New Delhi, March 7: Canada have relegated a hapless Kenya to the bottom of Group A, after inflicting a 5-wicket defeat on them at Delhi's Ferozshah Kotla ground. The Mapleleafs put in a competent effort in the field and with the ball to restrict the Kenyans to 198 all out in fifty overs, despite a half century each from Tanmay Mishra (51) and Thomas Odoyo (51). Then after a few hic-cups in their own innings, middle order batsmen Ashish Bagai and Jimmy Hansra put on an incredible 132-run stand to take their side within sight of victory. Finally, Bagai and John Davison finshed off the match with 27 balls to spare.
Canada began their innings on a jittery note. In the second ball, Rizwan Cheema, who had been promoted up the order, was adjudged lbw by Thomas Odoyo. But he referred the appeal and thus survived. Then, as is his wont, he struck a couple of powerful blows, including a six and two fours only to be clean bowled by Elijah Otieno in the fourth over. He was on his way for 17 off 13 balls and Canada was 19/1.
Canada were moving along smoothly at 37/1 in 9.4 overs when Zubin Surkari was run out courtesy a remarkable direct throw from Kenya captain Jimmy Kamande. Ruvindu Gunasekara struck a couple of fours immediately afterward to offset the pressure, but succumbed to it when he was stumped of James Ngoche for 18. Then new man Jimmy Hansra counter-attacked with a couple of boundaries in the same over to lift Canada to 56/3 in 12 overs.
Then he and captain Ashish Bagai settled into a steady partnership, taking their side past 100 in the 25th over. In the 38th over, Bagai struck Tikolo for two boundaries to bring up Canada's 150. It had been smoothly sailing for the last 26 overs and continued to be till in the 38th over, Hansra was caught off Odhiambo at mid-off for 70 impressive runs from 99 balls. Odhiambo threatened to set the cat among the pigeons when he bowled Travis Gordon soon afterward, but John Davison (4*) and Bagai (64*) took Canada home in the 46th over.