Slim chance of Canada qualifying for next year’s cricket World Cup

By Admin Wednesday January 22 2014 in Sports
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Canada has a very slim chance of qualifying for next year’s World Cup after losing its first two matches at the International Cricket Council (ICC) qualifying tournament in New Zealand.


The national side kept its hopes alive with a close 12-run victory over Nepal on Monday in Christchurch.


Half-centuries by Raza-ur-Rehman who hit 89 off 87 balls with nine boundaries and opener Nitish Kumar who scored 67 of 59 balls with two sixes and five fours propelled Canada to 255-9 in the match that was reduced to 41 overs.


Medium pacer Khurram Chohan captured 4-59 off nine overs to restrict Nepal to 243-8.


To advance to the Super Six, Canada will have to beat Scotland by a huge margin in its final group game on January 23.


The Canadians were outplayed by the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong in its opening group matches.


Set 287 for victory by the UAE, Canada reached 205-6 in its allotted 50 overs.


Chohan was the national team’s most productive bowler with 3-65 off 10 overs.


Skipper Jimmy Hansra slammed an unbeaten 100 off 119 balls with two sixes and five boundaries while Raza-ur-Rehman hit 43 off 83 balls. The pair put in 89 in 24.3 overs for the fourth wicket.


Canada was no match for Hong Kong which cruised to a nine-wicket victory with 148 balls remaining.


Dismissed for 171 in 48 overs, Canada’s bowlers failed to contain Hong Kong in its run-chase as they reached their target in the 26th over for the loss of one wicket.



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