JPN: A fantastic opening partnership between Shane Watson and Brad Haddin sealed the match for Aussies without any glitch, however, both missed out on deserving hundreds. Camreon White and deputy Michael Clarke finished the formality of win as Australia win by 7 wickets against Canada.

Chasing 212 for victory, Australia rode on Watson and Haddin's partnership to reach the target in 34.5 overs and extend their winning run in World Cups to 34 matches.

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Watson smacked 94 off 90 balls with the help of nine fours and four massive sixes, while Haddin's 88 came off 84 deliveries with 11 hits to the fence and two over it.

It wasn't, however, a walk in park for the Aussies before Watson and Haddin decided to break free, as they were made to toil hard for runs. Had Canada held onto the chances in the field, things could have got a bit tougher for Ricky Ponting and his men.

Rizwan Cheema gave Watson an early life when he dropped a skier at mid-on off Harvir Baidwan in the second over of the innings. And then, Nitish Kumar, running in from long-on towards deep midwicket, spilled one off leg-spinner Balaji Rao. The benificiery again, was Watson.

Baidwan and his partner Henry Osinde bowled to a decent line and length in their opening spells, but luck, probably, was not on their side.

Both Watson and Haddin didn't look flashy but were effective enough to deny the Canadians a breakthrough in the early part of the innings.

But as the innings went on, their partnership grew from strength to strength, with both finding the ropes at regular intervals.

Haddin uped the ante by lofting Rao over long-on for a six, and two over later, found the ropes twice off Osinde.

He then picked Cheema for three boundaries in the 24th over. The first one was cheeky as it went off the edge, but the second boundary Haddin hit was an example of how make use of the batting powerplay.

With the field inside the circle, Haddin slapped Cheema on the up over covers and then flicked one backward square leg to take Australia closer to their target.

Watson, before that, pulled Cheema behind square and, after watching his partner dealing in boundaries for a while, launched into Rao for two massive sixes.

The burly allrounder pulled a short one over deep midwicket and three deliveries later, slog-sweeped the leggie over wide long on for the second biggest six of the tournament.

Continuing his good run with the willow, Bagai played well for his 55-ball 39 before a wide slash off Tait led to his downfall. They, somewhat, lost the way after that.

Jimmy Hansra didn't last long as Jason Kreja had him caught at long on to account for the off-spinner’s second wicket of the tour.

Tait, meanwhile, was working up good pace, and had Surkari in all sorts of trouble when he hit the batsman near his abdomen. It worked as Surkari's middle stump was uprooted in the next ball.

Lee was not left far behind as he picked up his second wicket of the match by having Rizwan Cheema bowled in the next over.

The lower order tried their bit with debutant Karl Whatham and Harvir Baidwan playing cameos, but couldn't take Canada to a position they would have loved to be in after the enterprising start.

Canada skipper Ashish Bagai won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in Group A match at Bengaluru.

Australia team
BJ Haddin†, SR Watson, RT Ponting*, MJ Clarke, CL White, MEK Hussey, SPD Smith, MG Johnson, B Lee, JJ Krejza, SW Tait

Canada team
H Patel, JM Davison, ZE Surkari, A Bagai*†, AS Hansra, Rizwan Cheema, NR Kumar, K Whatham, HS Baidwan, WD Balaji Rao, H Osinde


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