Chennai: A team that was defeated in the two warm-up games, has steadily marched ahead without any fanfare or the usual verbal spin that accompanies its winning exploits.
Australia continued to be the lone team that has remained unbeaten in the World Cup. While other contenders like India have suffered a loss in the past few days, the defending champion stayed on the success staircase.
Against Canada, that promised much in the beginning before losing the plot, Australia registered a comprehensive seven-wicket victory in a Group ‘A’ match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on March 16 night. It was Australia’s fourth victory in the premier tournament’s latest edition and the defending champion extended its overall unbeaten run in the World Cup to 34 matches.
Ricky Ponting, keen to get the wheels of consistency moving within his team, fielded a full-strength squad and with Shane Watson (94, 90b, 9×4, 4×6) and Brad Haddin (88, 84b, 11×4, 2×6) laying a firm foundation, Canada’s 211 was overcome in 34.5 overs.
Australia scored 212 for three and won with 91 deliveries to spare. The alliance between Watson and Haddin yielded 183 runs spread over 173 deliveries.
Scoreboard: Canada: Total (in 45.4 overs): 211; Australia: Total (for three wkts. in 34.5 overs): 212.