Australia keeps record intact, tops Group A

Wed, Mar 16, 2011 9:56 PM

Australia keeps record intact, tops Group A
Australia raced to yet another win in a Cricket World Cup game on Wednesday when it beat Canada by seven wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

In a Group A game, Canada posted 211 in 45.4 overs and Australia, in its reply, ended at 212 for 3 in 34.5 overs.

Earlier, Canada got off to a flier thanks to young Hiral Patel (54: 45b, 5x4, 3x6), who took on Australia's pace bowlers with courage. Patel's effort was complemented by skipper Ashish Bagai (39) and Zubin Surkari (34) who added 68 runs for the third wicket. But thereafter was a steady fall of wickets as Canada slipped from 150 for 2 to 169 for 7.

For Australia, Brett Lee (4-46), Shaun Tait (2-34) and Jason Krejza (2-44) shared the wickets around.

In its reply, Australia was well served by a terrific 183-run opening stand between Shane Watson (94: 90b, 9x4, 4x6) and Brad Haddin (88: 84b, 11x4, 2x6). After Watson and Haddin fell, it was a mere formality for Australia to complete the final rites. Canada's best bowlers were Henry Osinde (1-53) and Harvir Baidwan (1-41).

Australia has now remained unbeaten in 34 Cricket World Cup games.

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