Netherlands v Canada, Intercontinental Cup, Rotterdam, 2nd day July 16, 2009

Dhaniram and Ali revive Canada

Cricinfo staff

Canada 177 and 206 for 3 (Dhaniram 63*, Ali 60*) lead Netherlands 229 (Statham 57, Jyoti 3-59) by 163 runs

An unbeaten partnership of 131 between Sunil Dhaniram (63) and Qaiser Ali (60) restored Canada's hopes at Rotterdam, leaving the visitors on 206 for 3 at the end of the second day.

Netherlands' bowling attack struggled to find a decent length and any sort of consistency, allowing Canada to recover from their shaky start of 84 for 3. They finished with a lead of 163 and still have seven wickets in hand.

Ali brought up his 50 in style with a hefty slog sweep for six, clearing the boundary with ease off Daan van Bunge. In an equally impressive manner, Dhaniram cracked a cover drive for four to produce his half century off Pieter Seelaar.

Earlier in the day, Netherlands were bowled out for 229 - an advantage of 52 - with Nick Statham being the only man to produce a significant innings with 57, before being run out by Rizwan Cheema. Tom de Grooth was looking solid, but his innings was cut short at 36 by a handy stumping from Ashif Mulla off Umar Bhatti.

The pick of the bowlers were Sandeep Jyoti, taking 3 for 59 with some impressive offspin, and Zameer Zahir who took 2 for 31 from 17 overs.