Afghanistan and Canada win on opening day of Cricket Canada festival
The Cricket Canada summer festival in King City has got started with Afghanistan beating Trinidad & Tobago and Canada beating the USA.
In the first match of the day, Afghanistan captain Nawroz Mangal won the toss and elected to bat first. And it was Mangal who provided the backbone to their innings with 78 from 47 balls, including seven sixes. Nobody else passed 15, and Sherwin Ganga was the pick of the bowlers, taking 5-15 as he polished off the Afghan tail.
Ganga's last three wickets were a hat-trick, and Afghanistan had been bowled out for 138, having batted one ball short of their 20 overs.
Trinidad & Tobago started their chase looking in the mood to score the runs quickly, and William Perkins hit two sixes off Shapoor Zadran's first over, the second of the innings. But Zadran bounced back in fine style in his next over, which was a triple wicket maiden, leaving Trinidad on 21-3.
They never really recovered from that point and were bowled out for 103, losing by 35 runs. A big win for Afghanistan over the West Indies Twenty20 champions.
The afternoon game was between Canada and the USA, with Canadian captain Jimmy Hansra chosing to bat first after winning the toss. Despite Hiral Patel scoring 39 from 31 balls opening the batting, Canada were looking like making a low score when he was out in the 12th over with the score on 76-5.
But his dismissal brought Hamza Tariq to the crease, and he smashed a remarkable unbeaten 61 from just 27 balls, taking Canada to 158-5 from their 20 overs. A probably shell-shocked USA could then only manage 86-7 from their 20 overs, losing by 72 runs.
Today's matches will see Canada play Afghanistan and Trinidad & Tobago play the USA.