Namibia v Canada - ICC Intercontinental Cup – 1st Day’s Update
Canada 264/9 (92.0 ov) v Namibia - Namibia won the toss and elected to field
April 05: On the first day of the four-day match between Canada and Namibia in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup, hosts Namibia got hammered for 264 runs by the hands of Canada at Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek, Namibia.
Namibia, a country which has recently grown fond of the support managed to attract a decent crowd which had gathered in the capital to witness their side’s contest against Canada.
Fans were given something to relish early on, when Namibia grabbed the first wicket of the day as Canada lost their opener Nitish Kumar with only 13 runs on the board as the batsman walked back to the dressing room after giving a cameo appearance of five runs.
Then with 18 runs on the board, number-three batsman, Ruvindu Gunasekera, departed after scoring one run.
With the loss of two early wickets, Canada were under pressure, while the hosts were running wild, however, the tide changed in favour of Canada on the arrival of 35-year-old, Zeeshan Siddiqi, as he hammered a potent partnership of 22 runs with opener Hiral Patel.
It was then time for Canada to lose their third wicket of the day when Patel departed after playing an innings of 22 runs, leaving the side on a steady tally of 40.
Six runs later, Canada lost the services of Jimmy Hansra, who fell after scoring a run.
This brought Tyson Gordon on the crease, which trigged Canada’s dominance in the match as he alongside Siddiqi proved just too good for the Namibian bowlers.
This was the biggest partnership of the day, as the batsmen clobbered 112 runs together, shredding the Namibian bowling attack.
With the two batsmen steering their side, the crowd had gone numb as they were desperately waiting for their team to break the daunting partnership.
Finally with 158 runs on the board, Siddiqi, was caught after belting a stupendous knock of 87 runs.
However, Canada’s late-order gave a remarkable performance as Gordon went after smacking an innings of 42 runs, which was followed by the knocks 47 and 35 by Rizwan Cheema and Junaid Siddiqui as the side ended the day.
From Namibia, Sarel Burger and Craig Williams were the ace bowlers with four and three wickets to their names.