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When Canada Stunned Bangladesh In World Cup Game

On this day in cricket, when Canada defeated Bangladesh in a low scoring match at Kingsmead Durban, South Africa in 2003 cricket world cup. Canada was featured in this world Cup after 1979.

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Last updated: 11.02.2021
When Canada Stunned Bangladesh In World Cup Game

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11th February 2003 – It was just two days when the eighth edition of World Cup 2003 had begun before came the major upset out of nowhere, when Canada (Associate nation) defeated Bangladesh in a low scoring match at kingsmead Durban, South Africa. Canada was featured in this world Cup after 1979 (did not qualify from 1979-1999)  and Bangladesh was the test playing nation by that time and had some great talents in the team.

 

The tournament was hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya which featured 14 teams were divided into two groups. 54 games were played and the top three teams from both the groups moved to the super six stage, followed by four teams in the semi-final game. It was the same world cup when Kenya (only non-test playing nation to make this possible) team qualified for the semi-final where they were defeated by team India eventually.

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Also the same world cup when the fastest bowler Shoaib Akhtar clocked the surreal record of fastest delivery ever bowled in the cricket history of 161.3 km/p (100.23 mph) in the pool against England. Namibia made their world cup debut in 2003, while teams like Canada and Netherlands have been featured in the past world cups cricket history. South Africa, Pakistan, England and West Indies all were knocked out in the group stage round and have failed to qualify for the next round.

 

Where at one side Australia defeated Pakistan by 82 runs to start their world cup campaign. Canada on the same day started their world cup campaign with the most shocking and first upset of the tournament by defeating the strong side of Bangladesh with 60 runs in the Group B game. It was the only victory for Canada in the tournament 6 games they have featured while they lost the other 5 games and later failed to qualify for the super six stage. For the Bangladesh team they have lost 5 games out of 6 (one match against West Indies was ended in no result).

 

In the group B third game, Canada won the toss and decided to bat first but could only manage to score 180 runs in just 49.1 overs. 23 extras was the fourth highest score in the Canada team scoreboard.  The target for Bangladesh was 181 with less than 4 runs per over, hardly anyone could have been thought about the second innings surreal collapse.

 

Bangladesh started the chase in a very confident way with 33 runs on the board without the loss of wicket. By the end of 15th over, Bangladesh was 76/3 at one stage. But with the addition of 44 runs on the scoreboard the Bangladesh innings was all out at the score of 120 runs and eventually lost the match by 60 runs. Austin Codrington picked up 5 wickets for 27 runs in 9 overs spell which includes 3 maidens also. In the Bangladesh total 16 runs were extra so they have only managed to score 102 runs against the complete underrated side.

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