The encounter between Bangaldesh and Canada was being touted as the most evenly-matched game of the first day of World Cup warm-ups. But the latter put on a disappointing show in their innings, getting bowled out for 112 in 37.3 overs. Then Bangaldesh romped home by 9 wickets with over 30 overs to spare.
Bangaldeshi openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes got their side off to a forceful start. They smacked the hapless Canadian bowlers all around the ground, especially getting stuck into pace bowler Henry Osinde and off-break John Davison.
The batting duo crossed 100 in the 15th over without too many problems, but then soon afterward, Rizwan Cheema's medium pace did Iqbal in for 69 off just 50 balls. Then Junnaid Suiddque and Kayes completed the formality of taking their side over the finishing line, in 19.2 overs.
The pace of Shafiul Islam and Rubel Hossian was enough to do quite a bit of early damage, as the former removed the openers Hiral Patel and John Davison for 0 and 2, respectively. In between, Hossain got rid of Gunasekara who was attempting to counter-attack with a 6-ball 13 runs (3x4). The visitors had slumped to 22/3 in 6.2 overs.
As the Canadians struggled to revive their innings, the Bangladeshi spinners picked up from where the speedsters had left off. Wicket-keeper/captain Ashish Bagai and Jimmy Hansra took the score to 61 before the latter was snapped up by Rubel Hussain at point off off-spinner Naeem Islam, for 22.
Bagai held out till the score was at 81, but when he was bowled by Mahmuddullah for 30, Canada encountered a latter order collapse, losing Rizwan Cheema (0), Zubin Surkari (11) and Karl Whatham (0), with the total remaining the same.
A gritty Nitish Kumar, with Harvir Baidwan for company, took the tourists to 100/8 in the 32nd over. But soon after Kumar was bowled for 15 by Hossain and the Canadians had reached the bottom of the barrel at 101/9 in 33.1 overs. The tailenders were just able to add 11 runs to the total before the side was bowled out.
Captain Shakib Al Hasan took 3/5 in 3.3 overs, while Hossain, Mahmudullah and Islam took two scalps a piece.