patel 79, Shahid Ahmadzai 3-32)
Canada 205-5 (48.5 overs, S Wijeratne 59, Saad Bin Zafar 41*, D Pathirana 40*, N Kenjige 3-30)