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Canada Cup Four Nation Twenty20 in Toronto 2008-09Comprehensive Cricket News, Latest Information and Live ball-by-ball Commentary.
Pakistan, Canada, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe will play four-nation tournament that runs October 10-13, 2008.Get the latest news of Canada Cup Four Nation Twenty20 →
- Friday, October 10: Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe.
- Friday, October 10: Canada vs Pakistan.
- Saturday, October 11: Canada vs Zimbabwe.
- Saturday, October 11: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan.
- Sunday, October 12: Pakistan vs Zimbabwe.
- Sunday, October 12: Canada vs Sri Lanka.
- Monday, October 13: Third-place playoff.
- Monday, October 13: Final.
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PAK v SL, T20 Final Match: Sri Lanka wins Canadian Twenty20 series
Oct 13, 2008Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by five wickets to win the Al Barakah Twenty20 International series on Monday.
Led by unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis' three wickets, Sri Lanka rebounded from a three-wicket loss to Pakistan on Saturday to win the final with six balls to spare before an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 10,000 at Maple Leaf Ground. Sri Lanka scored 133-5 off 19 overs in reply to previously unbeaten Pakistan's 132-7.
Pakistan opener Salman Butt hit a steady 44 but nobody could stay with him, and momentum was hard to gather as Mendis took 3-23 to give him 11 wickets in the series. He was named MVP of the tournament. Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene praised Mendis and the rest of his bowlers.
"It's hats off to them because they created pressure for the batsman," he said. Sanath Jayasuriya and Mahela Udawatte set about setting up Sri Lanka's first Twenty20 win over Pakistan, putting together an opening stand of 66 in seven overs, easily handling Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul. Jayasuriya hit two sixes in his 34-ball 40, and Udawatte one in his 19-ball 25. Spinners Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik stalled Sri Lanka's progress but Chamara Kapugedera's patient 17 ensured the target was reached.
PAK v SL, T20 Final Match: Sri Lanka 133-5 (19.0 overs) beat Pakistan 132-7 (20.0 overs) by 5 wickets
ZIM v CAN, T20 3rd Place Match: Zimbabwe crush Canada in T20 Cup
Oct 13, 2008Hosts Canada were massacred by Zimbabwe to clinch the third place in the inaugural T20 Canada Cup on Monday.
Set a stiff target of 185, Canada were crushed by Zimbabwe, handing them down a 109-run defeat at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club ground at King City. Only middle-order batsman Abdool Samad resisted the Zimbabwe attack, scoring 29 off 30 balls. Hamilton Masakadza, who set the tone for the match by scoring 79 off 52 balls, was declared the man of the match.
Opener Hamilton Masakadza and Chamu Chibhabha set the tone for their team's highest Twenty20 International score with an efficient second wicket partnership of 89 in 10.1 overs. Zimbabwe was asked to bat first by Canada, whose atrocious fielding and tardiness in the outfield resulted in close to another 30 additional runs for their opponents.
After Chibhabha departed for 40 off 35 balls in the 12th over with the total at 93, Masakadza dominated a third wicket 40-run stand with wicketkeeper/batsman Tatenda Taibu before he was brilliantly stumped down the leg side by Ashif Mulla off medium pacer Abdool Samad in the 16th over for 79 off 52 balls with three sixes and eight boundaries. It was the highest individual total so far and the best score by a Zimbabwean in eight Twenty/20 Internationals.
ZIM v CAN, T20 3rd Place Match: Zimbabwe 184-5 (20.0 overs) beat Canada 75 (19.2 overs) by 109 runs
CAN v SL, T20 Match 6: Sri Lanka edge out Canada
Oct 12, 2008Rizwan Cheema's defiance at the top of the Canada order failed to prevent Sri Lanka from recording a 15-run in the Twenty20 quadrangular series on Sunday.
Opener Cheema hit 68 off 44 balls - including four fours and six sixes - but Canada nevertheless fell short of Sri Lanka's total of 153 for seven from their 20 overs. Ajantha Mendis and Dilhara Fernando combined to help dismiss Canada for 138 after 20 overs, the former taking four wickets - including that of Cheema - and Fernando three.
Balaji Rao had done his best to stem Sri Lanka's scoring early on with three wickets but a series of solid cameos - the most effective of which came with Mahela Jayawardene's 35 off 21 balls - meant Canada were always facing a stiff task. The Canadian batsmen failed to follow Cheema's example, with the hosts' second-highest score coming from Sunil Dhaniram, who hit 16.
CAN v SL, T20 Match 6: Sri Lanka 153-7 (20.0 overs) beat Canada 138 (20.0 overs) by 15 runs
PAK v ZIM, T20 Match 5: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets
Oct 12, 2008Pakistan cruised to a seven-wicket victory over an outclassed Zimbabwe in the four-nation Canada Twenty20 tournament on Sunday with opener Shoaib Khan taking man of the match honours for his 50 runs.
Pakistan will face Sri Lanka, who edged Canada by 15 runs, in Monday's final. Zimbabwe started brightly and were 62-1 at one stage before losing seven wickets for just 45 runs as they struggled to 107-8.
Shoaib and Salman Butt, who made 33 not out, put on 96 for the second wicket as the Asian giants reached their target with one over to spare.
PAK v ZIM, T20 Match 5: Pakistan 110-3 (19.0 overs) beat Zimbabwe 107-8 (20.0 overs) by 7 wickets
PAK v SL, T20 Match 4: Pakistan edge Sri Lanka in Toronto cricket thriller
Oct 11, 2008Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets to win their Toronto Twenty/20 clash with just one ball to spare on Saturday.
Pakistan made 141-7 with man of the match Shoaib Malik making an unbeaten 42 after Sri Lanka, who rested skipper Mahela Jayawardene and spin wizard Ajantha Mendis, had hit 137-9 off their 20 overs. Pakistan were struggling at 91-7 at one stage following a four-wicket return for debutant Kaushalya Weeraratne, but Malik and Fawad Alam added 50 in four overs in front of packed King's City ground.
Malik hit the winning boundary off the penultimate ball to send Pakistan top of the table in the four-nation tournament which also features makeweights Canada and Zimbabwe. Pakistan had needed 13 from the final over but Alam slammed his third six and Malik then sealed victory with consecutive boundaries off Nuwan Kulasekara.
When Sri Lanka batted, opener Sanath Jayasuriya smashed consecutive boundaries off Shoaib Akhtar, but fell next ball when he top-edged to fine leg. Mahela Udawatte and Jehan Mubarak added 51 for the second wicket but the middle order struggled to push on against Shahid Afridi and Malik.
However, the main late action came from paceman Umar Gul who finished with four wickets. Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka are expected to meet in Monday's final.
PAK v SL, T20 Match 4: Pakistan 141-7 (19.5 overs) beat Sri Lanka 137-9 (20.0 overs) by 3 wickets
CAN v ZIM, T20 Match 3: Zimbabwe beat Canada in bowl-out
Oct 11, 2008Zimbabwe scored a 3-1 bowl out victory over Canada after the scores were deadlocked at 135.
Canada blew an excellent opportunity of scoring an upset when substitute Abzal Dean's misfield running in from the mid-wicket boundary went for four and allowed Zimbabwe to move within two runs of their target off the last ball. Trinidad & Tobago-born Dean was on the field for vice-captain Abdool Samad who was unwell.
Wicketkeeper/batsman Tatenda Taibu led Zimbabwe in scoring with 37 off 38 balls to clinch the Man of the Match award. He also featured in three dismissals behind the wicket, but missed two stumping opportunities off left-arm spinner Ray Price.
Canadian medium pacer Harvinder Baidwan, who picked up two wickets off of the first two balls of the final over to give his team a chance of their first win in the tournament, finished with 3-27 off four overs while all-rounder Rizwan Cheema took 2-19 after being Canada's top run producer with a lightning knock of 23 off 11 balls with two sixes and two boundaries.
CAN v ZIM, T20 Match 3: Zimbabwe 135-9 (20.0 overs) beat Canada 135-7 (20.0 overs) in bowl-out (3:1)
SL v ZIM, T20 Match 2: Sri Lanka coasts to five-wicket win over Zimbabwe
Oct 10, 2008Sri Lanka's latest spin sensation Ajantha Mendis took three wickets and was named man of the match as his side clinched a five-wicket win over Zimbabwe.
Mendis finished with 3-15 from three overs after ripping the heart out of the Zimbabwe middle order including dismissing Prosper Utseya with his 'carrom ball', which turns away from the right-handers. Tatenda Taibu, the former captain, finished on 45 to push Zimbabwe to 106-8 off 17 overs in match shortened by the damp outfield at the King's City venue.
Sri Lanka openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Udawatte put on 36 in four overs, before Udawatte was caught behind. Left-arm spinner Ray Price bowled an economical spell which yielded two wickets including debutant Jeevantha Kulatunga and Dilshan.
Thilina Kandamby and skipper Mahela Jayawardene were both run out as Zimbabwe reduced the Asian side to 77-5 before Chamara Kapugedera and Farveez Maharoof saw their side home. On Saturday, Canada face Zimbabwe while Sri Lanka tackle Pakistan.
SL v ZIM, T20 Match 2: Sri Lanka 107-5 (16.0 overs) beat Zimbabwe 106-8 (17.0 overs) by 5 wickets
PAK v CAN, T20 Match 1: Shoaib enjoys winning Pakistan return
Oct 10, 2008Controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar marked his return to international cricket by taking two wickets to help Pakistan to a 35-run win over Canada in the four-nation Twenty 20 tournament at Toronto on Friday.
Shoaib, who last played for the national team against India last December before a spectacular fallout with the Pakistan Cricket Board, struck in his first over when he removed Abdool Samad and Mohammad Iqbal. The 33-year-old finished with 2-11 although he suffered the indignity of being pulled for six by Rizwan Cheema.
Pakistan opener Salman Butt was man of the match for his 74 off 56 balls as the Asian giants made a modest 137-7 before Canada were restricted to 102 for 9. Cheema and Manoj David added 52 for the third wicket to give Canada hope but once David was removed by Umar Gul, the home side lost their next six wickets for just 37 runs.
Pakistan were made to work for their runs and when skipper Shoaib Malik (9) was dismissed, they were 63 for 3 following the losses of debutant Shoaib Khan (9) and Younis Khan (13). Butt's contribution was decisive with Misbah-ul-Haq (17) the next highest scorer.
PAK v CAN, T20 Match 1: Pakistan 137-7 (20.0 overs) beat Canada 102-9 (20.0 overs) by 35 runs
ICC announces officials for twenty20 event in Canada
Oct 06, 2008The International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday announced match referee and umpire appointments for the upcoming Twenty20 International Tournament being held in King City, Ontario (Canada) from October 10 to 13.
2007 World Twenty20 runners-up Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Canada are taking part in the four-day competition.
Former New Zealand Captain Jeff Crowe has been appointed Match Referees while the on-field umpires will be Mark Benson (England) and Karran Bayney (Canada).
Cricketers leave for Canada Cup Twenty-20
Oct 06, 2008After their departure to Toronto for the quadrangular Canada Cup Tournament was held up by two days, due to unavailability of flights, the Sri Lankan cricket team finally left the island for the Twenty-20 Tournament last night.
The quadrangular tournament comes as a welcome move for the Sri Lankans, who haven’t played any Twenty-20 cricket since the last year’s T-20 World Cup in South Africa. "We haven’t played any Twenty-20 cricket at all since the World Cup and leading up to the Twenty-20 World Cup in England next year, we haven’t got any games lined up as well. So it’s vital we take this tournament seriously," Sri Lanka’s coach Trevor Bayliss told ‘The Island’ yesterday.
Apart from hosts Canada, Pakistan and Zimbabwe are the two visiting teams in the four day competition. Sri Lanka will play the curtain raiser of the tournament on Friday against Zimbabwe and after games against Pakistan on October 11th and Canada on October 12th, the best two teams will play the final of the tournament on 13th of October at the Maple Leaf Stadium in Toronto. Sri Lanka will be without the services of wicket keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who underwent surgery on his right index finger in Australia recently. Tillekeratne Dilshan is expected to keep wickets and is named as the vice-captain of the side.
34-year-old uncapped, all-rounder ,Jeevantha Kulatunga makes his first appearance in the senior side while all-rounder Dilhara Lokuhettige has been named in the team after being in the sidelines for three years. Farveez Maharoof, who last played for Sri Lanka in February in the tri-nation competition in Australia is also back in the side after injury while good performance in the ‘A’ team tour to South Africa has earned hard hitting batsman Thilina Kandamby a place. Kaushal Weeraratne, who was part of the Asia Cup squad, also returns to the senior side after missing the ODIs against India at home.
The Sri Lankans have rested veteran seamer Chaminda Vaas and ace spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for the tour. West Indies were the third visiting team to take part in the tournament, but after a request by them to postpone the series by two weeks was turned down, they pulled out of the series and were replaced by Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka Squad: Mahela Jayawardene ( Capt), Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Udawatte, Chamara Kapugedera, Jehan Mubarak, Thilina Kandamby, T. M. Dilshan (V. Capt), Farveez Maharoof, Thilan Thushara Mirando, Nuwan Kulasekera, Ajantha Mendis, Dilhara Fernando, Jeevantha Kulatunga, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Kaushalya Weeraratne.
Toronto T20 tournament schedule announced
Sept 17, 2008Pakistan will take on Canada in the opening match of next month's Toronto Twenty20 cricket tournament, according to the program unveiled Wednesday by organizers.
Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe are the other teams in the four-nation tournament that runs Oct. 10-13. The Toronto event will be the first major cricket tournament for Pakistan since July, when it hosted the Asia Cup.
The International Cricket Council had to postpone the Champions Trophy in Pakistan this month when South Africa announced it would withdraw and other teams, including Australia, England and New Zealand, expressed security concerns over traveling to Pakistan.
"We hope the Twenty20 tournament will be a big success and be an annual affair," said tournament organizer Nauman Nabi.
All teams play each other in the single league format with top two advancing to the Oct. 13 final.
Cricket comes of age in Canada; wins recognition from Ottawa
June 20, 2008Propelled by the avid enthusiasm of hundreds of thousands of recent immigrants, cricket has finally come of age in Canada - about 150 years after it was once regarded as the country's national sport.
The federal government announced Friday it was officially recognizing the game, elevating its formal stature and making it eligible for much needed public funding. "It's a tremendous day for cricket," said Ben Sennik, president of Cricket Canada, the umbrella organization that speaks for the sport and is responsible for the Canadian national team.
The recognition, which follows a decade of lobbying, means an immediate grant of $77,000 for 2007-2008. While it's a modest sum, Sennik could barely contain his delight. "We need every dollar, the way we are developing," he said. "In the past, we have been scraping through."
Canada is no stranger to the pastime, with reports of games played here as far back as the mid-18th century. The country's first prime minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, declared it Canada's national sport in 1867 and Cricket Canada itself was established in 1892. However, the game was quickly overtaken by baseball in importance.
In recent years, interest has risen to a new level with the influx of immigrants from cricket-crazy areas such as Pakistan, India and the Caribbean, as well as from other Commonwealth countries such as Australia, South Africa and the U.K. A happy Toronto taxi driver, Ahmad Choudhuri, began pontificating about Canada's place in the cricket world immediately after hearing about Ottawa's decision. "They have a lot of good players over here," said Choudhuri, who played the "gentleman's game" as a boy in India. "If they want, they can have a really good team. If they get funding, they can get a very good team."
About 40,000 people in Canada are registered as cricket players with their provincial associations - the best of them barely qualifying even as semi-professionals. As many as 50,000 others are estimated to play regularly and schools are increasingly getting in on the game as well. Ottawa is committed to spending $164 million a year supporting more than 50 different sports, and Secretary of State for Sport Helena Guergis welcomed cricket to the fold.
"It is an exciting day for cricketers for Cricket Canada, as a national sports organization, to have the opportunity to be recognized by the federal government," Guergis said. Cricket Canada used the opportunity to show off the national team's natty new uniform - grey with a red stripe on the sides of the shirt and pants, with a splash of yellow on the sleeves.
National teams from Scotland, Ireland and Bermuda, along with international powerhouse the West Indies, are all due to visit for games this summer.
Canada Cricket TeamThe Canada cricket team is the national cricket team representing Canada in men's international competition. It is run by Cricket Canada.
While Canada is not sanctioned to play Test matches, the team does take part in One Day International matches and also in first-class games (in the ICC Intercontinental Cup) against other non-Test-playing opposition, with the rivalry against the United States cricket team being as strong in cricket as it is in other team sports. The match between these two nations is in fact the oldest international fixture in cricket, having first been played in 1844.
Canadian cricket has tended to take a lower profile than most other sports, and the team tends to be composed of expatriates from more successful cricketing nations either trying to achieve a level of international experience or having been deemed too old for their respective national teams. The 2003 World Cup squad, for example, contained players born in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and the West Indies.
Perhaps the most successful exponent of Canadian cricket has been all-rounder John Davison. Davison was born in Canada but played club and — occasionally — first class cricket in Australia, achieving a reputation as something of a journeyman. Taking advantage of his Canadian birth, he became a regular in the national squad. At the 2003 World Cup, Davison hit the fastest century in tournament history against the West Indies in what was ultimately a losing cause. One year later, in the ICC Intercontinental Cup against the USA, he proved the difference between the two sides taking 17 wickets for 137 runs (the best haul in first-class cricket since England's Jim Laker took 19 wickets in 1956) as well as scoring 84 runs of his own.