Canada v Bermuda, 2nd ODI, King City June 29, 2008

Dhaniram heroics in vain as Bermuda claim series

Cricinfo staff

Bermuda 201 for 8 (Trott 48*, Outerbridge 42, Dhaniram 5-32) beat Canada 184 (Dhaniram 79, O'Brien 3-31) by 11 runs (D/L method)

Rodney Trott on the attack during his 48* © Eddie Norfolk
Bermuda claimed a tense 11-run victory against Canada despite Sunil Dhaniram's all-round brilliance and won the three-ODI series 2-0 in King City. Canada were chasing a revised target of 196 because of a shower during the lunch break but were dismissed for 184, out of which Dhaniram struck 79 off 86 balls to follow up his 5 for 32 that helped restrict Bermuda to 201 for 8. It was the second time in two days that Canada lost a close game.

A 78-run stand between Dhaniram and Harvir Baidwan (33) revived Canada after they had collapsed to 61 for 6 against Bermuda's medium-pacers, George O'Brien and Ryan Steed. O'Brien, in particular, was in top form, running through the middle order to finish with 3 for 31.

Dhaniram, however, brought Canada to a position from which they could push for victory - they needed 24 off 18 balls with two wickets in hand. The debutant Sami Faridi edged Stephen Outerbridge for four, after which Dhaniram whipped one to the fine-leg boundary to bring the equation to a run a ball. However, Dhaniram was bowled by one that kept low from Outerbridge and Bermuda had an opening. An injured Umar Bhatti walked out to bat with his hand in a sling, and soon enough, Faridi was run out while trying to farm the strike, handing Bermuda victory.

Earlier, Bermuda stumbled to 89 for 5 after they were put in by Canada. Jonathan Trott (48) and Outerbridge (42) added 72 runs for the sixth wicket, after which Jekon Edness scored a 47-ball 35. The recovery, however, was cut short by Dhaniram, who after trapping Outerbridge lbw, bowled three batsmen to finish with career-best figures of 5 for 32.