Bangalore, March 16: Canada squandered a quick-fire and solid start as well as a robust follow-up against Australia to slip from 150/3 in 28.2 overs to 211 all out in 45.4 overs. Opener Hiral Patel top-scored with a breezy 54 before Zubin Surkari (34) and Ashish Bagai (39) consolidated in the early middle overs. Then the Aussie pace battery struck to effect a middle-order collapse. Brett Lee took four wickets each, Shaun Tait, two, while Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson and off-spinner Jason Krejza picked up one a piece.
Canada's inning got off to an uncharacteristically blistering start. Hiral Patel and John Davison tore into the Australian new ball. While Davison struck Shaun Tait for a four in the first over, Patel knocked three boundaries off Brett Lee in the second. Then Patel thumped a very fast ball from Tait for a six over extra cover and scurried a few singles as Canada moved to 33/0 in 3 overs.
It was Davison's turn to attack, smacking Lee for two consecutive fours before the bowler had him caught behind for 14 off 12 and Canada were 41/1 in 3.5 overs. But Patel wouldn't back down. His next victim was Mitchell Johnson, who got clobbered for a six and a four in the 5th over as the score moved past 50/0.
Lee then started bowling short of a length balls to Patel. But in the last ball of the 6th over, he erred to allow Patel to swipe him for a six over square-leg. The same batsman finally perished to Shane Watson when he top-edged a ball to third man. Canada were 82/2 in 11.3 overs.
Then captain Ashish Bagai and Zubin Surkari took their side past 100 in the 17th over and pressed on. The batting duo kept plugging away for ones and twos and welcomed the occasional boundary. In the 28th over, Surkari took two runs off Tait to bring up Canada's 150, but in the very same over, Bagai was caught behind for 39 off 55 balls and the minnows were 150/3. His wicket triggered a middle-order collapse.
Then just 7 runs later and in the 30th over, new batman Jimmy Hansra tried to go over the top when he was caught by Lee off Jason Krejza for 3. One over later, Surkari was bowled by Tait for 34 and then Rizwan Cheema followed his team-mates back to the shed when he was cleaned up by a slower one from Lee for 2. Canada has slumped to 161/6 in 31.3 overs.
Nitish Kumar was the next to depart. The teenager fell to Johnson for 7 and Canada were 169/7 in 36.3 overs. Harvir Baidwan played a few big shots before he was caught at mid off by Ricky Ponting off the bowling of Krejza for 17. Then Balaji Rao and Karl Whatham took their side past 200 in the 43rd over. Brett Lee bowled Balaji Rao for 5 and Canada and polished off the tail when he removed Whatham in a similar manner for 18. Canada had been bowled out for 211 in 45.4 overs.