Ireland v Canada, Intercontinental Cup, Dublin, 3rd day August 9, 2008

Dhaniram counterattacks before the rain

Cricinfo staff

Canada 141 for 5 (Dhaniram 70*) trail Ireland 326 for 6 dec by 185 runs

Sunil Dhaniram's 70 from 90 balls steadied a wobbling Canada reply to Ireland's 326 for 6 on the third day of their Intercontinental Cup match at Dublin. Only 37 overs were possible, however, due to the Malahide mizzle.

Canada resumed on a precarious 31 for 3, and a mid-morning capitulation looked to be on the cards when Qaiser Ali was caught behind off Peter Connell in the second over of the day. Connell took his second four overs later when he had Arvind Kandappah caught for just 5. Canada were tottering nowhere on 52 for 5.

Yet all the while, Geoff Barnett did his best to anchor Canada's reply and stroked four fours in his unbeaten 35. It was left to the former captain, Dhaniram, to take the initiative and he did so with 12 fours and a six during a fine counterattacking fifty.

Dublin's drizzle cut short play after 53 overs and, with one day to go, a draw seems the most inevitable result. Yet with the hosts, Scotland and Namibia all within touching distance in the table, tomorrow represents a good opportunity for Ireland to boost their points in the crowded top three.