Paarl (South Africa): Sri Lanka sent Canada crashing to a world record low total of 36 all out to cruise to a nine-wicket win in the World Cup Group 'B' match at Boland Park here on Wednesday.
Opening bowlers Chaminda Vaas and Prabath Nissanka, who was named man-of-the-match, were mainly responsible for the Canadian collapse, reducing the World Cup minnows to 21 for seven at one stage. Vaas took three for 15 and Nissanka four for 12 before Sri Lanka knocked off the winning runs in just 4.4 overs to end the match in two hours.
Sanath Jayasuriya was out lbw to Sanjayan Thuraisingam as Sri Lanka cruised to 37 for one. "We bowled really well today and the ball was seaming. We wanted them out as soon as possible and to do it so quickly will be a great boost for our run-rate," Vaas said. Sri Lanka, which now has three wins in three games at the World Cup, was responsible for the previous lowest total in One-day Internationals when it bowled out Zimbabwe for 38 in Colombo in 2001.
In that match, Vaas took eight for 19, the best figures ever in One-day international history. Canada had made the previous lowest World Cup total when it was dismissed for 45 in Manchester against England in 1979. "It's very disappointing to lose like that," said Canada skipper Joe Harris who was joint top scorer with nine in his team's innings. "We were playing one of the best sides in the world but the wicket was a decent track on which to bat. We just let the pressure get to us."
Canada made a bad start when John Davison was caught behind off an inside edge against Nissanka in the second over before a run was scored. Vaas, who took a hat-trick on way to six for 25 when Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 10 wickets in their previous match in at Pietermaritzburg on Friday, again had an opportunity to take three wickets in three balls when he dismissed Desmond Chumney and Ian Billcliff off successive deliveries. Harris survived the hat-trick delivery and went on to make joint top score of nine. Nissanka also took two wickets in two balls, trapping Nic de Groot and left-hander Ishwar Maraj leg before Ashish Bagai blocked the next delivery.