March 17, 2011

ICC World Cup 2011: Australia vs Canada

On 16th of March 2011, a match was played between Australia and Canada at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India. The toss went into the favor of Canada and they chose to bat first.

Hiral Patel and John Davison opened the innings for Canada. they both gave a solid start where the run rate went  more than 10 runs per over. In just 3.4 overs i.e, in 22 deliveries they scored 41 runs. This was the best start given by Canada in this World Cup and more over it was against the World number one team. After the total reaching 41, Canada lost its first wicket and Australians were back on track. The run rate dropped but it was more than 6 runs per over until second wicket fell. Hiral Patel scored a magnificent 54 runs in 45 deliveries that included 5 fours and 3 sixes. The run rate got dropped and the third wicket partnership resulted in 68 runs. After this fall, Australians were back in full form and managed to remove remaining 7 wickets giving 211 runs in total in 45.4 over (CAN - 211/7, 45.4 over). Australian Pace bowler Brett Lee took 4 wickets. 

Australia needed 212 runs in 50 overs and it was not an tough one for them. Shane Watson and Brad Haddin opened the batting innings for Australia. They both started off well and were playing really nice. The run rate was more than 6 runs per over. First wicket partnership was 183 runs. Brad Haddin departed after scoring 88 runs and Shane Watson departed scoring 94 runs. Captain Ricky Ponting did not stay till the end and he was back to pavilion after scoring only 7 runs. After the fall of 3rd wicket, Australia managed to complete their batting by successfully chasing the target of 211 runs. In 34.5 overs, Australia scored a total of 212 runs and lost only 3 wickets (AUS - 212/3, 34.5 over).

Australia won the match by 7 wickets. Man of the match went to Shane Watson for his beautiful all-rounding performance. Australia have not even lost a match in this World Cup so far.

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