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Who would have predicted that: Canada's maiden win at World Cup, Bangladesh's 27th consecutive ODI loss

Canada's John Davison 2-15 against Bangladesh

In our new feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


Bangladesh had lost 26 consecutive ODIs going into this game. Still, a Test playing nation was expected to get the better of a group of part-timers in Canada who were playing in only their second World Cup after a gap of 24 years and still searching for their maiden win at a World Cup.


Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud had been quite realistic at the start of the 2003 World Cup. Mashud had said before the tournament began that the team's aim was to defeat Kenya and Canada in the preliminary league, which also included matches against the stronger teams like South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka.


Match Summary


Canada 180(49.1 Overs) - Desmond Chumney 28 (25), Ian Billcliff 42 (63); Mashrafe Mortaza 2/38 (8), Sanwar Hossain 2/26 (10)


Bangladesh 120(28 Overs) - Hannan Sarkar 25 (35), Sanwar Hossain 25 (24); Austin Codrington 5/27 (9), John Davison 2/15 (5)


Result - Canada won by 60 runs


Everything seemed to be going to plan for the Tigers when they bowled their opponents out for 180 at Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa. Canada, who made their only other World Cup appearance in 1979, qualified this time after finishing third in the ICC Trophy tournament for non-Test playing nations back home in Toronto in 2001.


Ian Billcliff was their main scorer with 42, playing the seaming ball better than any of the Bangladesh batsmen.


Mashrafe Mortaza who went on to captain Bangladesh, was by far their best bower in the game, picking up a fifer. Tapash Baisya also claimed four scalps.



 Fall of wickets: 1-18 (John Davison, 5.1 ov), 2-47 (Ishwar Maraj, 11.5 ov), 3-70 (Desmond Chumney, 14.3 ov), 4-92 (Joe Harris, 21.6 ov), 5-104 (Nicholas de Groot, 23.5 ov), 6-130 (Fazil Sattaur, 34.3 ov), 7-134 (Ian Billcliff, 36.2 ov), 8-146 (Ashish Bagai, 39.5 ov), 9-159 (Sanjayan Thuraisingam, 43.3 ov), 10-180 (Austin Codrington, 49.1 ov)


Bangladesh reached 33 without loss with the bat, only to lose their next 10 wickets for the addition of just 87 runs. Hannan Sarkar and Sanwar Hossain top-scored with 25 apiece, but four fell without scoring while two others failed to reach double figures.


Austin Codrington was the hero for the Associate nation, the seamer - born in Portland, Jamaica - claiming five for 27 in his nine overs. He took the last three wickets for just one run, sealing a stunning triumph when he had Mohammad Rafique caught by John Davison for 12.


Fall of wickets: 1-33 (Al Sahariar, 6.2 ov), 2-44 (Habibul Bashar, 9.3 ov), 3-46 (Hannan Sarkar, 10.4 ov), 4-76 (Ehsanul Haque, 15.2 ov), 5-106 (Sanwar Hossain, 20.5 ov), 6-108 (Alok Kapali, 21.6 ov), 7-108 (Khaled Mashud, 22.3 ov), 8-119 (Tapash Baisya, 25.2 ov), 9-119 (Mashrafe Mortaza, 25.4 ov), 10-120 (Mohammad Rafique, 27.6 ov)


Canada's first win ever in cricket's showpiece was their second success over Bangladesh in three outings and once again sparked the debate over whether international status came too early for the Tigers.




Bangladesh - Hannan Sarkar, Al Sahariar, Habibul Bashar, Ehsanul Haque, Sanwar Hossain, Alok Kapali, Khaled Mashud (c & wk), Mohammad Rafique, Tapash Baisya, Mashrafe Mortaza, Manjural Islam 


Canada - Ishwar Maraj, John Davison, Desmond Chumney, Ian Billcliff, Joe Harris (c), Nicholas de Groot, Fazil Sattaur, Ashish Bagai (wk), Sanjayan Thuraisingam, Austin Codrington, Davis Joseph


Match Details


Match: Bangladesh v Canada, 5th Match, ICC World Cup, 2003 

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 

Toss: Canada won the toss and opt to bat 

Venue: Kingsmead, Durban 

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Brian Jerling 

Third Umpire: Arani Jayaprakash 

Match Referee: Gundappa Viswanath 


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