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Australia v Canada, Group A, World Cup 2011, Bangalore

Rusty Australia swamp fighting Canada

The Report by George Binoy

March 16, 2011

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Australia 212 for 3 (Watson 94, Haddin 88) beat Canada 211 (Patel 54, Lee 4-46) by seven wickets
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Shane Watson plays the slog-sweep, Australia v Canada, Group A, World Cup, Bangalore, March 16, 2011
Shane Watson hit the longest six of the World Cup, a 104 metre monster over long-on © Getty Images

By the time Shane Watson and Brad Haddin were launching the ball with frightening regularity into sparsely populated stands at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Australia had taken control of a game that extended their unbeaten run in World Cups to 34 matches, and vaulted them from fourth to first in Group A. Though the margin of victory - seven wickets with 91 balls to spare - was huge, they did not have it easy throughout. Canada ambushed them with the bat, and then created some chances with the new ball. Australia's pace and power eventually swamped them but Ashish Bagai's team exceeded expectations in their final World Cup appearance.

When Bagai chose to bat, the probability of an early finish in Bangalore increased significantly, but Australia's inevitable supremacy was delayed by an extraordinary attack from 19-year-old Hiral Patel, who batted fearlessly to score a rapid half-century off the world's fastest bowlers. After the labour against Kenya, Ponting had said he wanted to win this convincingly but it wasn't until the 29th over, by which time Canada had reached 150 for 2, that Australia began to dominate.

Their surge was led by the wayward Shaun Tait, who had Bagai edging to Haddin. The ball was now scruffy and had begun to reverse. In his next over, Tait wasted a review on an unsuccessful lbw appeal for the second time, not spotting an inside edge from Zubin Surkari. He floored Surkari, though, with his next two balls, a toe-crushing yorker followed by a full toss that struck the batsman painfully on the thigh. Rattled, Surkari attempted a flamboyant drive after getting back on his feet, and inside-edged on to middle stump.

Smart Stats

  • Brett Lee's 4 for 46 is his second-best figures in World Cups behind his 5 for 42 against New Zealand in 2003. He has 30 wickets in 15 matches at an average of 18.53.
  • Canada's 54 runs in the first five overs is the highest for any team in the first five overs of an innings in the 2011 World Cup. They brought up their fifty in just 4.4 overs.
  • From a healthy score of 150 for 2, Canada collapsed to 211 losing their last eight wickets for just 61 runs.
  • The 77 runs scored by Canada in the mandatory Powerplay is the fourth highest by any team in the World Cup. The highest is 87 by India against South Africa in Nagpur.
  • The 183-run stand between Shane Watson and Brad Haddin is the highest opening-wicket partnership for Australia in World Cups.
  • Haddin and Watson became the 32nd Australian pair to aggregate 1000 runs in ODIs. They have now aggregated 1131 runs at an average of 49.17 with three century stands.
  • Watson was dismissed for the second time in the nineties in ODIs. Adam Gilchrist has been dismissed six times in the nineties which is the record for an Australia batsman.
  • Australia won with 91 balls to spare in the innings. In matches in the 2011 World Cup, it is second to their win over New Zealand in Nagpur in terms of balls remaining. Their record remains the win over Ireland in 2007 when they had 226 balls remaining.
  • Ricky Ponting, who has scored 1620 runs in World Cups at an average of 45 has been poor in this tournament. He has scored just 83 runs in four innings at an average under 21.

Between those wickets, Jason Krejza dismissed Jimmy Hansra, whose attempted hit down the ground landed in long-on's hands. Brett Lee, who bore the brunt of the early onslaught, returned to uproot Rizwan Cheema's middle stump with a slower ball. Canada lost four wickets in four overs, and five for 19, and were soon dismissed for 211. Having struggled in the field with his injured pinky, Ponting was unhappy, and his frustration showed when he collided with Steve Smith moments before catching Harvir Baidwan. Ponting flung the ball into the ground after taking the catch.

The build-up to the game was quiet: the Wednesday crowd was thin, the atmosphere sedentary. And then Patel woke everybody up. Using Lee's width and pace, he played two cuts. By the time you blinked, the ball had reached the boundary. He took a third four off Lee's first over with a drive through extra cover. Against Tait, who had focused on bowling full and fast without success, Patel moved back and slammed a length delivery over the cover boundary. After three overs, Canada were 33 for 0.

There was no memorable swansong for 40-year-old John Davison, who was playing his final game. After three attacking boundaries, he gloved a slower bouncer from Lee to Haddin, ending the opening stand on 41, Canada's best of the World Cup.

Davison's dismissal did not deter Patel. He brought up Canada's 50 off 4.4 overs by edging an attempted loft off Mitchell Johnson so hard that it cleared third man. Realising Patel was at ease with balls in his half, Lee unleashed several short balls and even wanted a chat, but Patel did not bite. And when Lee bowled one short ball too many, Patel hooked, and cleared deep-backward square leg. He reached his half-century off 37 deliveries, and after the mandatory Powerplay, Canada were 77 for 1. Patel's innings ended when, in the 12th over, he went hard at Watson and Johnson held the catch on the edge of the third-man boundary.

Australia slowly brought the run-rate under control. It finally dipped below six in the 19th over. Surkari and Bagai, however, batted steadily during their 68-run association. They steered Canada towards a commendable position before Australia's fast bowlers came back strongly - Lee finished with 4 for 46 - and set the stage for their batsmen.

Haddin and Watson both survived uncertain moments against the new ball before settling in to score at a steady pace. They were tested by Henry Osinde, a well built Uganda-born fast bowler who got the ball to bounce at pace and beat both Haddin and Watson with short balls. Harvir Baidwan could have dismissed Watson on 2 but Rizwan Cheema dropped the lofted mis-hit at mid-on. Haddin could have been dismissed on 23 but Ashish Bagai decided not to review an unsuccessful lbw appeal from Baidwan. Replays showed it was likely to have been overturned.

Thereafter opportunities for Canada were few. Haddin and Watson dominated the bowling during the batting Powerplay - 41 runs between overs 21 and 25 - and were soon finding the boundary at will. Both batsmen missed their centuries, though, holing out to catches in the deep, leaving the finish to their mates in the middle order.

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Posted by Richard on (March 18, 2011, 1:39 GMT)

@q4Qasim-Not so, my friend. We Aussies don't think we're invincible nor do we consider other teams are 'kids' as you say. The reason for our team's success is that we've had some strong players, we play as a team- not as individuals, and we never give up. You are correct, however, in suggesting that Pakistan have a good chance of beating us. Whether they will do this will all depend on who performs on the night. It should be a great game.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 17, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

welll done canada. good fight............

Posted by Muhammad on (March 17, 2011, 4:38 GMT)

Canadian team is like kid in front of Australia team. On Saturday 19th March, 2011 Pakistani team will stop their journey of success in consecutive matches. If Pakistani cricket team play with confidence then Australian cricket team can get taste of losing match. All cricket lovers waiting for that match. Majority people are looking for Australian defeat but no team become successful since 1999 world Cup.Now if Pakistani Cricket team play well no doubt they can give defeat to any team in this world Cup 2011. The only problem is proper strategy. If Australian team have proud on their strength then why other teams have lack of confidence? Now it is time to stop Australian cricket team from more success and give hope to other teams. What is the greatest point of success in Australian team?. They consider other teams players like kids.They have high proud and thinking no one can give them defeat.If the opposition team play with confidence and courage nothing can stop them from win.

Posted by Rajaram on (March 17, 2011, 0:48 GMT)

I am happy that things are falling into place for Australia.The openers have CONSISTENTLY been posting big partnerships, thus laying a good platform for the batsmen to follow - whether batting first, or chasing. As expected, Brett Lee is the glue of the attack.Ricky Ponting's faith in retaining the SAME Team for all the matches speaks admirably of him.No tinkering.Faith does wonders - and WILL do wonders in the matches to come. Australia are getting to be a well -oiled machine, peaking at the right time, ready to take the world Cup for the fourth successive time.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 17, 2011, 0:25 GMT)

good played aussies!!! keep it up,,,,,,,,,, world cup is yours

Posted by John on (March 17, 2011, 0:18 GMT)

Come on guys.... Watson holed out at long on, but how on earth do you figure Haddin "holed out to a catch in the deep"??? Since when is a strangle down the legside to the wicketkeeper "holing out in the deep"??? Tsk tsk. Not really too concerned that Haddin and Watson missed their tons, A) the first half of their innings were very streaky so they probably didn't deserve tons, and B) who wants their first world cup ton to come against an associate side in the group stages AFTER you've already qualified?

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 16, 2011, 22:58 GMT)

As an australian supporter, I am over pontings attitude and hes not performing very well either... He needs to go and bring back david hussey for white and nannes in for kreza we can use part time spinners we need nannes to make a stronger bowling attack

Posted by M on (March 16, 2011, 22:32 GMT)

Well the equation is pretty simple for Australia from here... Win and they finish top of the table ... Lose and they finish 3rd... At least they don't have to worry about NRR etc... just go out and do the job. Strange to think that Pakistan would be Australia's first challenge in the WC - given the washout game... I think Australia definitely holds the mental edge against Pak... let's hope our boys get a few runs under their belts going into the Knockout Stage.

Posted by Warrick on (March 16, 2011, 22:31 GMT)

Geez Ricky......how old are you? I haven't seen temper tantrums like that since under 11's. Wake up to yourself matey!

Posted by Trey on (March 16, 2011, 22:20 GMT)

What, nothing about Australia's unconvincing bowling or Ricky losing his temper? Whats going on in this forum?

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