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August 8, 2008
Canada 31 for 3 trail Ireland 326 for 6 dec (White 109*, O'Brien 75) by 295 runs
Andrew White cracked an unbeaten 109 as Ireland set about making up for lost time against Canada following the opening-day wash-out. The home side further advanced their position with three late wickets as Canada struggled to 31 for 3 at the close.
Ireland had won the toss on the opening day before rain prevented play, so they were presented with the challenge of battling some early moisture in the surface. At 142 for 4 the day was in the balance, but it was turned completely in favour of Ireland as White and Kevin O'Brien added 154 for the fifth wicket.
White struck 14 boundaries in his 141-ball effort, while O'Brien hit four sixes in his 65 before lofting a catch to long-on off Steve Welsh. Canada's fielding deteriorated as the day went on although the bowlers stuck to their task when the pitch flattened out under the sunshine.
It was Kyle McCallan, Ireland's captain, who capped their impressive performance by having a hand in all three Canada wickets to fall. He ran out opener Ruvindu Gunasekara and then, with ball in hand, dismissed Mohammed Iqbal, caught at silly point, and bowled Sami Faridi through the gate in consecutive balls during his fourth over.
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