Canada loses to Chhattisgarh in Cricket

A depleted Canadian side dropped its second straight match to a spirited Chhattissgargh team by 34 runs on Tuesday.

Canada hs been without the services of skipper Ashish Bagai as he recovers from an ankle injury sustained earlier in the tour, hard hitting opening batsmen Rizwan Cheema (Visa), and key members of the seam bowling attack in Khurram Chohan (VIsa) and Umar Bhatti (Knee).

Harvir Baidwan (4-53) and Hiral Patel (107 from 113 balls) led the way for Canada in this high scoring affair.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Chhattissgarh ammased a heafty 331 for 8 in 50 overs behind a spectacular innings by MP state and Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen Harpreet Singh. The stylish and hard hitting left hander batted superbly knocking 122 runs from 170 balls including 12 fours, and 2 sixes, building a key partnership with Prakar Roy (62).

Hiral Patel (107 from 113 balls) led the Canadian reply scoring his maiden century and dominated Chhattisgarh bowlers to the delight of the crowd that grew as the match progressed. Key batting contributions from Tyson Gordon (33) and Karl Watham (40*) put Canada within reach, however the dwindling light of the early Raipur evening made the conditions difficult and in the end, the boys in red fell 34 runs short of the target.

Canadian coach Pubudu Dassanayke was upbeat about the performance of his young side.

"Of course we’d like to have won our first two matches here in Raipur, but we’re seeing some excellent competition for the vacant spots on the world cup roster. We’ve had centuries from both Hiral (Patel) and Ruvindu (Gunasekera) who were both key members of Canada’s 2010 u19 CWC squad, and a couple of solid innings from Nitish (Kumar)."

Dassanayke continued

"It has been a challenge in these conditions where very little assitance is offered to the bowlers. This is what we will face in the World Cup, and we’re making good progress match by match."

The Canadian’s will complete their stay in Raipur with a match on the 25th before for heading to Nagpur for the next leg of the training tour.

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