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August 3, 2013
Canada 366 for 4 (Kumar 103, Daesrath 110*) lead United Arab Emirates 116 (Patil 76*, Gordon 6-43) by 250 runs
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Centuries by Nitish Kumar and Damodar Daesrath put Canada in a commanding position on the third day at King City, after United Arab Emirates were bundled out for 116. Jeremy Gordon, the right-arm seamer, set the tone for Canada with a six-wicket haul - including a hat-trick - in his maiden first-class game for the country.
UAE resumed on 73 for 4, and it didn't take long for Gordon to strike, getting Rohan Mustafa caught behind for 4. Swapnil Patil, who remained unbeaten on 76, watched his partners depart in quick succession as UAE failed to maintain any stability. Harvir Baidwan took two wickets, reducing the tourists to 109 for 7, before Gordon cleaned up the tail. Gordon struck in the third ball of his 14th over, when Amjad Javed spooned a catch to mid-on. Gordon had the wicketkeeper Hamza Tariq to thank for his next two wickets, as Ahmed Raza and Mohammad Naved edged behind off successive deliveries, bringing the innings to an end within 40 overs.
Canada lost Hiral Patel early, trapped lbw to Javed, though he didn't appear satisfied by the decision. Kumar and Ashish Bagai then added 96 for the third wicket, taking Canada to the lead and strengthening their position in the game. Bagai was within sights of his fifty but fell for 43, caught at point off Naveed. Kumar reached his maiden first-class ton when he pushed Nasir Aziz wide of point. He fell shortly after reaching the milestone, trapped lbw by the legspinner Arshad Ali.
Canada accelerated as Daesrath smashed 16 fours and three sixes in his 110-ball 110, adding an unbroken 168 with the captain Jimmy Hansra. With the opening day washed out, Canada, leading by 250, could be looking at a declaration if they want to force an outright win with only a day left.
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