Dwayne Smith dazzles
DASHING Dwayne Smith hit a sparkling 66 and pacer Javon Scantlebury-Searles snared three of his four wickets in a first-over maiden to give Barbados a 33-run victory over Canada by the Duckworth-Lewis method in the Caribbean Twenty20 on Wednesday night at Kensington Oval.
After Smith smashed six sixes and three fours off 40 balls to lead Barbados to 139 for seven, Scantlebury-Searles ripped the heart out of the Canada batting, leaving them on 29 for five in six overs when a heavy shower at 11:20 p.m. prematurely ended play.
Scantlebury-Searles ended with four wickets for five runs in three overs while Tino Best took the other Canadian wicket for 23 runs, nine of which came from wide deliveries.
Smith shared an opening stand of 64 in 9.2 overs with the circumspect Kirk Edwards, who grafted 15 off 25 balls without hitting a boundary. Alcindo Holder chipped in with 19 off 17 balls with one six but Barbados only managed 39 runs in the final seven overs of their innings once Smith was well caught at long-off by Khurram Chohan off Jimmy Hansra, who was Canada’s most successful bowler with three for 22. Chohan also took two for 20 in four tidy overs.
In reply, the first five Canadian batsmen dismissed – Hiral Patel, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Nitish Kumar, captain Ashish Bagai and Tyson Gordon – all fell for “ducks” as they slumped to 15 for five in four overs.
Zubin Surkari (11 not out) and Hansra (8 not out) were at the crease when the rain gave Canada some respite from the Barbadian pacers, as West Indies’ fast-bowling spearhead Kemar Roach was about to start hisfirst over.
The victory carried Barbados to eight points from three matches ahead of their crucial final Group game against arch rivals Trinidad and Tobago on Friday night.