CANADA CUP T20 - Quarter Final Games & Semi Final Games The Canada Cup T20 which kicked off on the 30th August between INDIA, SRI LANKA, PAKISTAN, WEST INDIES, BANGLADESH & the WORLD X1 was played at the Elson Cricket Grounds in Markham and 6 Teams representing 24 Cricket Playing nations competed fiercely to win the prestigious CANADA CUP T20 Champions Trophy. This unique Cricket Tournament which was well organized was sponsored by Meleni David Law office and Hon Bob Delaney MPP Mississauga, Mr. Logan Kanapathi (Councilor Ward 7, Markham) together with the lead sponsor Meleni David officially kicked off the inaugural Canada Cup T20 and the first two teams to take the field were India & Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka vs. India   & Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh – Quarter Finals
Sri Lanka beat India by 9 wickets and went on to beat Bangladesh by 4 wickets to qualify for the Semifinals with the help of Sri Lankan star bowler Jatheesan Vijayakumar (4 wickets for 8 runs against India and 2 wickets for 7 runs against Bangladesh) and Tiran Yahathugoda (35 not out against India which includes 2 sixes and 3 boundaries).

India vs. Bangladesh – Quarter Finals
 India who had lost to Sri Lanka in the opening game managed to recover quickly and scored an impressive 176 for 3 wickets against Bangladesh with Indian batsman Rishi Kanjani scoring the fastest 50 of the tournament to help India secure a place in the Semi Finals.

Rishi is the great grand son of India’s first National Cricket Captain C K Nayudu and he made his family proud by scoring 89 runs which included 6 classic sixes and snatched 3 wickets for 29 runs to help bowl out the Bangladesh Team for 114 runs.
 Bangladeshi Skipper Kiron Ahsan did well to score 45 runs which included 6 boundaries to help the Bangladesh team cross the 100 mark despite his hamstring injury.

West Indies vs. Pakistan & West Indies vs. World X1 – Quarter Finals

West Indies entered the tournament facing Pakistan in their opening game and were able to beat Pakistan by 4 wickets and World X1 by 3 wickets to qualify for the Semi Finals.  

Ian Baldeo performed well with the ball and helped the Windies Team secure a comfortable win against Pakistan by snatching 4 wickets for 20 runs and recorded a hat-trick against the World X1 side.
Austin Codrington was also helpful as he took 2 wickets for 5 runs against Pakistan while Surendra Seeraj (20) and Zamal Khan (19) made no mistake with the bat to beat Pakistan.
Raj Maraj (45) and Jason Patraj (43) were instrumental in recoding a good score (157 for 3) which helped the West Indians secure a very comfortable win against the World X1 Side.Pakistan batsman Khyber Khan was clearly the best batsman of the Pakistani side and he recorded 29 runs against the West Indies while Pakistan bowler Mustafa Qamar took 4 wickets for 13 runs against the West Indies.

Pakistan vs. World X1

After a bitter defeat in the hands of the West Indian team Pakistan fought hard to get back into the tournament.  Pakistan all rounder Khyber Kahn (36) and Bilal Qazi (22 not out) helped the men in green enter the Semi Finals.   Khyber entertained the crowd with 3 massive sixes and 2 boundaries and a good spell of bowling which helped him snatch 3 wickets for 9 runs.


Semi Final Games:
Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan  
Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat.
The Pakistani batsman were given no room to settle down as wickets were falling at regular intervals with Lankan bowlers  Sanjay Thuraisingham, Dilan Rathnapala and Daminda Amarasinghe  limiting the Pakistani side to a score of 101 runs. 
Sri Lankan opener Srimantha Wijeratne ( 46) and world record holder for T20 Cricket Danuka Pathirana  with a quick 41 runs which included 3 sixes and 2 fours helped the Lankans secure a spot in the Finals.

India vs. West Indies.
India won the toss and put West Indies to bat.
West Indies opener Surendra Seeraj (44) and Andre Brown (44) got off to a very good start.
The windies batsman punished the Indian bowling attack to record the biggest score of the tournament 211 for 4 in 20 overs. 
 Zamal Khan (31), R. Chatergoon (40 not out), Ian Baldeo (26 not out)

India was not able to bat the whole 20 overs and was limited to just 5 overs of batting as heavy rains forced the game to be called off.
The Umpires decided to name the West Indian team as the winners in accordance to the D/L Method.
West Indies won the game by 65 runs to enter the Finals.
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