Friday 24 November 2017

Cricket: Australia cruise home

Australia's Ricky Ponting (R) collides with Steven Smith as he takes a catch to dismiss Canada's Harvir Baidwan during their World Cup game in Bangalore. Photo: Reuters
Australia's Ricky Ponting (R) collides with Steven Smith as he takes a catch to dismiss Canada's Harvir Baidwan during their World Cup game in Bangalore. Photo: Reuters

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.

Irish Independent

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