Thatscricket - News - I bowled my heart out, says Canadas hero
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 0:00 [IST]
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Toronto: Sanjayan Thuraisingam was Canada's hero after taking five wickets for 25 in its five-wicket ICC Trophy qualifying final victory over Scotland on Tuesday.The result sent Canada on its way to South Africa 2003 and a first cricket World Cup final appearance since 1979. Thuraisingam, who also took two wickets in two balls as Scotland was restricted to a lowly 176 for nine tried to downplay his man-of-the-match performance. "I just treated this as a regular game. I bowled my heart out and I guess I got what I deserved. It was important to get the early breakthrough and it was good too to finish with a couple at the end." Delighted Canada captain Joseph Harris thanked an enthusiastic crowd at the Toronto Cricket Club for its support. "I've never seen so many people at a cricket match in Canada. They were great for us." Canada Cricket Association president Geoff Edwards said the victory was vital for Canadian cricket. "It's our salvation. This is a great result, not just for cricket in Canada but cricket in the Americas. "We have had threats of legal action over bills we've queried but hopefully we can put that behind us now."