Pool B - 2003 World Cup

Bangladesh v Canada

At Durban, February 11, 2003 (day/night). Canada won by 60 runs. Toss: Canada. One-day international debuts: Canada (all).

Nearly four years after tearing up the World Cup form-book against Pakistan at Northampton, Bangladesh were themselves humbled by a Canadian side playing their first full international since 1979 and containing players born in eight different countries. Canada's hero was Austin Codrington, a 27-year-old apprentice plumber from Jamaica with flopping dreadlocks and an open-chested action, who unplugged the Bangladeshi batting with his wobbly medium-pace. His five for 27 was the third-best by a player on one-day international debut (behind Tony Dodemaide of Australia with five for 21 against Sri Lanka in 1987-88 and S. H. U. Karnain of Sri Lanka with five for 26 against New Zealand in 1983-84). At 106 for four in the 21st over, Bangladesh were on course, only for the last six wickets to tumble for 14 in 44 balls amid a flurry of panicky strokes. The Canadians, keen as mustard, celebrated each wicket with disbelieving leaps and hugs; the Bangladeshis, who had won none of their 43 Tests and one-day internationals since Northampton, simply looked stunned. Back in Canada, people were stunned as well, and the two national papers - the National Post and the Globe and Mail - made the result front-page news. After choosing to bat, Canada were given a decent start thanks to a clumping cameo from the St Kitts-born David Chumney, and a more patient 42 from Ian Billcliff, raised in New Zealand and the scorer of a first-class century for Otago. But from 70 for two, the innings petered out, and only a last-wicket stand of 21 lifted them to 180. It should not have been enough.

Man of the Match: A. Codrington. Attendance: 10,482.

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