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Canada seal upset win over Bangladesh

February 12, 2003 01:45 IST

Minnows Canada pulled off the first major upset of the World Cup on Tuesday, beating Test nation Bangladesh by a comfortable 60 runs in their opening Group B match.

Although Canada slumped after a positive start to be bowled out for a modest 180, their bowlers cashed in on a bouncy pitch to dismiss Bangladesh for just 120 in 27.2 overs.

Hannan Sarkar and Sanwar Hossain, who both made 25, were the only batsmen to offer sustained resistance, as the Canadians backed up accurate outswing bowling from the dreadlocked Austin Codrington, who took five wickets, and Davis Joseph with superb fielding.

Ian Billcliff top-scored for Canada with 42 but was one of two foolish run-outs as the North Americans failed to bat out their full 50 overs.

The 30-year-old Billcliff, who has played provincial cricket in New Zealand, struck six fours in 63 balls before batting partner Ashish Bagai called him for a run in the 37th over, and then refused to move himself.

Billcliff's dismissal followed that of St Kitts-born Desmond Chumney, who blasted a quickfire 28 with three fours and a six before running himself out in the 15th over.

Canada, playing in their second World Cup and first since 1979, had made a flying start against some wayward Bangladesh bowling, reaching 70 for two before Chumney's departure triggered a collapse.

Bangladesh, the 10th and most recent addition to the test-playing nations, came into the match expecting to beat Canada convincingly and would have been disappointed that their bowlers conceded 14 wides.

The Bangladeshis, who joined the top table when awarded test status in 2000, have not won a one-day international for 26 matches, a wretched run dating back to the 1999 World Cup in England.

They had targeted wins over Canada and Kenya on the strength of their batting, with anything above that as a bonus.

Bangladesh produced one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history with their 62-run victory over Pakistan in 1999.

Canada qualified for their second appearance in the cricket's showpiece event by beating Scotland in a third-place playoff at the 2001 ICC Trophy.

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ICC shd take back the TEST MATCH status from Bangladesh.

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You guys have done a magnificent job. Hats off to you. It doesnot matter whether u win the cup or not but u guys have ...

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Hats off to you Canada. You guys did a magnificent job out there. Doesn't matter whether u win or not. But u hv given it ...

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For failures of Indians One man team( Tandulkar) ICC also has to ban India too

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