Skipper Ashish Bagai and Jimmy Hansra put on a 132-run partnership for the fourth wicket to fashion Canada’s first win in this tournament - a five wicket verdict over Kenya - at the Feroze Shah Kotla on Tuesday.
Both sides were coming into this game without enjoying success in this edition of the World Cup, and Tuesday’s game was a golden opportunity for one of them to finish on the winning side.
Canada will remember this day, while Kenya’s forgettable campaign simply continued.
Canada’s batsmen faltered, against Shahid Afridi’s spin, after they were 104 for 4 in the 34th over against Pakistan to throw away a chance of pulling off an upset win but against Kenya, led by the captain’s unbeaten 64 and Hansra’s 70, they opened their account.
Going by numbers Canada excelled against Kenya, which slummed to their fourth defeat in as many games. Canada’s highest score in three games prior to this was the 138 they made while chasing against Pakistan. On Tuesday, they made 199 for five after being reduced to 48 for three in the 12th over. Prior to this game, their average score in 12 matches versus Kenya was 156.