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Cricket World Cup: Australia overwhelm minnows Canada

World Cup Group A, Bangalore:
Australia 212-3 (34.5 overs) bt Canada 211 (45.4 ovs) by seven wkts

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Australia v Canada

Highlights - Australia knock out Canada (UK users only)

Australia continued their impressive form at the World Cup as the holders easily dispatched Canada in Bangalore.

Set 212 to win, Aussie openers Shane Watson (94) and Brad Haddin (88) put on 183 in 28.5 overs as the holders eased home by seven wickets in Group A.

The Canadians were already out of the running for a quarter-final place, yet they started well and Hiral Patel hit a fine 37-ball 50 as they reached 150-2.

But Brett Lee took 4-46 as the Aussies hit back and bowled them out for 211.

Canada's participation in the World Cup is now over after heavy defeats at the hands of Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and New Zealand, as well as a fine display against Pakistan and a five-wicket victory over Kenya.

Australia, who are now top of Group A, face Pakistan in Colombo on Saturday.

And after going a 34th successive World Cup game without defeat, they will have one eye on the quarter-finals, which get under way on Wednesday, 23 March.

It was not, however, all plain sailing for the 1999, 2003 and 2007 winners, especially as they had to contend with a whirlwind Canadian start after the minnows won the toss and decided to bat.

Hiral Patel on his way to fifty
Patel played beautifully to score his maiden ODI 50 for Canada

John Davison, who enjoyed some magical moments in his two previous World Cups, was playing in his last game for Canada at the age of 40 and, opening with 19-year-old Patel, was determined to have fun.

They blasted out of the blocks with a flurry of boundaries off Lee and Shaun Tait - the highlight coming when Patel played an outrageous back-foot drive over cover for six from a 92mph ball from Tait.

Davison smashed three fours before his knock was ended by Lee on 14, but Patel continued on his merry way, bringing up his maiden ODI half-century with a quick single before he slashed Watson to third man and was caught by Mitchell Johnson.

Zubin Surkari (34) and captain Ashish Bagai (39) steadied the ship and calmly led Canada to 150-2 in the 29th over, but when Bagai feathered behind that was the catalyst for the Candians to lose their last eight wickets for 61 runs, with Lee in particularly devastating form.

Aussie skipper Ponting was left furious with team-mate Steve Smith after they collided while the captain was taking a skied catch to dismiss Harvir Baidwan, but his mood will have improved as Watson and Haddin quickly set about chasing down the target of 212.

Watson smashed four sixes in 14 balls at one stage and, just when it seemed like he and Haddin were racing each other to a century, they both gave their wicket away as Davison snared Haddin and Watson holed out off Baidwan.

Ponting, short of runs in the tournament, suffered another failure with the bat when he tamely clipped Henry Osinde to Davison at square leg for seven, but it was too little, too late for Canada.

Australia's Shane Watson

Watson smashes huge six against Canada (UK users only)

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