Durban: Seamer Austin Codrington grabbed 5 for 27 as minnows Canada enjoyed its greatest moment in international cricket on Tuesday with a 60-run victory over Bangladesh in the World Cup.
Shot out for 160 after electing to take first strike, Canada hit back under the lights at the Kingsmead to send Bangladesh crashing for only 120 with 22 overs to spare. It was Bangladesh's 27th consecutive defeat in One-day cricket, but few had expected the Test nation to cave in against a bunch of part-timers playing in only its second World Cup after a gap of 24 years.
Canada's first win ever in cricket's showpiece was its second success over Bangladesh in three outings and once again sparked the debate over whether international status came too early for the South Asian nation. Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud had said before the tournament began that its realistic aim was to defeat Kenya and Canada in the preliminary league, which also includes matches against the big boys from South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka.
But what was expected to be an easy outing turned into a nightmare as Bangladesh lost wickets against an inspired side coached by former West Indian batsman Gus Logie. Hannan Sarkar and Sanwar Hossain top-scored with 25 apiece, but four fell without scoring while two others failed to reach double figures. "We batted and bowled badly," Mashud said. "Any team can beat any other team at the World Cup.
It is now going to be difficult to bounce back." Codrington, a right-arm seamer, removed Sarkar before polishing off the tail to earn the man-of-the-match award. "Gus is always telling me to bowl a good line on off-stump. I knew I had to bowl my 10 overs well," Codrington said. Canadian captain Joseph Harris could not hide his delight. "I am absolutely thrilled, I can not tell you what I am going to do tonight," he said. "We've worked really hard at our fielding, Gus and the physio have pushed us to our limits."
Asked of the future, he said, "We are a greedy bunch of Canadians, we'd like to win another match." For Canada, Ian Billcliff was the main scorer with 42, playing the seaming ball better than any of the Bangladesh batsmen.
Canada, who made its only other World Cup appearance in 1979, qualified this time after finishing third in the ICC Trophy tournament for non-Test playing nations back home in Toronto in 2001. Bangladesh has so far won just three of its 62 One-day matches since being granted One-day International status in 1985-86. Canada next plays Kenya in another day-night game at Cape Town on Saturday. Bangladesh takes on Sri Lanka at Pietermaritzburg on Friday.