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November 30, 2006
Canada 179 for 7 beat Bermuda 178 for 9 (Mukuddem 57, Codrington 4-33) by three wickets
Canada swept past Bermuda by three wickets in the fourth one-dayer of the ICC Tri-series on Thursday.
Bermuda never really recovered from losing three wickets in the first four overs - including that of David Hemp - each to Henry Osinde. Bermuda's score might have been worse if a straightforward catch, and a harder chance to the slips, had been taken. Saleem Mukuddem was comfortably the top-scorer for Bermuda, with 57, including four fours, and he was ninth man out before the last wicket pair saw out their 50 overs as Bermuda made 178.
Canada lost their opener, Sandeep Jyoti, early on but Abdool Samad and Desmond Chumney put on 66 for the second wicket before both fell in quick succession. In spite of chasing a modest total, Canada's innings was a stuttering affair. Several batsmen got starts before wasting their wicket - and it appeared the batsmen were too keen on an early finish, and the prospect of a bonus point.
But Umar Bhatti showed the right amount of patience at No.7, batting calmly and sensibly as Canada won by three wickets with more than 10 overs to spare.
Canada meet Netherlands on Friday in a match that is likely to decide the winners of this Tri-Nations series.
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