ICC Intercontinental Cup at Dublin (Malahide), Aug 7-10 2008
(53 ov)
Match drawn
• Cricinfo staff

Dhaniram counterattacks before the rain

Sunil Dhaniram's 70 from 90 balls steadied a wobbling Canada reply to Ireland's 326 for 6 on the third day of their Intercontinental Cup match at Dublin. Only 37 overs were possible, however, due to the Malahide mizzle

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Scorecard summary
Ireland326/6d(88 overs)1st Innings
Canada141/5(53 overs)1st Innings
end of over 533 runs
CAN: 141/5CRR: 2.66 
Sunil Dhaniram70 (90)
Geoff Barnett35 (153)
Kyle McCallan20-6-53-2

Day 4

10.40 am Sensible decision from the Umpires play has been called off here, with the wicket very damp after the overnight downpour. Both sides will get three points. Join me, Chris Busby on Tuesday when these sides try again in an ODI at Clontarf.

10.30 am Well a big improvement, the lake has all but relocated off the outfield but unfortunately water has leaked onto the wicket, so the prospect of play looks bleak, I'll let you know when I hear anything

Match State: Stumps - Day 3

5.00 pm Play has indeed been abandoned for the day, and it looks unlikely that we will get enough overs to allow a result tomorrow - as I look out the ground resembles a lake. Join me tomorrow at 10.30am when hopefully we will get some more play

4.45 pm The rain continues to fall and I think we can safely say that will be it for the day, and if it continues to come down like this may affect tomorrows staring time. I expect play will be called off officially in around ten minutes...

4.30 pm Just as we were due to start after tea the skies have opened, the rain is really chucking it down now and I fear that may be it for the day- the sky really is very dark overhead. I'll keep you updated...

So a good fightback from Canada in that session and some lovely batting by Dhaniram. Join us in 20 minutes for the evening session

Match State: Tea - Day 3

McCallan to Dhaniram, no run
left alone outside the off-stump to bring us up to tea on the third day and it's Canada's session
McCallan to Dhaniram, 2 runs
goes for the big drive, a thick outside edge loops the ball over the covers and they come back for two runs
McCallan to Dhaniram, no run
McCallan to Barnett, 1 run
a rare run for Barnett, tucking a ball off his hip for a single through square-leg
McCallan to Barnett, no run
McCallan to Barnett, no run
more stodgy defence from Barnett on the front foot
end of over 525 runs
CAN: 138/5CRR: 2.65 
Sunil Dhaniram68 (87)
Geoff Barnett34 (150)
Kevin O'Brien6-4-5-0
O'Brien to Dhaniram, FOUR runs
driven again, this time he gets hold of the square drive, driving infront of point and races away to the rope
O'Brien to Dhaniram, no run
goes for the drive this time and a thick edge takes the ball in the air, but landing just short of the fielder at point
O'Brien to Dhaniram, no run
straight and very full, Dhaniram plays to point on the front foot
O'Brien to Dhaniram, no run
wide again from O'Brien and let go by Dhaniram
O'Brien to Dhaniram, no run
left alone on the backfoot
O'Brien to Barnett, 1 leg bye
hits the pad and they get a sharp single through square-leg
end of over 5116 runs
CAN: 133/5CRR: 2.6 
Sunil Dhaniram64 (82)
Geoff Barnett34 (149)
Kyle McCallan19-6-50-2
McCallan to Dhaniram, no run
McCallan to Dhaniram, SIX runs
straight back down the ground, it went very high and looked like it would be an easy catch for Fourie at mid-off, but the ball carried over his head and just cleared the rope
McCallan to Dhaniram, FOUR runs
skips down the wicket driving straight down the ground for four, bisecting mid-on and mid-off, probably the shot of his innings so far
McCallan to Dhaniram, no run
McCallan to Dhaniram, FOUR runs
short again and this time he really gets hold of it, pulling the ball from outside off-stump over mid-on for four
McCallan to Dhaniram, 2 runs
too short, pulled wide of mid-on and Dhaniram reaches fifty with two runs
Match details
The Village, Malahide, Dublin
TossIreland , elected to bat first
SeriesICC Intercontinental Cup 2007
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-1.10pm, Tea 3.10-3.30pm, Close 5.30pm
Match days7,8,9,10 August 2008 (4-day match)
First-class debut
Fintan McAllister
Ruvindu Gunasekera
Charlie McElwee
Sarika Prasad
PointsIreland 3, Canada 3