Bangalore, March 13: Australia recovered from a slight middle-order slump to post a massive total of 324/6 against Kenya in their World Cup match at Bangalore's Chinnaswamy stadium. After Brad Haddin (65), Ricky Ponting (36) and Cameron White (2) departed in quick succession, Michael Clarke (93) and Mike Hussey (54) put on a stand of 114 runs to steady the ship. Nehemiah Odhiambo was the most successful bowler for the Kenyans, taking 3/57 off his 10 overs.
As expected Australia began their innigs on an aggressive note. In the second over, Shane Watson smashed Elijah Otieno for two fours and a six. In the next over he struck a boundary of Thomas Odoyo a nd was dropped off a caught and bowled chance next ball. Then Brad Haddin got into the act, hitting Otieno for two fours.
But Watson's belligerence was short-lived as he was caught behind of Nehemiah Odhiambo for 21 off 17 in the 8th over and Australia were 38/1. Then Haddin took a single off Odhiambo in the 12th over to bring up Australia's 50. Upping the ante, Ponting took two boundaries off the same bowler in the 14th over and Haddin subjected Otieno to similar treatment in the next over.
The batting duo were making hay while the sun shone, taking the score past 100 in the 20th over, before Haddin struck two fours of Jimmy Kamande in the following over.
Then the Kenya's struck back. In the 25th over, Kamande got rid of Haddin for 65 off 79 balls when he had hijm caught at deep midwicket and in the following over, Ponting was trapped in front by Collins Obuya for 36 off 54 balls.
The middle-order collapse was complete when Kamande bowled Cameron White in the next over for 2, reducing Australia to 143/4 in 27 overs. Then Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey put the house in order. They took Australia past 150 in the 28th over, 200 in the 36th over and 250 in the 43rd over, before Hussey was caught at long on off Odhiambo for 54 off 43 balls and Australia were 257/5.
Then Clarke pressed on with Steven Smith to take their side past 300 in the 48th over. A short while later, Clarke was caught at long on off Odhiambo for 93. Then some lusty hittingh from Smith and Mitchell Johnson took Australia to 324/6 in 50 overs.