Canada bounced back from a dismal showing against Afghanistan in the four-day Intercontinental Cup tournament to be competitive in the Ethiad Summer Festival quadrangular Twenty/20 series at Maple Leaf ground in King City.
The national side bounced the United States by 72 runs and recorded a thrilling last-ball four wicket win over the Afghans before bowing out to Trinidad & Tobago by seven wickets in last Saturday’s deciding contest.
All three teams finished with two wins and a loss, but the twin-island republic side emerged victorious with a better net run rate.
Interim coach Ingleton Liburd said he was happy with Canada’s effort in the game’s shorter version.
“We played well in the first two games but did not put up much of a fight against the Trinis which was disappointing,” said Liburd. “The team is gelling with each game they play and I am happy with the effort overall.”
Karachi-born wicketkeeper batsman Hamza Tariq played leading roles in Canada’s two wins, scoring an unbeaten 61 off 27 balls with six sixes and three fours in the win over the Americans and 33 not out off 18 balls with two sixes and two boundaries in the exciting victory over Afghanistan.
West Indies opener Adrian Barath’s unbeaten 69 propelled T & T to an easy victory with four overs to spare against Canada which won the toss and batted first. Canada posted 113-9 in its allotted 20 overs.
T & T is preparing for next month’s Champions League Twenty/20 qualifier in Hyderabad, India from September 19-21.
“The guys showed they are getting into full swing,” said manager Omar Khan. “They looked good in all aspects of the game. The bowling is excellent and to restrain Canada to 113 was a great achievement.”
The Americans lost all three of their matches.