Canada stretch Eng in dramatic WC Warm-up

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Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 16:57 [IST]
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Can stretch Eng in dramatic WC Warm-up

Fatullah, Bangladesh, Feb 16: In their World Cup warm-up match, Canada fell short of England's 243 by just 16 runs, despite a dramatic fight back led by Rizwan Chohan (93) and follow through by Khurram Chohan (44). English speedster Stuart Broad picked up 5/39 in 9.1 overs to save his side the blushes.

Chasing England's 243 to win, Canada got off to a disastrous start, losing John Davison in just the third ball for 1 when Ajmal Shahzad bowled him. Then Stuart Broad took over, cleaning up Nitish Kumar for 3 and and getting Ashish Bagai caught by Pietersen in the slips for 5, as Canada slipped to 19/3 in 3.3 overs.

Just one run later, Shahzad struck again to trap Jimmy Hansra in front for 1 before Broad had Ruvindu Gunasekera caught behind for 7. Canada were in dire straits at 28/5 in 7.2 overs. Then Rizwan Cheema and Zubin Surkari put on something of rescue act, taking their side to over 50/5 in the 10th over and pressing on defiantly.

In the 20th over, Surkari was foxed by Yardy for 22 off 45 balls as the Canadians fell deeper in trouble at 96/6. But Cheema and Khurram Chohan brought up their side's 100 in the 21st over after which the former reached his half-century.

The way Cheema was going, he looked good to make a ton, but Broad cut short his plans when he had him caught on 93 off just 70 balls, in an innings studded with 5 sixes and 10 fours. At that stage, Canada were 156/7 in 28.2 overs, still requiring another 88 runs.

Soon afterward, Paul Collingwood sent back Hiral Patel for 13 off 25 as Canada slumped to 178/8 in 34.6 overs. Khurram Chohan who was settling in nicely, pressed on with Harvir Baidwan, bringing up Canada's 200 in the 41st over.

Even after James Tredwell got Baidwan out for 14 with the score at 207/9, Chohan kept going and looked like he would sneak the side home. But in the 47th over, he was trapped in front by Stuart Broad, who picked up his 5th wicket, Canada thus falling short by 16 runs.

Canada sprung some early surprises on England as the latter began their innings. In just the second over, Canada fast bowler Khurram Chohan had Andrew Strauss caught behind for 1 as the score read 4/1. Then Kevin Pietersen biffed a few powerful blows including 3 fours and a six, but had played one shot to many when he was cleaned up by Chohan for 24 off 28.

Jonathan Trott was playing more cautiously and hence was able to preserve his wicket as Chohan struck for the third time, to remove Ian Bell for 8. Then leg-spinner Balaji Rao came to the party, getting Paul Collingwood stumped for 9 as England were reduced to 86/4 in 20.4 overs.

Trott and Matt Prior tried to stem the rot, taking their side to over 100 in the 25th over. But 40 runs later, John Davison broke the 50-plus run stand to dismiss Trott for 57 off 81 and reduce England to 140/5 in 31.4 overs.

Prior and Michael Yardy brought up their side's 150 in the 33rd over, but Yardy could do little else, falling to the pace of Henry Osinde for 6 off 13 balls. In the same over, Osinde trapped Luke Wright in front for a duck as the score now read a desperate 158/7 in 37 overs.

Then, Stuart Broad and Prior staged a recovery, taking England past 200/7 in the 43rd over. After Broad was bowled by the medium pace of Harvir Baidwan for 22 off 27, Prior pressed on with James Tredwell. But soon, Baidwan got Prior out for 78 off 81 balls in similar fashion as England were looking at the bottom of the barrel at 224/9 in 47.1 overs.

Some powerful blows from the tail took England to 243 before Baidwan wrapped up the innings in 49.4 overs when he had Ajmal Shahzad caught by Rizwan Cheema for 10 off 8.

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