Canada v Afghanistan, Intercontinental Cup, 1st day

Hassan's strikes floor Canada

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 2, 2011

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Canada 21 for 4 (Hassan 4-12) trail Afghanistan 293 (Shenwari 70, Shahzad 56, Hussain 3-56) by 272 runs
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Fast bowler Hamid Hassan helped defending champions Afghanistan take control of their Intercontinental Cup match against Canada in King City. Hassan picked up four wickets to leave Canada floundering after Afghanistan were bowled out for 293 in their first innings.

Jimmy Hansra's decision to field seemed to have paid off as Canada started strongly, dismissing the Afghanistan openers within the first eight overs. However, an 82-run stand for the third wicket between Mohammad Shahzad (56) and Nawroz Mangal (28) steadied the innings. Shahzad and Mangal fell with the score on 106 to swing the momentum Canada's way again. But three steady partnerships for Afghanistan carried them to 293 before they were dismissed. Samiullah Shenwari top scored for Afghanistan with 70 while Zahid Hussain picked up three wickets for the hosts.

Canada's hopes of making a solid first-innings score were damaged when Hamid Hassan's four-wicket burst left them struggling at 21 for 4. Opener Ruvindu Gunasekara was the first to go for 10, lbw to Hassan in the third over. Hiral Patel, Zubin Surkari and Tyson Gordon soon followed - all three batsmen failing to reach double figures. At stumps, Harvir Baidwan and Hansra were at the crease, yet to open their account, with Canada trailing by 272 runs.

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Posted by   on (August 4, 2011, 13:15 GMT)

Hope our national team be the victor every where.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2011, 11:49 GMT)

Hamid Hassan is the best Bowler. Afghanistan is doing very well and they are the rising star in Cricekt

Posted by   on (August 3, 2011, 19:33 GMT)

I am proud to be an Afghan .I am eager to see my team playing against the top teams because they deserve to play the test nations .I hope in near future Afghanistan will be granted the test status INSHALLAH . ICC should arrange Afghanistan's series with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe ,which I think so are weaker than Afghanistan nowadays .

Posted by Classique24 on (August 3, 2011, 18:21 GMT)

Afghanistan is definitely in control so far in this game. Most of the Afghan players play First Class cricket in Pakistan and that helps. Canada is just starting to develop cricket at the grass root level and it will take some time to build the confidence of the younger players. Playing in overseas competitive leagues will also help the Canadian players. Hammad is a fantastic bowler with genuine pace. I don't know why Rizwan Cheema is not playing in this game but very happy to see Canada's best spinner Zahid Hussain playing. Jimmy Hansra does not have the experience of Cheema or a Zahid Hussain to captain the side. In Rizwan's absence Someone with some more experience should have been picked as captain. Anyhow it's cricket and you never know what can happen. One good inning or one good bowling spell can turn the game on its head. Good Luck Canada.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2011, 17:57 GMT)

afghanistan both side i mean batting and bowling support each other that why became hero in past and it will be in the future

BIG STAR HAMID HASSAN

Posted by   on (August 3, 2011, 17:57 GMT)

afghanistan both side i mean batting and bowling support each other that why became hero in past and it will be in the future

BIG STAR HAMID HASSAN

Posted by   on (August 3, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

afghanistan both side i mean batting and bowling support each other that why became hero in past and it will be in the future

BIG STAR HAMID HASSAN

Posted by   on (August 3, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

afghanistan both side i mean batting and bowling support each other that why became hero in past and it will be in the future

BIG STAR HAMID HASSAN

Posted by   on (August 3, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

afghanistan both side i mean batting and bowling support each other that why became hero in past and it will be in the future

BIG STAR of afghanistan is HAMID HASSAN

Posted by   on (August 3, 2011, 15:26 GMT)

well done Hassan superb bowling whish u get more wickets in this matche ......good luck................

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