Bermuda facing elimination after 50-run defeat by Canada
Coolidge Cricket Ground (Bermuda won toss): Canada (2pts) beat Bermuda (0) by 50 runs
Bermuda were left staring straight down the barrel of elimination after suffering their second defeat at the ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier in Antigua today.
The national team went down by 50 runs against Canada in a lopsided contest at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.
Bermuda won the toss and backed themselves to get the job done in the field having sent their opponents in to bat.
It all looked promising when Kamau Leverock, the captain, made the breakthrough in the second over of the innings after removing opener Hiral Patel (1).
Bermuda then did well to restrict their rivals to 42 for one in the powerplay before opener Rayyankhan Pathan (52) and Navneet Dhaliwal (23), the captain, staged a fightback.
The pair added 54 for the second wicket before off spinner Allan Douglas Jr made the big breakthrough when he bowled Dhaliwal with his very first ball at the start of the ninth over.
Douglas and fellow spinner Delray Rawlins then tightened the screws, picking up quick wickets to keep the pressure on as the Canadians slipped to 98 for five in the space of five overs.
However, the innings took another twist as middle-order batsmen Hamza Tariq (63) and Harsh Thaker (28) capitalised on some loose bowling and fielding to revive the innings.
The pair produced some late fireworks in an unbroken 91 run partnership that ultimately powered Canada to 189 without further loss.
Rawlins, the Sussex all-rounder, was the pick of the Bermuda bowling with two for 33.
“The pitch had a little bit of zip early on,” Leverock said.
“I guess as the innings went through it flattened out a bit and we didn’t hit our areas as good as we could have.”
With an asking rate of nearly 10 per over, Bermuda got the chase off to rocky start after opener Douglas departed without scoring after offering an easy catch at backward square leg.
Fellow opener Tre Manders (20) and Dion Stovell (0) were then dismissed with no addition to the score as Bermuda quickly slumped to 35 for three in the eight over.
Manders, Bermuda’s most in form batsman at the tournament, was bowled around his legs by left-arm spinner Salman Nazar who then had Stovell stumped off his very next ball.
Leverock survived the next ball to deny the bowler the coveted hat -trick.
Bermuda’s batsmen continued to struggle picking the gaps against a stingy Canadian attack and were 29 for one after the powerplay.
With the run rate steadily climbing, the island’s batsmen were forced to step on the gas to try and keep pace and ultimately paid the price.
However, there was hope as long as Rawlins (38) and Leverock (33) were together at the crease.
The pair added 41 for the fourth wicket in five overs before Canada struck a mighty blow when Rawlins got a top edge and was held at square leg having offered chances in the field off the previous two balls that went unpunished.
Onias Bascome chipped in with 21 lower down the order and added 46 with Leverock.
But it came at a cost of five overs as the Canadian attack, backed up by some equally superb fielding, kept the flow of runs in check.
A late slide, which saw Bascome, Macai Simmons (0) and Leverock dismissed in the space of six balls and addition of two runs, completed the inevitable to revive Canada’s own qualifying hopes having suffered defeat against the United States the previous day.
Seamer Cecil Pervez (two for 34) and Nazar (two for 17) led a disciplined Canadian bowling attack.
Bermuda returned to the same ground to beat Panama, the bottom team in the seven-team round robin, by 90 runs.
Leverock made 54 as Bermuda amassed 185 for seven before restricting Panama to 95 for eight. Douglas claimed two for 17 and Rawlins two for 18.
H Patel c Rawlins b Leverock 1
R Pathan run out 52
N Dhaliwal b Douglas 23
R Singh b Rawlins 2
S Zafar lbw b Rawlins 6
†H Tariq not out 63
H Thaker not out 28
Extras (lb 3, w 9) 12
Total (5 wkts, 20 overs ) 187
C Pervez, D Heyliger, J Matharu and S Nazar did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-60, 3-64, 4-96, 5-98.
Bowling: Jones 4-0-31-0; Leverock 4-0-42-1; Rawlins 4-0-33-2; Burgess 3-0-35-0; Trott 1-0-10-0; Douglas 4-0-33-1.
A Douglas c sub b Zafar 0
T Manders b Nazar 20
D Rawlins c sub b Heyliger 38
D Stovell st Tariq b Nazar 0
*K Leverock c Nazar b Matharu 33
Onias Bascome lbw b Pervez 21
M Simmons b Pervez 0
†Okera Bascome not out 11
M Jones not out 4
Extras (lb 5, nb 2, w 7) 14
Total (7 wkts, 20 overs) 141
R Trott and Z Burgess did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-35, 3-35, 4-76, 5-122, 6-122, 7-124.
Bowling: Pervez 4-0-34-2; Zafar 2-0-11-1; Thaker 4-0-17-0; Nazar 3-0-17-2; Heyliger 4-0-31-1; Matharu 3-0-26-1.
Umpires: A Maddela and J Williams.
Third umpire: L Reifer.
Bermuda v Panama
Coolidge Cricket Ground (Bermuda won toss): Bermuda (2pts) beat Panama (0) by 90 runs
A Douglas Jr c Akalwaya b Bham Jasat 25
T Manders c Bhana Jasat b Hafejee 32
D Rawlins c Bhoola b A Ahir 12
D Stovell c and b Hafejee 23
*K Leverock c and b Bham Jasat 54
†Okera Bascome lbw b Hafejee 0
Onias Bascome run out 13
D Sabir not out 13
M Jones not out 1
Extras (b 5, w 7) 12
Total (7 wkts, 20 overs ) 185
R Trott and K Hodsoll did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-70, 3-72, rest n/a.
Bowling: K Ahir 4-0-41-0; Doria 1-0-16-0; Bham Jasat 4-0-25-1; N Ahir 3-0-25-0; A Ahir 4-0-33-1; Hafejee 4-0-36-1.
Mahmud Bhana Jasat b Rawlins 21
Mohmad Sohel Patel lbw b Jones 0
Anilkumar Ahir c Stovell b Douglas 1
Irfan Tarajia Hafejee b Sabir 29
*Yusuf Ebrahim Akalwaya lbw b Trott 7
Aslam Doria c Sabir b Rawlins 1
Rizwan Mangera not out 3
Abdullah Bham Jasat run out 6
Nikunj Ahir c Rawlins b Douglas 0
Yusuf Bhoola Bhoola not out 6
Extras (lb 6, w 15) 21
Total (8 wkts, 20 overs) 95
K Ahir did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-19, 3-45, 4-72, 5-73, 6-82, 7-88, 8-88.
Bowling: Jones 2-0-9-1; Hodsoll 3-0-11-0; Douglas 4-0-17-2; Trott 4-0-19-1; Rawlins 4-0-18-2; Sabir 3-0-15-1.
Umpires: L Reifer and E Carrington.
Third umpire: H Grewal.
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (Bahamas won toss): Bahamas 150-8 (20 overs; M Taylor 67, K Hinds 31; K Tillett 3 for 24); Belize 139-6 (20 overs; M Castillo 59, K Young 44; K Hinds 3 for 36). Bahamas (2pts) beat Belize (0) by 11 runs.
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (Argentina won toss): Argentina 90-7 (20 overs; M Siri 31); United States 92-2 (13.3 overs; Gajanand Singh 50 not out). United States (2pts) beat Argentina (0) by eight wickets.
P W L NR Pts NRR
United States 5 5 0 0 10 3.0821
Canada 4 3 1 0 6 3.9125
Bermuda 4 2 2 0 4 1.9750
Argentina 4 2 2 0 4 0.6158
Bahamas 4 2 2 0 4 -2.9875
Belize 5 1 4 0 2 -3.4707
Panama 4 0 4 0 0 -2.9173