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By Peter Della Penna
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Canada wicketkeeper Hamza Tariq scored 61 not out in 27 balls as the
host side posted a resounding 72-run win over USA on Thursday afternoon
at Maple Leaf CC in King City, Ontario. Tariq was named Man of the Match
for his bruising knock which included three boundaries and six sixes.
Canada won the toss and elected to bat first as USA took wickets at
regular intervals in the early going. Medium pacer Anand Tummala struck
twice on debut, getting opening batsman Ruvindu Gunasekera out for 9 and
Canada captain Jimmy Hansra out for 1. Sandwiched between those two
dismissals was the run out of Tyson Gordon for nought and Canada was 21
for 3 in the fourth over.
Hiral Patel was joined by the big hitting Rizwan Cheema, who clubbed
two sixes off Hussain Haidar’s only over. Cheema’s fiery stay was short
lived though as left-arm spinner Samarth Shah had him caught for 20 to
make it 60 for 4. Shah also dislodged Patel from the crease for 39 and
after 12 overs, Canada was 76 for 5.
However, the tail didn’t make an appearance on the day because Tariq
and Usman Limbada, two members of Canada’s 2010 ICC U-19 World Cup
squad, weathered the storm before launching a vicious assault on
Muhammad Ghous, Jignesh Desai and Japen Patel in the final three overs
of the innings. Tariq and Limbada managed just 22 runs in the first five
overs of their partnership, but hit 13 in the 18th bowled by Ghous and
another 15 in the 19th bowled by Desai to bring up the 50 partnership.
Not satisfied to stop there, they blitzed Patel for 32 runs in the 20th
to boost Canada’s total to 158 for 5. Tariq started the 18th over on 17,
but in his final 12 deliveries he more than tripled his score to finish
on 61 not out.
Despite getting rocked in the final over, Patel’s figures were not
the worst on the day for USA. That distinction belonged to Muhammad
Ghous as the youngster continues to drift in the wrong direction. Ghous
returned no wickets for 39 runs in four overs.
USA’s chase never got any momentum as Akeem Dodson continuously
flailed and missed at Canada’s opening pacers. Japen Patel opened with
him but only lasted five balls before getting out for 3 to Khurram
Chohan. Quasen Alfred was the next to go, caught by Limbada off Harvir
Baidwan for 1. Dodson’s long stay at the crease produced only 22 runs
before Cheema got rid of him to make the score 32 for 3 in nine overs.
Stuart Mills was out for a duck on debut for USA two overs later as
Cheema took his second.
Parth Desai chipped in with two wickets in the middle overs as
Tummala gave him a return catch for a second-ball duck before he pinned
George Adams LBW two overs later for 2 to make it 45 for 6 in 14.
Jignesh Desai arrived in the fourth over at number four for USA and
knocked the ball around to top score in the innings with 34 off 48
deliveries, but never threatened to bring USA back into the match. He
was finally dismissed in the 19th over by Chohan to make it 73 for 3.
Andy Mohammed came in at number eight and scored 21 not out in 15 balls
with three boundaries to push USA up to 86 for 7 in their 20 overs.
USA plays Trinidad & Tobago at 3 p.m. EST on Friday in the second
day of the Etihad Summer Cricket Festival. T & T lost to
Afghanistan by 35 runs in the early match on Thursday. All matches
during the tournament are being webcast for free at