Hansra century not enough for Canada
Canada's campaign to qualify for a fourth successive World Cup got underway today with defeat to the UAE in Rangiora.
Batting first after winning the toss, the UAE opening pair of Salman Faris and Amjad Ali put on 53 before Faris was the first wicket to fall. Ali and captain Khurram Khan then put on 130 for the second wicket.
Both fell in quick succession, scoring 91 and 88 respectively, and the middle order kept up the run scoring, taking the UAE to 286-6 from their 50 overs. Khurram Chohan was the pick of the bowlers with 3-65 from his 10 overs.
Canada's reply started poorly when their first three wickets were lost with just nine runs on the board. Captain Jimmy Hansra and Raza-ur-Rehman put on 89 for the fourth wicket, but that wasn't enough to recover the Canadian innings.
Rehman was bowled by Khurram Khan for 43, whilst Hansra stayed in to score an unbeaten 100, his second century for Canada after his 2011 century in the annual two-day match against the USA.
Canada were restricted to just 206-6 from their 50 overs, losing by 80 runs.
Canada will next be in action when they play Hong Kong on Friday, whilst the UAE will have to wait until Saturday when they take on Scotland.