Haddin, Watson keep Aussies unbeaten
Banguluru, India – Shane Watson and Brad Haddin were brilliant with the bat as Australia beat Canada by seven wickets to extend their unbeaten run in the ICC Cricket World Cup on Wednesday.
The pair put on 183, an Aussie World Cup record, as the defending champions moved to the top of Group A. Watson (94) and Haddin (88) pushed their side to 212-3 after they bowled out the Canadians for 211.
Australia took their unbeaten World Cup run to 34 matches and remain the only side without defeat at this tournament. Ricky Ponting’s squad can finish top of Group A with a win over Pakistan at Colombo on Saturday.
“I don’t think we’re far away from playing our best cricket. It’s always a great challenge playing against Pakistan because you’re just never really sure what they're going to turn up and do on the day,” skipper Ponting said.
“I think our guys are really excited now that we’re getting towards the bigger end of the tournament. We’ve got a big game coming up and then quarter-finals after that, so we're really excited about what the next week has in store for us.”
In the first 10 overs of the match the Aussies were hammered by fearless teenager Hiral Patel, who smashed a dazzling 37-ball half century that helped Canada reach 50 in seven overs. The 19-year-old Patel, playing in his 14th ODI, hit three sixes – including an amazing cut over cover-point.
However, pacer Brett Lee took 4-46 to lead the Australian recovery as Canada were bowled out for 211 with 32 balls left and that ended their challenge against their more experienced opponents.