Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Ireland keep Canada at bay

Trent Johnston (right) top-scored for Ireland

Ireland claimed a two-run win over Canada in their ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Abu Dhabi.

Ireland lost the toss and were put into bat and reached a total of 168, before they restricted Canada to just short of the required target thanks to Alex Cusack, who stopped them from hitting the 14 runs required in the final over.

Canada struck regularly during Ireland's innings, with Jimmy Hansra the pick of the bowlers with figures of two for 24, while Trent Johnston top-scored with 39 not out.

Max Sorenson ensured Canada got off to the worst possible start in their reply when he trapped Hiral Patel lbw for a golden duck with the first ball of the innings before sending Rizwan Cheema back to the pavilion with his next delivery.

Rocking at nought for two, Ashish Bagai saw off the hat-trick delivery and went on to top-score with 67no, supported by Ruvindu Gunasekera (65).

However, despite their rally, Canada narrowly missed out on their target, falling three runs short of victory to finish on 116 for three.

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