Canada crash to heavy defeat
Canada will perhaps be rethinking their game plan after another poor batting display against Bangladesh in Chittagong today.
Hiral Patel was out for a duck in the first ball over with no runs on the board, and Ruvindu Gunaskera followed him an over later having scored a quick fire 13. John Davison was next out for just two, and Canada were in trouble on 22-3. Ashish Bagai and Jimmy Hansra then steadied things a little with a 39 run partnership for the fourth wicket before Hansra was out for 22.
Twenty more runs were added for the fifth wicket with Zubin Sukari before Bagai was bowled by Mahmudullah. When Rixwan Cheema fell from the very next ball, all hope for a respectable total by Canada was gone. Zubin Sukari and Karl Whatham also fell with the score on 81.
Nitesh Kumar, the youngest player in the tournament at 16, scored 15 in the dregs of the innings as Canada were bowled out for 112. The target was no problem for Bangladesh, who knocked off the required runs in under 20 overs to win by 9 wickets. Tamim Iqbal top scored for them with 69 from 50 balls, and he was the only wicket to fall, bowled by Rizwan Cheema.
A rethink for Canada is certainly needed at the top of the order. In three warm-up matches so far, openers Hiral Patel and John Davison have contributed just six runs between them, and the first wicket has twice fallen with no runs on the board. The only time it didn't, they had scored one run.
A new opening partnership would be highly recommended for Canada's next warm-up match, against England on Wednesday.