A skipper’s knock by Navneet Dhaliwal and a career-best T20I spell by Harsh Thaker steered Canada to victory. Dhaliwal’s unbeaten 54 off 27 was laced with 3 fours and 4 sixes, as Canada achieved victory with 5.3 overs remaining.
Having restricted Bahrain to 131/8, Canada’s Rayyan Pathan and wicketkeeper Shreyas Movva steadied the ship after Matthew Spoors fell early. Pathan looked in ominous form during his 26-ball 38 but was dismissed in the eight over. Movva and Dhaliwal paced their innings without taking risks before the eventful 14th over. Bowling his second over, leg-spinner Junaid Aziz’s broke the partnership when Movva was caught by George Axtell off the third ball for 32. A wide ball was followed by a single by Hamza Tariq.
Dhaliwal’s blitz fetched Canada 19 with 3 sixes, including a no ball, to leave them needing just 8 off 36
balls. The skipper struck another mighty maximum to wrap up the win.
Thaker had produced a magical spell of 4-20 to deny Bahrain a big total. The right-arm off-spinner
triggered a middle-order collapse to restrict Bahrain to 131/8. David Mathias and Haider Butt came together with
the team in trouble at 31/3 inside the Powerplay overs.
Openers Muhammad Younis and captain Sarfaraz Ali were sent back to the pavilion by Canada’s left-arm
quicks Kaleem Sana and Rishiv Joshi. First change bowler, Saad Zafar, met with immediate
success in the fifth over. The left-arm orthodox bowler got rid of Shahbaz Badar with a well-taken
Mathias and Butt arrested the slide as they stitched a partnership of 44 in 7.3 overs. Thaker got the
breakthrough off the first ball in his opening over. Mathias was caught and bowled by Thaker for 30 off
The 24-year old Thaker had the batters in a knot as he claimed the wicket of Butt in his next over.
Sikder Billah’s 21-ball 33, which saw him strike 4 fours and a six, helped Bahrain to push the score in
the death after they were reduced to 96/5. Thaker ended Billah’s entertaining knock to grab his fourth