Cricket: Australia cruise home
Shane Watson and Brad Haddin put on a commanding opening stand of 183 to lead Australia to a seven-wicket win over Canada yesterday, lifting the defending World Cup champion atop Group A with one league game left.
Australia's vaunted pace attack endured an early batting onslaught from fearless teenager Hiral Patel, who bludgeoned a dazzling 37-ball half century that helped Canada reach 50 faster than any team in the tournament.
But Brett Lee took 4-46 to lead the Australian recovery as Canada were bowled out for 211 in 45.4 overs. Watson (94) and Haddin (88) recorded Australia's best opening partnership at a World Cup as the defending champions reached their target in the 35th over, finishing 212-3.