World Cup flashback: A dream comeback for Canada in 2003
Batting first, Canada were bowled out for 180 inside 50 overs, with Mashrafe Mortaza, Manjural Islam and Tapash Baisya troubling the Canadian batsmen with their pace
Making a comeback to the World Cup for the first time since 1979, Canada stunned Bangladesh by 60 runs at Kingsmead in their first match of the 2003 edition. Bangladesh, a Test-playing nation, with three years of international experience, were considered the favourites going into the match.
Batting first, Canada were bowled out for 180 inside 50 overs, with Mashrafe Mortaza, Manjural Islam and Tapash Baisya troubling the Canadian batsmen with their pace. Ian Billcliff (42), who played provincial cricket in New Zealand, came in at No. 4 with the score reading 47-2. He tried to steady Canada's innings and even smashed six boundaries, but failed to get enough support from the other end and was part of a foolish run out after a mix-up with Ashish Bagai, leaving Canada in trouble at 134-7. The chase looked easy with Hannan Sarkar and Al Sahariar providing Bangladesh the perfect start at 33-0 in six overs. But Bangladesh were suddenly reduced to 46-3, after Davis Joseph provided Canada the first breakthrough, having Al Sahariar caught at mid-on by substitute Abdool Samad.
Austin Codrington's fifer sealed the match in Canada's favour with the pacer being responsible for dismissing opener Sarkar, Alok Kapali, Mohammad Rafique, Tapash Baisya and Mashrafe Mortaza. Four batsmen failed to open their account as Bangladesh tumbled to 120 all out in 28 overs.
Did you know?
Bangladesh's Mahmudullah is the only batsman to score a century for his country at the World Cup, across five editions (1999-2015). The right hander crossed the three-figure mark twice in the 2015 edition, scoring 103 & 128* against England and New Zealand respectively.
Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara is arguably the best wicketkeeper in World Cup history for his 54 dismissals and five centuries - the most by any wicketkeeper-batsman.
Player to watch: Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav will have a major influence in India's spin bowling department during the World Cup. Yadav, who has claimed 87 wickets in 44 ODIs with his left-arm wrist spin should prove more than a handful for the opposition batsmen given the fine form he has been in. India will hope he can repeat last year's ODI performance on English wickets, where he picked up nine wickets in the three-match ODI series against England.
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