Canada v Ireland, 1st ODI, Toronto

Canada secure tight Duckworth-Lewis victory

Cricinfo staff

September 7, 2010

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Canada 163 for 4 (Gunasekera 71, Bagai 64) beat Ireland 175 for 9 (Mooney 47, Chohan 3-25) by four runs (on D/L method)
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Canada captain Ashish Bagai cuts during his 64, Canada v Ireland, 1st ODI, September 6, 2010
Canada's captain Ashish Bagai once again made a key contribution © Bryan Vandenburg, Cricket Canada
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Bad light ruled out what would have been an intriguing final two overs in the first one-dayer in Toronto, but Canada won't be complaining as it secured them a surprise win over Ireland, the leading Associate nation, in a rain-shortened match.

Canada needed 13 off two overs and had just lost two batsmen who had scored half-centuries, Ruvindu Gunasekera and captain Ashish Bagai, when play had to be called off due to bad light. The match had already been curtailed to a 35-over affair after rain had delayed the start by three and a half hours.

Ireland had chosen to bat and despite none of their batsmen making a half-century, they posted a competitive total. Their top scorer was John Mooney, who came in at 78 for 4 and provided some stability with a brisk 47. Their only other batsman to make it past 20 was opener Paul Stirling as Canada's disciplined bowlers, led by Lahore-born fast bowler Khurram Chohan, struck regularly.

Canada's chase got off to a poor start with both openers falling cheaply. Gunasekera, playing his first ODI in two years, and Bagai then put the home side on course for victory with a 140-run third-wicket stand, before both fell in the space of six deliveries, leaving Canada needing a run a ball for the final 16 deliveries. Zubin Surkari and Jimmy Hansra added three off four deliveries before the light was deemed too poor to continue, consigning Ireland to defeat.

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