Batting first, Canada got off to a bad start as they fell to 4-2 with Ali Khan (3-65) removing both Rodrigo Thomas for a duck and Srimantha Wijeyeratne for two. But Monty Desai’s side responded impressively and only lost two further wickets in the rest of their innings.
Ali Khan extended his lead as the leading wicket taker of the tournament and he now has 15 scalps from his 5 matches so far.
Canadian Opener Navneet Dhaliwal made 121 not out from 126 balls, while he was ably supported by both Nitish Kumar (58) and captain Davy Jacobs (57) in Canada’s overall score of 255-4. USA lost key opener Xavier Marshall (7) cheaply to the excellent Romesh Eranga (4-47) but Monank Patel (25), Steven Taylor (44) and Jaskaran Malhotra (50) led their recovery.
With three wins from four heading into the match, Team USA would have been confident of successfully chasing down the target but key run-outs to Patel and Taylor cost them dearly.
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Aaron Jones (33) kept their hopes alive but the tail failed to wag and they finished their 50 overs on 215-9. With the final day producing dramatic results at all 3 grounds, it meant that Namibia and Papua New Guinea finished in the top four and gained their One Day International status.
For USA tomorrow it will be their first One Day International match in 15 years against Papua New Guinea in the 3rd/4th place play-off as Namibia overhauled USA on Net-Run Rate to advance to the final vs Oman.