Bermuda v Canada, Tri-series, 2nd match November 27, 2006

Dhaniram blasts Canada home

Cricinfo staff

Canada 239 for 5 (Dhaniram 63, Bagai 58*) beat Bermuda 235 for 8 (Hemp 55) by five wickets

Sunil Dhaniram drives during his match-winning 63 off 42 balls © Eddie Norfolk
A fine partnership of 91 in 13 overs between Ashish Bagai and Sunil Dhaniram enabled Canada to bounce straight back from their defeat against Netherlands as they overturned Bermuda by five wickets at Potchefstroom. The pair made a testing chase into a comfortable finish as Canada reached their target of 236 with 13 balls to spare.

Bagai followed up his half-century against Netherlands with a guiding innings from No. 3 while Dhaniram, who earlier bagged two wickets, provided the fireworks with 63 off 42 balls. He struck eight fours and a six with his half-century arriving off just 30 deliveries.

An opening stand of 66 in 12 overs had put Canada well on their way, but Bermuda fought back and at 138 for 4 the match was in the balance. However, even in their defeat to Netherlands the lower order had shown themselves to be capable batsmen and this time Dhaniram took charge.

Bermuda's innings had been held together by David Hemp's 70-ball 55, following on from his unbeaten 247 in the Intercontinental Cup match against Netherlands. However, Hemp's dismissal in the 46th over meant Bermuda couldn't quite make the most of their closing overs.