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June 29, 2008
Bermuda 158 for 7 (Foggo 60, Qaiser 3-28) beat Canada 155 for 9 (Bagai 60, Tucker 2-25) by three wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary
Bermuda took the lead in the three-match ODI series after beating Canada by three wickets in a closely-fought game, reduced by rain to 36 overs-a-side, at the Maple Leaf North-West Ground in King City.
Bermuda needed nine runs from the final over after debutant Chris Foggo had set up the chase with a watchful 60. Jakon Edness, the No. 7 batsman, had taken strike after tail-ender Ryan Steede managed to scramble two runs at the end of the previous over. Edness played out the first ball from medium-pacer Henry Osinde for no run but sealed the game with a six and a four off the next two deliveries.
Foggo, the Man of the Match, and Steven Outerbridge, began the chase slowly, adding only 17 in the first seven overs before Outerbridge was caught behind off Osinde for eight. After that Fogoo started pushing for the runs, while Oronde Bascombe stayed cautious at the other end. In their partnership of 59, Bascombe only scored 19 and was caught by Osinde in offspinner Qaiser Ali's first over.
Qaiser picked up a second wicket in his next over as Bermuda's required run-rate shot up to more than seven an over. It was captain Irving Romaine's cameo 13-ball 21 that gave the chase a much-needed boost - in 2.5 overs he added 34 with Foggo - and when he fell Bermuda needed 42 off 44 balls. Having gone for 14 runs in his third over, Qaiser came to repair the damage in his fourth by removing Foggo when Bermuda needed 33 off 38 balls. While the required run-rate had come down to over five an over, Bermuda were steadily losing wickets - they lost two more by the 34th over. But Edness and Steede held their nerves to steer their side to victory with three balls remaining.
Earlier, Ashish Bagai's half century went in vain for Canada. Though, in going for runs, they lost five wickets for 37 in the last five overs, it was Canada's third-wicket partnership between Ian Billcliff and Bagai that prevented them from posting a more competitive total. The two added only 27 runs in 9.1 overs. So even while none of Bermuda's batsmen played a substantial attacking innings, the visitors were able to chase down Canada's 155, suffering only a few scares in the process.
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