|Under 19 World Cup Qualifier: Ireland, July-August 2011|
Canada edge out Scotland in thrilling climax
ICC Media Release
Canada played Scotland in one of the shortened games and produced one of the thrillers for the day. In a contest reduced to 35 overs a side, Canada posted 212 for 3 in the stipulated overs at the North County Cricket Club.
Opener and Man of the Match Nitish Kumar scored an unbeaten 100 off 93 balls, to score the first century of the tournament, with 11 boundaries and two sixes to power Canada to an impressive total. He got good support from Kyle Edghill (36) and Rayyan Pathanís unbeaten 44 off 24 balls helped give Canada the momentum.
Scotland lost wickets early on, but the innings was revived thanks to a fifth wicket stand of 76 runs between Peter Ross (43) and Aman Bailwal (63: 56b, 7x4, 1x6). Scotland thereafter suffered a late-order collapse. Left to get 11 runs in the final over, Scotland was bowled out for 206 with two balls to spare.
Jobanjot Singh (4-39), Pathan (3-36) and skipper Kesavan Juvarajan (2-29) shared the wickets around for Canada.
Kumar was thrilled to have played a part in the exciting win for Canada: "I started off a bit slow. It was seaming around a bit and the pitch was a bit damp. But once I scored 16 runs off one over, it got me going. I made the most of the batting powerplay. They bowled well, so I ran lots of singles to break the momentum. They batted well and sensibly in the chase. But our bowlers were amazing. This win will give us a lot of confidence."