Canada v Ireland, ICC Intercontinental Cup, Toronto, 2nd day September 1, 2010

Canada stare defeat despite Osinde, Surkari heroics

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Canada 120 and 190 for 8 (Surkari 72, Gunasekara 47, O' Brien 3-19, Botha 3-25) lead Ireland 261 (White 84, O'Brien 57, Osinde 5-68) by 49 runs
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A five-wicket haul by Henry Osinde and a strong second-innings start anchored by Zubin Sukari helped Canada dominate most of the second day in Toronto, but Ireland struck towards the end to reclaim control. Andre Botha and Kevin O'Brien did most of the damage, picking three wickets each as Canada slumped from 151 for 2 to 190 for 8, giving them a lead of 49 over Ireland's first-innings effort.

Ireland began the day 70 runs ahead and it was due to Osinde that the six wickets remaining barely doubled the advantage. George Dockrell and John Mooney did not last long, and when Trent Johnston left the field retired hurt soon after, Canada would have hoped to run through the tail. Andrew White, however, ensured that Ireland retained the upper hand with a fighting 84 before he was the eighth man out, the last three wickets falling for the addition of only one run.

Canada's top-order began their reply with far more purpose than in the first innings, openers Ruvindu Gunasekara and Nitish Kumar adding 30 for the first wicket. Gunasekara played cautiously in the company of Surkari, and their second-wicket stand of 106 put Canada in sight of the lead.

Things quickly went pear-shaped for the hosts starting with Gunasekara's dismissal, bowled by Botha. Surkari was dismissed similarly and with Canada just 10 runs ahead it was left to Ashish Bagai to build the lead. Unfortunately there was no support at the other end as five wickets tumbled for the addition of 19 runs, O'Brien accounting for three of them. Bagai remained unbeaten on 31 at stumps.