Openers Power Australia To Victory Over Canada
Australia 212-3 (Watson 94, Haddin 88) beat
Canada 211 (Patel 54, Lee 4-46) 7 wickets
ICC Cricket World Cup Group A, Bangalore
Australia overcame a shaky start to beat Canada by seven wickets in their ICC Cricket World Cup Group A match in Bangalore.
Canada failed to make the best of a good start when they were bowled out for 211 before Australia, thanks to commanding half-centuries from openers Brad Haddin and Shane Watson, reached 212 for three in quick time.
Hiral Patel cracked an aggressive half-century opening the batting but after Canada's top order set up a good platform, the lower order folded against the Australian attack.
Brett Lee (4-46) and Shaun Tait (2-34) bore the brunt of Patel's early assault, which included one six over cover off Tait and two more maximums in a 45-ball whirlwind display of attacking batting.
John Davison, playing his final game of international cricket, gloves Lee to Haddin having made 14 before Zubin Surkari (34) and Ashish Bagai (39) helped carry on the good work started by Patel.
However, reigning champions Australia bowled themselves back into the game with a steady stream of wickets slowing down the Canadian charge with Karl Whatham (18) and Harvir Baidwan (17) the only other players to reach double figures.
Off-spinner Jason Krejza returned two for 44 and was only one of two Australians to complete ten overs - the other being Mitchell Johnson, who took one for 43.
Watson then made his way to 94 in 90 balls, hitting nine fours and four sixes and Haddin hit 11 fours and two sixes in making an imperious 88 in 84 balls.
The pair added 183 for the first wicket to end any slim chances Canada had of getting anything out of the game before Watson fell to Baidwan and Haddin to Davison.
Australia's third wicket fell when Ricky Ponting was caught by Davison off Henry Osinde for seven.
Unbeaten as the match was wrapped up in the 35th over of Australia's innings were Michael Clarke, on 16, and Cameron White on four.
Australia had already qualified for the quarter-finals while Canada were unable to progress any further.
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