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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 19 February, 2003, 22:58 GMT

Sri Lanka crush Canada
Group B, Paarl, Sri Lanka 37-1 (4.4 overs) beat Canada 36 all out (18.4 overs)

Prabath Nissanka celebrates another wicket
Prabath Nissanka ended with figures of four for 12

Canada crumbled to the lowest ever one-day international score of 36 as Sri Lanka's opening bowlers produced a devastating opening spell.

Sri Lanka needed just 4.4 overs to reach their paltry target, although the minnows enjoyed a brief moment of celebration when Sanjayan Thuraisingam grabbed the wicket of captain Sunath Jayasuriya.

It was also the shortest match in World Cup history, Sri Lanka's victory in 23.2 overs comfortably beating the previous record of 41.4 overs when West Indies beat Scotland in 1999.

Chaminda Vaas, who took four wickets in the first over of Sri Lanka's last match against Bangladesh, was once again on fire and his pace and accuracy was matched by Prabath Nissanka.

The previous lowest one-day score was Zimbabwe's 38, also against Sri Lanka, while Canada themselves had the lowest World Cup score of 45 against England in 1979.

Not one Canada batsman reached double figures, their top-scorers being opener Desmond Chumney and captain Joe Harris who both made nine.

Vaas ended with bowling figures of three for 15, Nissanka four for 12 and Dilhara Fernando two for four.

Worst ever totals
36 Canada v Sri Lanka 2003
38 Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka 2000
43 Pakistan v West Indies 1993
45 Canada v England 1979
54 India v Sri Lanka 2000
Lowest World Cup scores
36 Canada v Sri Lanka 2003
45 Canada v England 1979
68 Scotland v West Indies 1999
74 Pakistan v England 1992
84 Namibia v Pakistan 2003

The problems for Canada began when John Davison fell in the second over, edging a legcutter behind for no score.

Canada never recovered.

Vaas, who claimed six for 25 against Bangladesh, trapped Fazil Samad lbw for nought with an inswinger as the batsman pushed half forward in the fifth over.

The left-arm seamer then removed Chumney with a lifting delivery that was edged behind before Ian Billcliff, Canada's best batsman, was leg before playing back to a ball which kept low.

Harris managed to survive the hat-trick ball but his side's struggles continued as Nissanka trapped both Nicholas de Groot and Ishwar Maraj leg before with the first two balls of his fifth over.

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He also missed out on the hat-trick but Canada were in deep trouble at 12 for six.

Harris lifted the gloom briefly when he drove Vaas through the covers on successive balls to take the total past 20 but he was out in the next over when a wild slash only resulted in him hitting his own wicket.

Paceman Fernando joined the Sri Lanka party to remove Thuraisingam and Ashish Bagai before Muttiah Muralitharan completed Canada's misery with the wicket of Austin Codrington.


Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya (captain), Marvan Atapattu, Hashan Tillakaratne Mahela Jayawardene, Aravinda de Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Russel Arnold, Chaminda Vaas, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Prabath Nissanka.

Canada: Ishwar Maraj, John Davison, Fazil Sattaur, Desmond Chumney, Ian Billcliff, Joseph Harris (captain), Nicholas de Groot, Sanjayan Thuraisingam, Ashish Bagai, Austin Codrington, A M Samad, Barry Seebaran.






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BBC Five Live's John Murray
"Not one of Canada's batsman made double figures"


Canadian captain Joe Harris
"Some players feared getting out rather than trying to score runs"



SEE ALSO
Group B table
18 Feb 03 |  Tables & Averages
Sri Lanka v Canada: Over by over
19 Feb 03 |  Team Pages
Have Your Say on Sri Lanka
04 Jan 03 |  Have Your Say
Have Your Say on Canada
04 Jan 03 |  Have Your Say



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