Canada lose off last ball against Trinidad
Canada showed last night that their win against Hampshire may not have been a one-off fluke by running 2008 Stanford 20/20 champions Trinidad & Tobago pretty close, only losing from the last ball.
Canadian captain Ashish Bagai won the toss and, as against Hampshire, chose to bat first. Like that match, it was another low scoring innings. the backbone was provided by a 66 run partnership between Ruvindu Gunasekera and Zubin Surkari for the second wicket, which ended when Gunasekera was bowled by Jason Mohammed.
Surkari was then joined by Rizwan Cheema, who hit a four and a six in a six ball innings that saw him score 12 before he was out. Bagai then played a more sedate innings as he and Surkari went into the last over with the score on 119-3.
Going for the big shots now, Surkari was caught from the first ball of the over, and Bagai from the second. Jimmy Hansra then faced a dot ball before scoring a single to bring Tyson Gordon, who is hoping to obtain a Canadian passport in time to enable him to represent them at the World Cup, on to strike. Gordon scored two from his first ball and then hit the last ball of the innings for six to take Canada's total to 128-5, one run less than their total against Hampshire.
Trinidad started their reply quickly, scoring 30 from the first three overs. But Adrian Barath's dismissal saw the run rate drop dramatically, and Trinidad scored only 28 runs in the six overs after his dismissal before Darren Bravo was next out having made 8 from 21 balls at a very un-Twenty20 strike rate of 38.09.
Lendl Simmons, nephew of Ireland coach Phil, was the next man out, having scored 31 from 29 balls after opening with Barath, leaving it to captain Darren Ganga to guide the run chase. The run rate started to climb a little, and Trinidad were left needing ten from the last over, bowled by Rizwan Cheema. They ended needing two from the last ball, and some quick running by Ganga and Kevon Cooper saw them achieve this to win by five wickets.
Canada may have lost, but they will be pleased with their bowling performance in this match. Their batting will continue to be a worry though, with the batting order probably due a rejig. Tyson Gordon, who has a double century in an Edmonton league Twenty20 match, really shouldn't be batting down at seven.
The tournament now moves on to Barbados, with Canada playing the hosts in their next match on Wednesday. At this half-way stage, they sit at third in their group, with a semi-final place not completely out of the question.