Canada v Bermuda, 3rd ODI, King City July 1, 2008

Samad ton gives Canada consolation win

Cricinfo staff

Canada 276 for 9 (Samad 130, Bagai 84, Tucker 4-56) beat Bermuda 199 for 7 (Romaine 60, Outerbridge 56) by 76 runs

Ashish Bagai on his way to 84 © Eddie Norfolk
Abdool Samad slammed his maiden ODI hundred and added 217 runs for the third wicket with Ashish Bagai, who made 84, to star in Canada's 77-run consolation win over Bermuda in the third ODI in King City. Bermuda had already wrapped up the three-match series by taking a 2-0 lead.

Irving Romaine's decision to field brought early success for Bermuda when Kyle Hodsoll had Ruvindu Gunasekera caught behind and bowled Trevin Bastiampillai for zero to have Canada in a spot of bother at 21 for 2. However, Bermuda were made to wait for more than 37 overs to claim their next breakthrough after Samad and wicketkeeper Bagai got together for their mammoth stand. Samad was the more aggressive of the two, striking 12 fours and two sixes during his century, while Bagai faced 123 balls for his 84.

Canada, though, came back strongly, taking the last seven wickets for only 38 runs. They got their opening when Samad and Bagai were dismissed in the space of six balls. Tamauri Tucker, who had Bagai caught by Chris Foggo, went on to take three more wickets to finish with career-best figures of 4 for 56.

Bermuda began poorly in their pursuit of the 277-run target, falling to 33 for 3, with Eion Katchay taking the wickets of Foggo and James Celestine. Though Romaine and Outerbridge repaired the innings by adding 90, the fact that they had consumed 145 balls for those runs meant that Bermuda were behind the asking-rate. Outerbridge was bowled by Qaiser Ali for 56 in the 34th over, while Romaine, after scoring 60, became Katchay's third wicket. Trott and Hodsoll fell in quick succession, after which Jekon Edness, the wicketkeeper, and Delano Hollis, had no option but to bat out the overs in an unbroken 33-run stand as the required run-rate proved beyond their reach.