Bangladesh v Australia, 2nd ODI, Mirpur April 11, 2011

Watson powers Australia to series win

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Australia 232 for 1 (Watson 185*, Ponting 37*) beat Bangladesh 229 for 7 (Mushfiqur 81*, Johnson 3-54) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Shane Watson knocked Bangladesh's bowlers senseless with a world record tally of sixes as the Australians galloped to a nine-wicket victory in the second limited overs match in Mirpur to seal the series.

The target of 230 had appeared a possible banana skin on a slow pitch offering some turn, but Watson made such light work of it, that his unbeaten185 from 96 balls now stands as the highest ODI score by an Australian, overtaking Matthew Hayden's 181 against New Zealand in 2007.

Xavier Marshall's 2008 mark for most sixes fell when Watson swung his 13th over the rope, the second six in as many balls off the bowling of Abdur Razzak. Watson added two more for good measure, and in all scored 79.74% of the total runs scored by Australia; Viv Richards, in his momentous 189 not out against England in 1984, had scored 69.48% of West Indies' 272 for 9.

Following Michael Clarke's century in game one, vice-captain Watson struck a mighty blow for the visitors' new leadership duo, accompanied most of the way by the unbeaten Ricky Ponting, although it came against a Bangladesh attack that was cowed into submission from virtually the first over of the chase.

Dropping Cameron White for Callum Ferguson as they sought a series-sealing victory, the Australians were in total command when Bangladesh slid to 88 for 5. But Rahim, allrounder Mahmudullah and left-arm spinner Suhrawadi Shuvo pushed the hosts to 229 for 7.

Shahriar Nafees had done his best to keep the first half of the innings from petering out entirely but he was not helped by the funereal approach of opener Imrul Kayes, who lingered 41 balls to gouge out five runs. Mitchell Johnson and Steve Smith shared five well-deserved wickets, while Brett Lee was short of luck during a spell that was damaged after he leaked 17 runs in his final over.

As if to stamp his intent on proceedings, Watson coshed 14 from the first over of the reply and made 27 before his partner, Brad Haddin, had even faced a ball. Together they added 62 before Haddin, having contributed eight, mistimed a catch to midwicket for his second low score of the series.

Ponting was largely happy to enjoy his front-row seat for the Watson exhibition, which will please his Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne as much as it did Clarke. The punishment was never greater than in the 22nd over, when Shuvo was deposited for four leg-side sixes, illustrating Watson's fearful power against supine opponents.

Seeking parity at 1-1 after Shakib Al Hasan won the toss, Tamim Iqbal offered a flashy drive at Johnson in the second over and sliced to the left of the solitary slip where Shane Watson held an excellent catch. In the next over Lee and the rest of the Australians were convinced they had Imrul gloving a well-directed short ball behind, but a vociferous and sustained appeal went unheeded, decision reviews not being used during the series. Australia's disgust at not claiming the wicket would be alleviated across the next eight overs, as Imrul crawled to five from 41 balls, draining the innings of all momentum and then compounded his sin by swinging unwisely at Johnson to sky a leg-side catch.

The next man in, Raqibul Hasan, played down the wrong line at Hastings and was bowled for a duck, before Smith ripped a leg break between Shakib's bat and pad in his first over, leaving Shahriar to attempt to repair the damage. He had reached 56 when Smith flighted a leg break and was rewarded with the tamest of return catches, as the hosts slid to 88 for 5.

From this dire base developed a partnership between Mahmudullah and wicketkeeper Rahim, lifting Bangladesh into the realm of respectability with a combination of neat strokes and tidy running between the wickets. They were bracing for the batting Powerplay when Watson pinned Mahmudullah in front of middle stump, but Rahim, Shuvo and Shafiul Islam spirited away 59 runs from the final five overs to ensure a target that hinted at competitiveness.

The home side's only change was to withdraw Mashrafe Mortaza from the firing line, replaced by Rubel Hossain, after Mortaza was significantly down on his usual pace in the series opener. Given Watson's subsequent pyrotechnics, he may have been relieved to sit this one out.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • DADA on April 13, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    @Webba84: Mate I was not trying to bash Ponting. Infact I like the Guy for his batting and never say die attitude. I made my comment only by looking at the score but all I was trying to say was watto deserved a 200 there.

  • on April 13, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    Absolutey awesome performance from Shane Watson, he has completely shattered over ambitious and over confident Bangladesh team's dream of defeating Aussie, he has completely killed the Bangladesh bowlers morale, probably from here onwards Bangla media won't propogand its team as top performing team with No.1 opener (Tamim) and No.1 Allrounder (Shakib). Bangladesh team players first learn to stay on the ground before they term themselves as top players in the world.

  • on April 13, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Watson's gone crazy!!!!!!!! Raj. Royals and Warne must be itching to get him back!!!!!

  • Meety on April 13, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    @Okakaboka/hyclass - frustrating reading in SL news. Newsbreak - they are going to blood new players!!!!!!! I want to kidnap Duleep Mendis & insert him into the Oz selection panel!!!!

  • Meety on April 12, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    @ Okakaboka; Lee & MJ were bowling very up till that point & whilst is easy to go in hindsight Hasting should of been bowled - lets allow fo the fact that Rahim played a top knock. I think he is a little gem.

  • CNBAS5 on April 12, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Mr Champ you are dreaming mate. If watto had scored more than 25...may be a hundred in QF, the Indian gladiators would not have lost even one wicket oi clinch the victory. Man you are playing in India against India...do not underestimate and build a Taj Mahal on loose foundations. WC is gone for ever from Aussies for 2011. Let's not brood over by syaing What ifs?

  • Mr.CHAMP on April 12, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Watson u are Pride of team Australia.I m feeling bad that target was low and u counldnt break the record of double century of Sachin Which you definitely deserved.This is Watto's 2nd 150+ score in this year.This is called vice-captain.U are bravo and if u wouldnt have gone on 25 in quarter final , Aussies would have won the WC .But never mind.GO WATSON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • css2011 on April 12, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Watson this is not IPL. Just play ODI cricket.

  • on April 12, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    "It doesn't qualify for Cricinfo's records, though, which recognise only those cases where a team is all out or where the full allocation of scheduled overs was used" - That's ridiculous - so you can't get that record whilst chasing successfully! - they were still chasing a score which was set with those limitations, its not like he scored it in a shortened match!!! - and what's being all out really got to do with it - so if Australia had horrendously collapsed and lost by a run it would have counted. -that, just plain and simply DOES NOT MAKE SENSE!

  • hyclass on April 12, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Watson was part of the Ashes squad that lost by a record margin only a few weeks ago.The same man failed to have any impact against genuine opposition at the World Cup.Bangladesh was humiliated by a modest West Indies side and would be uncompetitive at 1st class level in australia.The australian team is virtually unchanged from the World Cup squad.Many are asking what the point of this tour is.Its simple.Clarke of the Cricket Australia Board,Sutherland,Hilditch,Nielsen and Ponting have been in charge for 4 years.Merit and integrity has vanished from selection.Accountability has gone from leadership.Careers have been twisted and ruined without explanation.The processes of our much vaunted institutes have been ignored or dismissed.Failure has been explained away.In that time,australia has fallen to 5th in test rankings and lost to almost everyone,including this World Cup.These men are selfish beyond reason and desperate.They face exposure at an official enquiry in august.Hence this tour.

  • DADA on April 13, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    @Webba84: Mate I was not trying to bash Ponting. Infact I like the Guy for his batting and never say die attitude. I made my comment only by looking at the score but all I was trying to say was watto deserved a 200 there.

  • on April 13, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    Absolutey awesome performance from Shane Watson, he has completely shattered over ambitious and over confident Bangladesh team's dream of defeating Aussie, he has completely killed the Bangladesh bowlers morale, probably from here onwards Bangla media won't propogand its team as top performing team with No.1 opener (Tamim) and No.1 Allrounder (Shakib). Bangladesh team players first learn to stay on the ground before they term themselves as top players in the world.

  • on April 13, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Watson's gone crazy!!!!!!!! Raj. Royals and Warne must be itching to get him back!!!!!

  • Meety on April 13, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    @Okakaboka/hyclass - frustrating reading in SL news. Newsbreak - they are going to blood new players!!!!!!! I want to kidnap Duleep Mendis & insert him into the Oz selection panel!!!!

  • Meety on April 12, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    @ Okakaboka; Lee & MJ were bowling very up till that point & whilst is easy to go in hindsight Hasting should of been bowled - lets allow fo the fact that Rahim played a top knock. I think he is a little gem.

  • CNBAS5 on April 12, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Mr Champ you are dreaming mate. If watto had scored more than 25...may be a hundred in QF, the Indian gladiators would not have lost even one wicket oi clinch the victory. Man you are playing in India against India...do not underestimate and build a Taj Mahal on loose foundations. WC is gone for ever from Aussies for 2011. Let's not brood over by syaing What ifs?

  • Mr.CHAMP on April 12, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Watson u are Pride of team Australia.I m feeling bad that target was low and u counldnt break the record of double century of Sachin Which you definitely deserved.This is Watto's 2nd 150+ score in this year.This is called vice-captain.U are bravo and if u wouldnt have gone on 25 in quarter final , Aussies would have won the WC .But never mind.GO WATSON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • css2011 on April 12, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Watson this is not IPL. Just play ODI cricket.

  • on April 12, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    "It doesn't qualify for Cricinfo's records, though, which recognise only those cases where a team is all out or where the full allocation of scheduled overs was used" - That's ridiculous - so you can't get that record whilst chasing successfully! - they were still chasing a score which was set with those limitations, its not like he scored it in a shortened match!!! - and what's being all out really got to do with it - so if Australia had horrendously collapsed and lost by a run it would have counted. -that, just plain and simply DOES NOT MAKE SENSE!

  • hyclass on April 12, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Watson was part of the Ashes squad that lost by a record margin only a few weeks ago.The same man failed to have any impact against genuine opposition at the World Cup.Bangladesh was humiliated by a modest West Indies side and would be uncompetitive at 1st class level in australia.The australian team is virtually unchanged from the World Cup squad.Many are asking what the point of this tour is.Its simple.Clarke of the Cricket Australia Board,Sutherland,Hilditch,Nielsen and Ponting have been in charge for 4 years.Merit and integrity has vanished from selection.Accountability has gone from leadership.Careers have been twisted and ruined without explanation.The processes of our much vaunted institutes have been ignored or dismissed.Failure has been explained away.In that time,australia has fallen to 5th in test rankings and lost to almost everyone,including this World Cup.These men are selfish beyond reason and desperate.They face exposure at an official enquiry in august.Hence this tour.

  • cricketabu on April 12, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Bd won 67 ODI against almost all the countries. 27 %. White washed NZ, WI, ZM. Got 6 points in WC 2011 .......Dont be blind. Bd beat India twice. India won 49% of ODI played......now world champion. Talking too much against Bd. Still haven

  • soumyas on April 12, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    anyways...its great to see any players BEST performance with one of the SACHIN's hundred performances... :)

  • CNBAS5 on April 12, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Come on Watto...a great knock. I am sure you can make over 300 if Aussies win the toss and elect to bat next match. This is your series..milk it to the max you can. Good luck. sorry BD you have to be int eh receiving end against this gladiator.

  • mumbai_matrix on April 12, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    thank god...Aussies now have something to cheer...

  • Spartan619 on April 12, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    I thought poaching tigers was banned in Bangla, the Australian team needs to be taken into custody. LOL..........

    ICC, please cancel the third ODI and avoid another massacre. Bangla team is under great depression and should be sent to rehab for a month.

    58 and 78 all out in world cup and now they have given 235 runs in 26 overs...still worthy to be called a test playing nation? I dont think so..

  • flyingmachinee on April 12, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    @Bobby Kallis and watson themselvs feel tendulkar is the best batsman rite now.........so better ..........

  • berlinerbob on April 12, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Hmmm, perhaps if the Aussies wanted a more competitive ODI mini-series they'd consider playing Ireland next time. Just wondering.

  • Sanuvimal on April 12, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    Oh commn guys why pulling in sad sachin into this u cant compare sachin and watso both are different class dude sachin a wine getting better when becoming older and watso the beer the instant kick so keep them seperate dont mix wine and beer

  • AreaEm on April 12, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    All those who diss Shane Watson's record breaking innings are a disgrace; even Tendulkar himself wouldn't appreciate that kind of talk.

    Just remember, several of Tendulkar and other great players' runs/wickets and perhaps a few record breaking knocks/bowling came when they played against teams like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ireland etc. You can't discount his performance just because the opponent team is weak, or the ground is small/big etc.

    Give credit where it is due. Shane Watson played a brilliant innings, took advantage what was offered to him and was entertaining to watch.

  • gandhala on April 12, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    good knock Watson . Australia really need more of it from you. Come on guys Watson knows what is knock means and sachin knows wat his knock means.So no comparison.

  • enigma77543 on April 12, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    I completely agree with comments that Bangladesh & Zimbabwe's Test-status should be taken away & they should be relegated to being associate teams & hence, should be made to compete with other associates like Ireland for the 9th & 10th spot in the WC 2015. They've been playing Test-cricket since 2000 & they can't even draw Tests against stronger teams, let alone winning them; their 3 Test-victories have only come against a depleted Zimbabwe & a depleted West Indies while they regularly get beaten very easily by the Test-teams. They haven't improved much at all since getting the Test-status, they're still a "minnow" & having them as a Test-nation only ends in a mockery of Test-runs/wickets/records. I think ICC should organise 4-day cricket for stronger associates like Irl, Nd, Ban, Zim against domestic & A-teams of stronger nations to strengthen their cricket while they can also have a points-based promotion/relegation system for the Test-status.

  • bramville on April 12, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    ICC really need to reconsider Bangladesh's test status. They have shown no signs of coming up after so many years. The need to be demoted to associate status and play with other nations like Canada, ireland, Netherlands etc. If Bangladesh can play at the WC just becaue of their test status and deny Ireland a place just because the rules dont permit, then this is unfair. It is high time the IIC did something about this, if Cricket has to grow in other countries. Just favouring a few and ignoring the rest will make this game a one man show.

  • on April 12, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Sachin is Sachin. You cannot compare anyone with him. If a Batsman hits 185 in 96 balls once in his career doesn't mean that he is better than sachin who has player for 22 years with almost 100 centuries in his kitty. Even a debutant can have a nice day and hit 200 runs is once day but scoring consistently is what matters. Shane Watson dint perform at the world-cup at all. No point scoring now against the Bangladeshis. nevertheless a good innings is all that we can say.

  • sams235 on April 12, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Please stop comparing every player with Sachin.

  • on April 12, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    I guess no batsman has ever possessed this much tenacity, not even the great Sachin.

  • on April 12, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    I believe shane watson and jaques kallis are more valuable players than two sachin tendulkars put together.

  • Biggus on April 12, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    @JD04-I have no control over what Ricky does, not when he's talkng to the press and not when he has blown up on the field, when I've ended up with my head in my hands muttering, "No Ricky....no", and I'm quietly relieved that he's stepped down. It's a pity that you don't remember first hand how truly woeful India were at this game for a long, long time and not until the advent of Kapil Dev were they able to field a team that were really international standard. If the rest of the test playing nations then had the "boot them out" mentality of the people who are now calling for BDs relegation India would have been unceremoniously dumped from international competition well before their WC win in 1983. Short memories.

  • CricHacker on April 12, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Well the way Bangladesh has been getting thumped by all test playing nations, it is about time to revoke their test status and they should be made to play Associates more frequently, it would be mutually beneficial.

  • Okakaboka on April 12, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Up until this game, I thought Clarke's Captaincy had been excellent and I was ready to admit I had under-estimated his leadership skills. HOWEVER....His handling of the bowling attack was off to say the least and Bangladesh scored 40 more than they should have. Why did Hastings only bowl 6 overs when he was our best bowler. Who in their right mind would bowl spraygun Johnston at the death. Even Lee was an ordinary choice. Yeah, you give him maybe 1 or 2 overs IF YOU NEED WICKETS!!! It is too easy to get boundries off quick bowlers. Hastings on the other hand rarely bowls 2 balls at the same speed. Watson and Hastings should have bowled at the death. Our bowling attack however, looks much better now without megaspraygun Tait and Half-tracker Krejza. The square leg umpire no longer needs body armour. Watson's innings....Wow!! Hope Whiite had his clip board out and was taking notes. Next match, White should play instead of Smith....and see if he has learnt anything.

  • La_Bangla on April 12, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    @Webb84. You got it all wrong. I am no Sachin fan. And I am just taking a shot at those here, who are freaked out and wanting to make Watson a living God for one off performance. I am under no pressure but you are obviously stressed out as you simply jumped at me without taking a minutes out to read other comments here and think over it...HA

  • on April 12, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    oh come on FOLKS lets not sell our Watson short..Watson is greater than SRT and Bradman when it comes to batting.In fact Watson's bowling is better than Imran, McGrath and Kapil Dev. As an all rounder he is better than Botham. As a fielder he is better than Jonty Rhodes and he is amongst the best when it comes to getting people RUN OUT. He is not better than any Sri Lankan in any of the three departments though. Sri Lankans are the greatest. They are a nation that has a collective Napolean complex but whatever said the 185 was BRUTE. Like every body else has said..enjoy the raw T20 style hitting of Watso. Like i said in my earlier post 2 ppl can beat 200...sehwag and watson

  • Ramco on April 12, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    @Karachi_King: I don't get your point.. what kind of stats, you are talking about.. if it is batting average, do you think, the higher, average goes the better player is? OK.. Michael Hussy's avg is 50.. STR's 45.. So do you think Hussy is better ODI player than STR? No one is better than Sachin, when it comes ODI batting.. Stats won't tell players' whole story.. Anyway, Watson has batting avg of 43 and Strike rate is 88.. I don't find anything wrong there.. As far as I remember he is better than most of the players now.. I don't say best.. But better.. And don't forget he can bowl too.. I mean front line bowler..

  • pj3000 on April 12, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    Can't we acknowlege Watson's knock for what it was - ie) magnificent, without getting into a whole Sachin's knock vs Watson's knock brawl? Regardless of who you are playing, getting to185 not out is a mighty effort. Watson did get 160+ against a more-than-handy English line up last Aus summer, so he does have big-score form on the board. It takes a special kind of player with the right temperament, technique and power to even cross 150 inside 50 overs. Whether it be Sachin, Watson, Sehwag etc, I'm happy to watch any player capable of going beyond 150 in action.

  • Webba84 on April 12, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    @DADA: He did take it easy mate, did you even watch the match or is this just another opportunity to bash Ponting for no reason?

    @Karachi_King: Nobody is overhyping Watson and nobody is saying he is better that SRT. For goodness sake, just enjoy the performance and relax, nobody is insulting your precious cricket God. I really feel sorry for SRT when I read comments about him like this, poor guy has enough pressure on him as it is.

  • on April 12, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    Why is my god Sachin not mentioned in this article

  • one_of_the_elite_few on April 12, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    shane watson has set only one of many more records to come for him, regardless of what tendulkar lovers think and believe on any given day the raw talent, timing and power watson possesses allows him to match and even out perform one of the best players to play the game in tendulkar. Who knows what watson could have done if he didnt suffer injury problems... one thing is clear on any given day the ability of shane watson to play freak innings is there, he is a great of the game

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 12, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    Watson aside, it was pretty much an even game.

  • CricketkaFunda on April 11, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    Firs of all congrats to Watson and Aus. Watson played muscular inning hoicking every ball to boundary. I wudn't say it was a beautiful inning but even hitting 15 sixes requires lot of timing and power. I wonder why some ppl bring either Sachin or Ind in almost evthng. There is no comparison between Sachin's inning of 200 to Watson's this inning. Sachin's 200 was a classic and he played almost every shot in the book. It was chanceless and most importantly it was against SA with good bowling attack. Ppl comparing might not have seen both innings. Watson's inning can be compared with batting styles of Yusuf Pathan, or may be Taylor though I feel he is better than both. Also, It was a very poor bowling effort by Ban. Their bowling line and length was pathetic, with either short or too full, and most balls they kept at leg even when he was hitting slog sweep. He was hitting evthing on leg for 6. Fielding was bad dropping two catches of Watson. In anycase, it was thrilling inning to watch.

  • La_Bangla on April 11, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    @On_me_head_son. Why? because people like you are over hyping him. Yes he is good but not great. Check out his stats

  • dnarmstrong on April 11, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    Why wasn't Sachin mentioned in this article? I don't understand.

  • on April 11, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    Great aggressive batting display. Again and again the old question arises, do BD deserve a Test playing nation status? Mind you it was a home game and what to say? BD and ZIM both teams may be eliminated from the 2015 WC and they should go to participate in associates games to avoid such "heroics". This is a result of premature grant of "status". Still a squad comprises of sub standard batting, bowling and fielding performers.

  • Stevo_ on April 11, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    @Afridynamite - Yes I do think Wattos knock was better, Afridi only scored 102

  • On_me_head_son on April 11, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    Guy is a Power-house full stop.Can't understand why there will always be people who have something negative to say whenever a guy does well. Who cares if it was against Bangladesh? All I can say is very well played Watto....we need an opener or two like you to play for Pakistan!!!

  • La_Bangla on April 11, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    @ Afridynamite, Exactly.. and Watson scored very crafty 9 runs in 16 balls with his all powerful hitting..

  • SANDIPANROY on April 11, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    The Bangladesh cricket quality, as displayed today, is a matter of concern. They are a test playing nation & have to perform better. They appeared to be absolutely defenseless today. Come on Bangladesh - perform better!!!!

  • on April 11, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    AT THE END OF THESE 199 COMMENTS, I HAVE DECIDED TO WAIT AND WATCH THE SAME WATSON HITTING AS MUCH AS HE CAN, AGAINST THE SAME NATION - BOWLERS - CONDITIONS - IN FORM . . . ALL IN HIS FAVOUR FOR THE LAST GAME. . . . LETS SEE IF HE CAN SCORE MORE THAN 150 THIS TIME . . . . . P.S. - NO CHANCE . . .

  • DADA on April 11, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    What was Ponting trying to prove... He should have taken it easy and let Watto score his double... Really once in a life time chase for a player...

  • CNBAS5 on April 11, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    Hard Luck BD. You missed two catches of Watson and unlucky to get him clean bowled with the only ball that spun sharply. Watto was riding on luck and muscle power. Spledid display by him though. Please don't compare it with SRT...as it is like comparing SRT with Sir Don. Good luck for the future watto if you can break SRT's record of 200 no against Sputh Africa...may be!!!

  • stationmaster on April 11, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    Doing it against Bangladesh doesn't really compare to Sachin doing against SA !

  • on April 11, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    whoooh! What an innings! Can't believe such an assault! I enjoyed the innings from nearly half way down the line (after 14th Over) Watson was treat to eyes. I can't understand where the hell this comparison came with Sachin's 200… Both were different innings and those who are bragging about 185, Sachin has his second best score better than this 185! There's no point in ifs and buts. So many people came close to 200 till now, but only one managed it. I am not saying its unbeatable, but lets compare two innings of 200 when it happens. For now, I am going to enjoy 15 mighty hits by Watson!!!

  • bigwonder on April 11, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    I think people here are getting confused and start comparing Watto with Sachin and then talk about Sachin with Bradman. It all depends on what your team needs - a patchy century here and there, an almost consistent batting support for 22 years or very strong batting with still learning how to play international cricket teams respectively. During Bardman's time there were not enough international teams with good bowlers to challenge him. Watto has shined here and there lately but not when needed in T20 or ICC WC 2011. This inning was definitely a fine innings but only time will tell if the new vice-captain can shoulder the new responsibility and still bat/bowl.

  • on April 11, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Brilliant innings from Watson. He once again proved that he is the best batsman in the side and he is the only one who is performing consistently for Australia. It will relieve a lot of pressure from Clarke's shoulder. They did really well after the exit from WC.

  • Quazar on April 11, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Shakib's team are facing a credibility crisis. I appreciate the man, but if they keep getting smashed (as they have been 3 times in the last 3 weeks) like this...

  • on April 11, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Just as Australians lost all hope on Ponting beating Sachin, they have got somebody to latch on to, Watson!! Yipeeee. So what if it is BD, still it is an WC playing team!!

    And BD proved they are Junior. Sri Lanka, all attitude, but none to show

  • on April 11, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    congrats watson...i see sri lankan fans ahve still not forgotten the world cup defeat and it shows in their comments if watson scored 201..it does not make him any greater or SRT any lesser... lets enjoy it..also there are 2 people who can break SRT's record - Sehwag and Watson Let the CHASE begin:)

  • on April 11, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    congrats watson...i see sri lankan fans ahve still not forgotten the world cup defeat and it shows in their comments if watson scored 201..it does not make him any greater or SRT any lesser... lets enjoy it..also there are 2 people who can break SRT's record - Sehwag and Watson Let the CHASE begin:)

  • soumyas on April 11, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Bangladesh is record receiving team from years.... everybody makes one or other type of records against them... westindies bowled them out for 58.... now watto 15 sixes, 15 fours....

  • Rezwan1492 on April 11, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Bangladesh should understand the capabilities within themselves and should consider some key players... We all have seen how Mushfiqur bats when he is not under huge pressure... If our middle order and lower order batsmen can hit the balls hard then why cant our top order, why cant they get loose on the balls... If the opening doesnt bring a certain amount of runs to take the game ahead then what will the lower orders do... In that case Bangladesh is very lucky to have such a powerful lower order... The game cannot depend on one or two players, they should play for their country not their own pride, cause if you play for ur country then you'll Inshallah be succesful and pride will run after you... Still a lot to learn for Tamim and Shakib, the country counts on you two, but I believe it is time for us to count on our middle and lower orders, they are the ones who are capable to take us ahead, cause they play for our country's pride not their own...

  • on April 11, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    The point is simple, Shane Whatson scored against Bangladesh.. Sachin did it against South Africa against bowlers like Dale Steyn, Jacks Kallis, WD Parnell, RE van der Merwe, CK Langeveldt, and JP Duminy.

    How about Shane Watson try and get 100 centuries and 18000 ODI and 12000 Test runs and a career 22 years long?

  • Love_Tiger_Cricket on April 11, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    @ Thomas Cherian, I was shocked to hear ICC's decision to allow only 10 countries to play the 2015 World Cup. I certainly find it quite unfair for the Irish side. But let's not cry sour grapes by hurling insults at Zimbabwe and BD. Neither of these two nations has any pull with ICC. And to accuse ICC of playing favoritism toward any of these two nations is plain absurd.

  • JD04 on April 11, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    @ Biggus: Yeah you're probably right about the cycle of life & death... who knows it better than us! It all started when you asked us to enjoy IPL and let you and BD fans enjoy the cricket! Buddy, are you sure BD fans enjoyed this carnage?!! Yeah true, we're into leg-pulling but I guess it's fine till the point where things doesn't get all too personal. You should know all about "pulling stuff", huh? and as pointed out by Down_Under, your own Ponting isn't convinced with the "help stuff" to BD Cricket Team. We all play series out there in BD as per the tour itinerary decided by ICC... & that is the truth. Not to do any charity to BD cricket. I'm sure you would accept that.

  • on April 11, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    I don't think anyone should be offended by the Indians for 'bigging-up' Tendulkar as their foremost batting hero. He has done enough for this modern Indian generation for this type of hommage. However, those of us who live through the eras of Tendulkar and Gavascar know that Gavascar is by far the greater batsman - even though Gavascar in all his genuine humiltiy does not mind all the allocade being passed on to Tendukar who has shown the world that he really needs it. I also notice that the Indians don't want to compare Watson with Tendulkar, but everytime Tendulkar scores one of his 'occasional' centuries in his never ending and protected career, the said Indians tr to compare him with Bradman who had a flawless career - a much more outrageous comparison than a Tendulkar- Watson match up. In fact, there were so many other batsmen who were better han Tendulkar but were not allowed to rob younger players of their chances - in the name of protecting records. But a man's opinion is his.

  • asif1990 on April 11, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Excuse me everyone.......Bangladesh is not at all a bad team. Sum1 said that Ireland will beat BD if they get chance. With all the recent players they have, I swear to God, they can never beat BD in their entire life. I can bet. Everybody has their own lucky day. So don't try to under-estimate the Team BD. Compare the past records of AUS and BD. AUS have own their first ODI after 20 years they got their Test Status. And now look at BD. Bangladesh won the 1997 ICC Trophy in Malaysia against the all star PAK team, only after 7 years they got their test status. Now, think carefully b4 you say something......

  • on April 11, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Guys... Sachin is not about an innings of 200*, he is about 22 years of top class cricket. This inning of Watson is awesome and he should be appreciated for it. At the same time, you may keep comparing Waughs(Mark), Pontings and Watsons with Sachin, but the fact is others have flashed and gone but he is still shining and looks like he may even continue till the next generation!

  • on April 11, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Ireland would have given the Aussies a far better game

  • WestIndies1987 on April 11, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Being a West Indies fan I can't stand Australia and I always want them to lose, however I am a fan of Watson since he played for Rajastan Royals in 2008 and I am glad for him.

  • hasib9 on April 11, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Bangladesh has nothing to lose in the 3rd match. World cup is also over. So why not experiment with the batting order a little? Selectors should try this for the 3rd ODI: 1) Tamim 2) Nafees 3) Kayes ( better after 1st PP) 4) Mahmudullah 5) Shakib 6) Mushfiq 7) Kapali/Shuvagoto 8) Surawadi 9) Shafiul (better in Chittagong with old ball) 10) Razzak 11) Nazmul.. I seem to be a much better selector!! lol

  • Afridynamite on April 11, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Aussie fans, please check this - this was by Afridi against quality Sri Lanka bowling attack in 1996 (the same year they won the world cup) - http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/151342.html - Do you think Watson's innings against a Bangladesh attack is better than this?

  • Biggus on April 11, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    @Down_Under-If that's the case and Ricky said that then I have to say I'm disappointed, but Ponting's always been a better batsman than diplomat. Mark Taylor would, I'm sure, have found something positive to say had he been in such a position in his time.

  • on April 11, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Go.......................Watto........................Go...........................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Afridynamite on April 11, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    @karachi_king against Pak, Australia scored a total of 170 in WC.

  • on April 11, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Thanks a lot to Bangla tigers, who just made 229.....otherwise Sachin's record would have been broken in the Tsunami of Watson...!!!!!!!!!

  • Afridynamite on April 11, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    185 off 96, seriously? Bangladesh, you need some bowlers!

  • on April 11, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    And ICC is protecting Zimbabwe and Bangladesh by not letting them play the qualifier with Ireland

  • ..seanscott.. on April 11, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    @ryangsmith:- As you said watson made 185* while chasing 230, & if b'desh wud have score more or would it be first inning , he would have score more then 250 or 300... dude... no doubt it was a good inning,if's and but's will always remain if's and but's if this is one of the greatest inning then i think afridi's 37 ball hundred was a legendry ininng as if would have stayed for more time, he would have score 400 hundred on that day. dude this inning came against a attack against whom our jason gillespie too scored a not out double century 201*,i want to see shane scoring hundred against the attacks of malinga's srilanka or steyn's south africa, i first tell you all that i am australian and those who are comparing to sachin's inning, that was master class against a very good attack of steyn's south africa, and for those who think that that was small ground i must tell u, none of sachin's six was on rope and he didn't gave any chance, i am sachin fan,.i always watch his all matches

  • Milind_Jadhav on April 11, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Crazy and needless comparisons. If its a case of taking credit, then Watson playing for Australia today is only due to his performance in IPL 1 prior to that he was not even a regular but post that life changed for him and Australia. So actually, IPL and consequently India deserve the credit for discovering this man.

  • hris on April 11, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    @soumyas well SA's attack was not as good as u people think. There was no Morkel, no Botha. still their fast bowling was better than BD. but then why not compare the spin department. SA had only Van der merve(who is not even a regular bowler) vs a good spin attack of BD. so the SA fast bowling was better but their spin attack was much poorer. please get ur facts right people.

  • on April 11, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    After Zimabwe its now time for Bangladesh to get suspended from test status. It sounds rude for my team but I feel right the opportunity should be given to better sides like Ireland who made significant progress what Bangladesh could never achieved so far.

  • on April 11, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    This against a team with automatic entry into the world cup I think Ireland would put up a better fight

  • Truemans_Ghost on April 11, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Lots of people are saying "it was only against Bangladesh's attack. That is true, but Bangladesh have played a lot of cricket agaisnt top opposition and no one has ever hit them for 15 sixes. Or 14. Or 13. Probably not 12 either. It would have been a remarkable acheivement acheivement agains a county team

  • drvivek71179 on April 11, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    i cant understand why people start comparing inning of watson with sachin...and rather than appreciating it.....bangladesh, kenya and even more weaker teams are playing cricket since long but its well known to everybody that no one hit 15 sixes in an inning.... if sachin can make 200 against sa which is very strong bowling line up...why cant he repeat the same against any other weaker team.....this is not like that...its a day and destiny some day u do and other u cant....it is not maths that a is larger than b and b is larger than c that proves c is larger than a....its not true in cricket or any other sports....u need talent and day to make it happen...and watson certainly have it in him....great inning no doubt....

  • La_Bangla on April 11, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    c'mon Aussie supporters-get real now. Lets see if he can score even half of 185 against Pakistan attack. Attacking hepless Bangladesh on dead wicket is not a sign of greatness..

  • on April 11, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    @ all the 'cultured' cricket fans : at the end, only statistics speaks. SR Tendulkar 200* CK Coventry 194* Saeed Anwar 194 IVA Richards 189* ST Jayasuriya 189 G Kirsten 188* SR Tendulkar 186* SR Watson 185* MS Dhoni 183* SC Ganguly 183 ML Hayden 181*

    everyone above in the list (below sachin's 200) could have got the 200 with the help of a few 'ifs' in those matches. but the fact is that it was 185 and not 200. 8th in the list and a well deserved 8th. so why such an excitement to rate it over sachin's 200 ? watson could have and would have made 200 but he didn't. and the same can be said about the other players in the list above. so cool down and relax. you have to live with it !

  • manju4you on April 11, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    for those who is talking about australia cricket culture just go thru this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underarm_bowling_incident_of_1981

  • Copernicus on April 11, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    I'm sure this innings was entertaining to any aussie fans in the crowd, but all it really proves is just how inept Bangladesh are and how unjust the ICC's decision to protect them from the upcoming Irish and Afgans really is. The most impressive thing about Watson's innings is the concentration he showed to push through the boredom of pummelling park-level cricketers out of the field.

  • prakash1986 on April 11, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Great Innings by Watto.15 sixesUnbeleivable.Happy that Oz were chasing only 229 and Oz were batting second,otherwise Tendulkar's record would have got shattered.

  • ravi9000 on April 11, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Aussies are celebrating....and plz let them celebrate....i would not be surprised if i hear that there was a whole night party all over australia over their win over Bangladesh......Hurray...ha ha ha..poor guyz.............

  • on April 11, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Congratulation Watson for his strong mighty 185 not out with brilliant numbers of 6's. Bangladesh top order batsman failed once again to probe them. We do not see any consistency in the confidence level of BD team- so called RB Tigers. Mushfiq did good today, but he could not perform in the last ODIs including WC. Razzak seems to become lazy, need to retire from the team. Shakib also seems to lose his momentum. However we want BD to come back in the next game, we want a good game by BD, not the win.

  • on April 11, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Hats off to Shane Watson!!! Brilliant!!!

  • stevejone on April 11, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Poor poor bowling yet again by the Aussies.They cannot even dismiss a Bangladesh side after having them tottering at 88-5.Absolutely ridiculous.The worst part is that there are no changes to the Aussie side even after their disastrous showing at the world cup. And to Shane Watson.He will hit 185 day in and day out against teams like Kenya, Bangladesh, Ireland whereas he does not even score a 50 against the top teams. Proof is the world cup where he struggled throughout.He is the Greame Hick of Australia who belts rubbish attacks to pieces but when it comes to the top rated teams, he usually goes bust.In fact he is an opener with a poor technique. Anyone who saw the test match against Pakistan in England would testify that.He struggled to put bat to ball in overcast conditions against Amir and Asif and it was a torture watching his batting.It was like watching a tailender bat.He will get these big scores against lowly teams on flat tracks but he does not even deserve to be an opener.

  • MT2010 on April 11, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    I am from Bangladesh and I want to thank Austraila for deciding not to play test matches this time in Bangladesh. As a Bangladeshi, I acknowledge that Bangladesh has not reached the level where top teams play. This is mainly because Bangladesh got their test status prematurely with the help of India's Dalmia (so that he could become ICC chief), not because of Bangladesh' playing standard.

    As a Bangladeshi, I think it is important that our country start the process of building good cricketers from the grass root. They should lot of money for school level practice/learning cricket, building more playground , providing fascilities to the youngsters instead of spending too much money on arranging too many unnecessary international matches. After playing for 11 years as a Test playing nation, Bangladesh should now realize that just by playing against the top nation, you cannot improve your cricket! You need to learn and be great when you are 12/13.

  • on April 11, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    If Bang win against Good sides,Indians get dragged into it,if Ban are humiliated,still Indians have to be talked about.Why compare this with Tendi...? He got his 200 against a top side,not like this Bangladesh one.Why talk about Tendulkar after just one innings...?Does one inning prove anything...?If it does,then i'd say K o'Brien is thousand times better than Tamim...But would i say that..? No. I still Feel The ICC is giving undue adv to teams like Zim & Ban by denying a qualification tournament to The associates for the WC. ''TODAY'S MATCH WAS AGAINST TWO OF THE BEST SIDES OF THE WORLD & AUSTRALIA SURPRISED EVERYONE BY WINNING IT.THE BIGGEST UPSET IN CRICKET HISTORY,AUSTRALIA BEATING BANGLADESH...'' He he he...

  • Lahori_Munde on April 11, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @Biggus-I like the tone of your latest comment but don't you think most of us and our own Ponting is contradicting your statements? Ponting had openly declared and well documented that Bangldesh should not be allowed to play Top Tier cricket and that his team was going to do everything to trash them and prove his point.

  • Itteza on April 11, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Shame on BD coach Jamie Siddons (Australian) !!! He could not train a bowler against australia..Its been 4 years... Shame on shakib and all top order... they may learn from watson and mushifiqur rahim how to play a ball. I think BD is a country everyone should make record against them....

  • Biggus on April 11, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    @JD04-We certainly are not top dog any more, nor do I claim that we are. If you question the value of such a 'lowly' team as ours playing this series then you should ask the Bangladeshis whether they think it's worthwhile. I suspect the answer would be a resounding 'yes'. As for the barbs about our fall from the top, well, we've been in this business long enough to expect it. We've been up, down, round and round in the inevitable cycle of boom and bust that comes with something like 133 years of international competition. And I thought death and rebirth were concepts familiar to Indians.

  • indy.rockz on April 11, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    records are meant to be broken ... very well played .. it was an amazing ..innings .. keep up the good work aussies .. you will be the next WC winners .. p.s i know its little too early to say . this .. but i have faith in u GO AUSSIES GOO...

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    I never understood by Bangladesh team and supporters have so much attitude and ego? Just because they beat India in a World Cup game? I am so proud of the beating given to them by Watto, exceptional batting. Some people may say the bowling was weak and so on, but hey a bad ball too needs to be hit to the boundary, and doing it 30 times in your innings is indeed special. Thanks Watto for such a show :-) I hope Australia lands many more such knockout punches to BD, who after beating New Zealand 4-0 at home think of themselves as a champion side.

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Come on a great power-hitting knock is a great power hitting knock. Neither Sachin nor Sehwag would ever play this kind of a knock because they are not so good six-hitters. Watson, with his limitations and strength, is a great cricketer and it must have been fab to watch this. However, it looks better when the top scores are made against a strong team. That's why Heyden's 380 was never so touchy to the fans, but Lara's 400 or 375 was. Similarly the high scores near 200 in ODIs against stronger teams feel greater than this 185, no matter how brutal this was. I am sure Watto would have been 10 times more proud to have played this against a stronger team, or more proud to have scored that 160 odd which was against a better team.

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Congratulations Watson. This was the most brutal hitting of one day history ( thanks to the humid condition which made you hurry, doing so ). But, yet, there was not enough to chase to get past the current maximum of 200. Still, this must be considered as the best in one day, as the maximum number of sixes ( a world record, 15 sixes ) involved, and the number of balls ( only 97 ) Watson faced.

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Why selectors dont make proper use of Mahmudullah. He should get a chance to play a bit longer. He should be promoted @4. Alok is a stroke maker. He should bat @7 to make proper use of bating powerplay. Shuvagoto Hom should get a chance @ the place of Shuvo

  • Lahori_Munde on April 11, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Very well played and what a power hitting. Now, how did Sachin get dragged in the discussion here? Watson and Sachin are two different players and played against different teams on different ground. Sachin scored his 200 on a ground half the size then the one Watson played at-- this is absolutely hilerious logic. By the way, good batsmen tend to make pitch look flatter then it is. Give respects to the legends of this game.

  • soumyas on April 11, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    @hris If it was so flat pitch the why SA cudn't score even 250 in that? and to be precise that ground was nearly 2 -to-3 meters smaller not half as u think, get some basic cricket knowledge before u talk, clearly tendulkar's innings was against the best bowlers, anyways i am a fan of WATSON and still say 185 is one of the gr8 innings in ODI, but still it has come against weak bowling attack of bangladesh and also he got 2 lifes in his innings, 1 of those catches was very easy one... Again if u compare sachin's record vs bangladesh he has scorred many centuries vs bangla which are still better innings when compared to Watson against South Africans...

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    It was a good day 4 Watson. Congratulation..... Sorry 4 BD

  • RogerC on April 11, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Sachin's 200 is very different from Watson's 185. Sachin scored his 200 in the first innings of the match against the no.1 team in the ODI. South Africa was never giving up on that match and Sachin didn't have a partner who kept giving him strike in order to score his 200. Watson's innings was a stand and deliver case in the second innings against an opposition that gave up the match well before the end. On top of that, Watson's innings was due to Ponting's gracious support who gave up scoring opportunities to help boost Watson's score. Compare apple to apple people.

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    @All, I really don't understand the comparison between Sachin and Shane here... I believe that Sachin never can outmuscle opponents as Shane did today simply because its not his style. Similarly, Shane would not even think about achieving dozens of things that are mere incidental to Sachin. So there really is no need for comparison. As for the record books, most would agree that it was only fair that fastest australian ODI hundred still belongs to Hayden...

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    @drew2 hahaha... now you will say even though lara made 400* against stronger bowling unit (read england), hayden was better batsman as lara could never better his record against zimbawe.... dude.. one 185* notout can never match sachin's 200*...even if by chance wotto had crossed 200+ mark.. his innings will never be the same as of sachin's 200*...

  • the_predator on April 11, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    watson has played no doubt a great iningns. But i simple cannot digest that people telling that he is better than SACHIN/LARA/RICHARDS/KAPIL DEV. it is ridiculous. viv richards scored century in world cup final against DENNIS lilie. does anyone know who is DENNIS lilie? LARA scored some 153 and sachin scored one 98 against WASIM AKRAM+waquer younis+shohaib akhter. do any one know who are those? withose great bowlers you comare these below par substandard BD attack who cant even bowl a yorker? these people are MAD. another thing if strike rate is everything then shahid afridi some 37 ball (i think) century is the greatest. is not it? peope are comparing watson with JACK KALLIS? my holy sheet! this is nothing but crazy. why not to compare with DON BRADMAN? I really appreciate astonishing big hitting by WATSON. But what people are saying I really cannot digest that.

  • Rushikey on April 11, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    I don't why we have to compare every gr8 innings with Sachin Tendulkar. Watson is a power hitter and Sachin is a oldtime classical palyer. No way to compare both!... Stop compairing enjoy the game dude!

  • jgoogly on April 11, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    People want some more weak countries to play Test matches. Massacre of the innocence!

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    To all Watson Fan : What will happen and what has happened has two different things..Sachin had scored 200 and Watson didn't.. And one more thing I would like to add "People always remember the person who climbed Everest for the first time.. they remembered the second man" So please shut your mouth and understand Sachin is always great...

  • oj..cricfan on April 11, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    If Watson was such a great cricketer than why didn't he score 200 before Sachin... so RELAX guys.. nobody can be compared to THE GREAT SACHIN

  • cricbee on April 11, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    @Aristocratt, haven't u watched Srilanka chasing 332 in 36 overs against England? ODI: 2389.. In that match lanka scored 245 runs in 26 overs.. I can certainly rate Jayasuriya's innings better compared to Watson's innings here.

  • RyanSmith on April 11, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    To all those defending Tendulkar's 200 as being against SA. Yes, we realise that and yes, it was a fantastic innings. However, just think about this... Watson made 185* chasing 230. That alone is absolutely unbelievabe. Not only that, but he got 185* in 26 overs! Tendulkar batted 50 overs and made 200*. At that rate had Watson batted 50 overs you could basically double his score. Somewhere about 360* is what he was on course for. Of course he may well have gotten out, we can't know what would have happened. But Tendulkar has played against Bangladesh plenty more times than Watson has and has never done anything remotely close to what Watson did today. No one has ever done anything close to what Watson did today in a ODI innings (and that is the point!) Tendulkar's innings against SA was a fine innings. But don't in your over eagerness to defend Tendulkar fail to also pay complement to Watson's innings today. It deserve's to be appreciated regardless of who it was against!

  • kriskini on April 11, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Tendulakr is not great just for making 200 in odi. He is the greatest for playing top level cricket for twenty one years. His game has not gone down even an inch. Since Indian bowling is not that strong batting second Tendulkar usually has to chase a long total. He is the greatest. Its wrong to compare anyone with Tendulkar.

  • tick on April 11, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    great innings..even as pakistani fan i would say that its outregeous to compare master sachin with somebody else...

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Watson such a big hitter in world cricket but could not compare with god of cricket bcz he prooved to this world still is showing his marvlus ability on his 35+

  • VipulPatki on April 11, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Why do we keep comparing everything against SRT's records? His 200 was great and so was Watson's 185. Let's instead enjoy the strokeplay without cribbing about the imaginary differences in the greatness of different innings.

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    It was the bitter most pounding of the hapless Bangladeshi bowlers by Watson. While chasing a score of mere 229 , to get to an individual score of 185 and clear 15 huge sixes is one of the most impossible feat in cricketing lore. It will hardly be overtaken by any. Watson simply pushed the so-called rise of cricketing minnows Bangladesh to ignominy with his brutal thrashing . Sorry for them .

  • VivGilchrist on April 11, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    @CNBASS, where you not loved as a child? Why so negative to Watson? He does score in pressure situations. His highest scores have all come in the second innings chasing, including a 136 in a Champions Trophy semi final v England. He then followed that up in the next game with a century again in the final. Sounds pretty good under pressure to me.

  • cricbee on April 11, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Records are meant to be broken.. But it doesn't make sense comparing Watson with Tendulkar. For that matter, Afridi also scored the fastest 100, so can we call him as world's greatest batsmen? The tag of world's greatest batsmen will not come so easily with one stray innings.. I do not meant to diminish Watson's talent.. undoubtedly he is a player any team would like to have.. but he can never be Tendulkar.. Rest assured.

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    @ drew2....u may score 250 against bangaldesh....but watson will never ever will be a match to tendulkar......and i mean it ever...

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    HEY GUYS.. ITS A WONDERFUL INNINGS-BUT AGAINST BANGLADESH, A SIDE RIDING ON OVER CONFIDENCE.. DID UR WATSON DO IT AGAINST INDIA OR PAKISTAN OR AGAINST SRILANKA(FACING THE TOE-CRUSHING MALINGA)? NO WAY. EVEN HARBAJAN CAN DO IT ON A GIVEN DAY AGAINST THIS MINNOW ATTACK

  • PrashantK93 on April 11, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    @drew2 mate you guys criticize Sachin for scoring more runs against the Minnows and now you are criticizing him for not scoring a big score against Bangladesh and the same thing you can say about watson he has played South Africa so many times and has never come anywhere near this feat - So live with it!!! What will you say now???

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Lolz, I hear Aussies ranting about how great Watson is, get a life you guys, we won the world cup and Watson was not one of the highest scorers . You guys have double standards, when you compare Murali with Wane you guys beat you chest and say "Murali took bucketful of wickets against Bangladesh" , and now that Watson has scored "185" only against the very same Bagladesh (He hasnt scored even 200 against a weak bowling attack) you start comparing him to Tendulkar. Live with it , Now that Ponting is a spent force you suddenly see Watson as the next contender to Tendulkar. Grow up!!!!

  • PrashantK93 on April 11, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    @everyone bashing sachin and watson see guys every innings has its merit and demerit and many things can be said for/against sachin's 200* and watto's 185*. Both innings are special in their own way. Sachin's 200* was special and everyone will agree but it doesn't mean that Watson's inning was any lesser if not equal. you don't hit a 96 ball 185 everybody neither it is easy to hit 15sixes in a single match. So stop comparing these two innings. And those who are saying that if bangladesh would have scored more he would have broke the 200 run barrier today but guys there are many situation of ifs and buts they are just like that you can't do anything about that can you ??? :)

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Perhaps it's high time Bangladesh was removed as the official member and Ireland is given the same status.

  • on April 11, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Amazing knock by Watson, weak bowling or not. No one will ever take away from Sachin that was the FIRST man to 200* in ODIs but Watto's inns shows just how much the game is evolving - with higher run rates, bigger bats, smaller grounds, weaker bowling attacks around the world, it will only be a matter of time before someone breaks Sachin's record.

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Just want to say, a 200 is still a 200. A great innings is still a great innings. Both Sachin's and Watson's innings were great, no point discrediting the other. Finally, a single innings doesn't a Sachin make.

  • jashan83 on April 11, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Watson in post match interview said that "I was tired to run" and hence was hitting sixes. Well this further strengthens the rightful demand of having a qualifying round for last 2 spots in 2015 WC. The qualifying should be in Australia with BD and ZIM playing the top 6 associates. This shows BD, Zim have a long way to go and a direct entry for them is not justified

  • uppalapatichowdary on April 11, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Hello all plz don't compare Sachin's innings with Watson's because both are of different conditions. Sachin innings was against a top class opposition and world's strongest bowling attack it was a chance less innings, where as Watson innings was against a weaker opposition and struggling bowling attack-he had his chances in his innings as he was dropped twice today and the fielding of BD was horrifying. So plz don't compare God with Humans. Any way cngrts to watto for his brave batting and wonderful display of stroke play, he is sure a good cricketer but not grt.

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    lol leave alone sachin here, @Drew no Indian need to rush and defend Sachin :D As said, comparing Watson and Sachin or their innings doesn't make any sense! :D Watsons was a cracker of an innings, probably he would have easily passed 200 mark today and held the record if there were more runs to chase!! I really thought Watson would be the one to fire in the Worldcup and give Aussies yet another one - he has tremendous talent. Superb innings!

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    he is nit watson,what a son of his father best of luck for further i saw a next man who break the sachins record

  • pargat89 on April 11, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    @Drew2 Sachin always loves challenges. He don't waste his time hammring weaker teams. He gives his best performances against best teams of the world. Even in this CWC'11 he hit 2 centuries, both against challenging teams- SA & England, even when he got chance to play against Ireland, Neitherland & Bangladesh.

  • NP_NY on April 11, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    @Sriram Varadarajan: Actually, Bangla cricket matters because matches like this clearly show the injustice done to Ireland and other associate nations. 58 all out, 78 all out and now this, all in a span of less than a month, on their home ground. Tigers are such majestic creatures, they shouldn't be insulted like this. [Disclaimer: I am NOT still upset about India losing to Bangla in 2007 (this seems to be the most common response from Bangla fans about any criticism from Indian fans)]

  • The_sirpoka on April 11, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    What Rahim started at the end of BD innings, Watson continued that till the end in Australian Innings...As a BD supporter I was pleased as BD posted 229 and hoped for a competitive second half...But the competition flied with the sixers from Watson...What an excellent innings that was....I'll remember it for a long time...And why are you ppl arguing over sachin's innings and this innings? Sachin made the record and that was a great innings...This is also a great innings...Let's leave it there...we BD supporters mourn...:(

  • Biggus on April 11, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    @rajss315-I've been a strident critic of the on field excesses of Australian teams in recent times so my views on appropriate cricketing conduct are not undermined by these incidents, which I found most distasteful and which I felt merited harsher penalties. As for the comments by Indians posting here, take a good look at them. What is the purpose? They tell us nothing that we don't already know, that BD have some way to go, they offer no constructive ideas, and the main purpose seems to be for the commentator to say something hurtful about some fellow human beings who are trying their best to succeed at this beautiful game. Sorry mate, but that sucks big time.

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    185 in 96 is still 185 in 96 against any side its to be applauded regardless of the opposition and their performance on the given day. Bangladesh looks like a sinking ship and desparately needs a miracle man.

  • VivGilchrist on April 11, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Point no1 - this game was between Aus and Ban. I don't see how India are were involved in this game one bit so why all the self-absorbed comments? Point no2 - please do not confuse IPL as Cricket. Point no3 - refer to point no1.

  • sacheenp on April 11, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Let's be rational. Watson is not a batsman of Tendulkar's caliber, but he certainly is more than capable of making 200+. Remember a guy named Charles Coverntry?? Sometimes a lesser player can have his day.. so no need to defend Sachin here.. Plus, India still are the world champs; who cares if Watson scores 200; or even 250??

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    I was in search of Watsons such inning since feb 2011. and I got that now. Thanx Watson

  • LesGrossman on April 11, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Quality innings, power at it's best, he could have got 350 at that rate. No need to knock Banga cricket, they need a quality coach, Siddons makes the game too complicated. They will develop with clear instructions and freedom to bat there way, keep it simple Tigers!!!! @rajss315... Typical to bring up the sydney test when talking about aussie culture. In the same test match Anil Kumble appealed for an LBW that Brad Hogg cover drove for 2, but that NEVER gets brought up because of massive double standards. Another example is in the world cup QF and one of the indian batsmen (singh or raina, not sure) bumped into Haddin as the throw came in, resulting in Haddin not taking the ball. Guess what singh and raina did? They took an extra run as the missed ball went into the outfield!!! Imagine if ponting or any other aussie did that!!!! Hardly 'spirit of the game' stuff there boys..

  • TheGuruji on April 11, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    That's what will happen when you drop a hitter like Watson twice. With a less-than-average bowling attack, dropping him twice is criminal. Bangladesh got what they deserved. Hope they will learn the lessons.

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Super, he has scored the last 85 runs in 22 balls.

  • boris6491 on April 11, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Rather than make the unwarranted and idiotic comparisons between this innings and Sachin's 200, let's appreciate them both as gems that won't be forgotten. Both of those players had things that worked in their favour and against them. No doubt, Sachin breaching the 200 barrier was an historic moment but equally, so was Watson's pulverising knock which also broke an extremely prominent record, that of six hitting. Both men can be revered for their endurance, Sachin for having batted the duration of time that he did and Watson for bludgeoning six after six without any evident signs of exhaustion, something that 99% of people would be feeling after throwing the kitchen sink ball after ball for an hour. There have been other innings of high quality, the previous Australian ODI high score by Hayden was incredible, Dhoni's 183 against SL was sensational. Rather than compare, let's just appreciate incredible batting.

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Congrats to Watson on his nice inning, there is no comparison between the two innings of Watson and Sachin both played with different teams in differenct conditions, both innings will remain unforgatable, but the fact is Sachin is the First Player who have set a scale to test the abilities for all the players of the world and still going on. And most of all the record is still unbeaten.

  • CricSamraat on April 11, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Imrul should retire from playing for Bangladesh after watching Watson's pyrotechnics the same day he had no clue how to play a shot. What a difference between two international players!

  • hurrysh on April 11, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Sehwag stands corrected. Bangladesh are not a good enough one day side too... lack of variety, no strength in batting... ICC please make world cup 2015 interesting by having 8,9,10 compete with the top 2-3 associate nations.

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    A batsman 'scoring 185 runs in just about half of the alloted 50 overs an ODI match, and still batting' is the type of performnce that I think makes people really marvel in cricket! Or 'a man's batting average is 99.9 after playing 62 test matches'! Or the same man 'compiling scores of 375, 400 and 500 in test matches and first class cricket'. These are genuine cricket mysteries which might never be solved - not the 'obvious expectations' that some commentators keep bloviating about. For example, how many cricketing jurisdictions in the world would allow a single player to play for 'three and a half consecutive years out-of-form' without dropping him, so that he can hold a record? Look at the pressure that Ricky Pontin is presently under in Australia - even though he is arguably second only to Bradman as an Australian batsman - and even though his lack of form is not as long as other world players that were allowed to continue with their careers. Congatulations mr Watson!

  • jameswayne on April 11, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    All too late Mr. Watson.Why could not he play even one innings anywhere as good as this at the world cup? It is easy to do it against Bangladesh in a Bilateral series. True class is proved when you do it on the world stage.He scores 185 in 1 innings against Bangladesh but when he faces good teams, he never seems to cross the 40 mark. The big joke in this Aussie side is that there are openers who are not even specialists. That is why the Australian team are struggling. This innings of Watson is clearly misleading. He scores consistently only against weak teams like he did against Zimbabwe and Kenya at the world cup.In fact it is due to the poor and slow opening partnerships of Watson and Haddin was the clear reason why Aussies could not go all the way in the world cup.

  • ashuloyal on April 11, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Gr8 show watson!!!! But its completely unfair to declare this inning better then sachin's double ton!!!!!Look at the kind of attack BD put in front of watto....so comparison is obvious but don't conclude anything....let watto face the steyn & morkel duo then it will itself be clear....But in the end wat an inning.....superbly done....!!!!

  • Willowarriers on April 11, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Yeah Drew2.. Damn right we'll come running to the defence of the Master. Ha ha as if he needed people to defend him. And how dare you draw a comparison! BCCI will banish your team.

    Pummel and bully a wimp to be a Master? Nope. That is not the formula. Watson was able to hit because it was Bangladesh on a day they were miserable. And that generally means pathetic.

  • inst1ncts on April 11, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    @ Drew2: It is ridiculous on your part to try and defend Watson's innings. Sachin doesn't score 200 every time he goes out to bat and neither does Watson play like this in each oh his innings. People are just comparing Sachin's 200 against SA vs Watson's 185 against BD

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    One of the best inngs in ODI's but too late. It would have come in CWC 2011.

  • screamingeagle on April 11, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    @Luke and his ilk.

    I like the way you guys keep hyping about how good the Aussies are. They are no longer the team they were. I completely understand the concept of sour grapes. Not a n.1 test nation, no world cup, no big performances. Of course this inning would give you a lot of happiness.

    Didn't I see you post about how badly India was going to fare in WC 2011 on this site? :P Always wanted to remind you of that post after the final.. lol

  • JD04 on April 11, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    @ Biggus: Good "Buddy"! I don't watch it too.. though am only 24! I still swear by the good old Test Cricket, where one's skill along with the temperament & attitude comes to the fore. Your response was only limited to my early part of the comment... am waiting for your response on this... " and you feel you're doing your bit to better BD's cricket... mate get your cricket right first and then try to help others'... atleast get a team to win a Test match, which I don't think will happen until and unless you're playing BD itself! Remember the Ashes??!!!"

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    the people are saying he played better than sachin in his 200. but i feel like there should be no conversation on that as Firstly Sachin scored his runs against South Africa and watto has scored against Bangladesh. but still it was the best batting display by a australian in odi an a throughly entertaing knock. loved it the whole time. great work Watto

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Now such performances by Bangladesh, would definitely make ICC wonder if their plans for a 10 test teams world cup in 2015 makes any sense. I am sure that Ireland would definitely beat Bangladesh in a 5 match ODI series, because Ireland has little potential but they are too disciplined to use it to the best effect. Ian Chapell is absolutely correct in recommending a qualifying tournament between the top 2 associates and bottom 2 test teams, to make the competition really competetive. At least then Irekand would have no hard feelings, because after seeing this scorecard they would have prayed to the lord as to why their nation did not exist in Indian subcontinent's vicinity to grant them an automatic entry. This is ridiculous and absurd.

  • psychicsaint on April 11, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    if watson plays for 20+ years and breaks the world record at age 38 then it would make sense to compare him with sachin...

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    Well, why is everyone bringing in Sachin's innings here?

    Yes had Watson carried on, he would have got 250 +

    But that's not the point here. Watson deserves credit no matter which side he has done this against. I am a Tendulkar fan as well, but that does not mean we can't appreciate what others have done. Innings, players etc cannot be compared and am sure if you compare Watson with Sachin, he'll blush the way Sachin did when he was compared with Sir Don !!

    Watson played a superb knock. Australians deserve to celebrate !!

  • screamingeagle on April 11, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Well played Watson. While I hope it is the start of something big for him...I doubt it. As regards the many people downgrading Sachin's innings against SA; please let Watson reach anywhere close to what Sachin has achieved before crowing about how brilliant Watson is. This was an excellent inning, was fun watching him demolish the sad attack(?!) but thats about it.

    Of course, if he keeps playing big ones like this...I will gladly eat my words. But not yet, not after one knock.

  • Nano01 on April 11, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Our friends from across the sea border are still smarting from the defeat at the hands of India. All of you might want to compare the bowling attacks of SA & BD before passing a judgement on SRTs 200

  • psychicsaint on April 11, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    @Drew2: if there is no offence there will be no defense.. true it is a great feat by watson, but comparing it with the legend's world record shows immaturity...

  • psychicsaint on April 11, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    those who are wishing for sachin's record to be broken, i'm sure it will be some day............ by viru, bettering it with a 300!!!

  • ajayrcs on April 11, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Great innings , but still disappointing show by Australian bowlers 5-88 to 7-229 . They won but next time against stronger team, They might be on the losing side.

  • tmd1 on April 11, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    CNBAS5: Check out Watson's score in the first ODI against England in Melbourne this year with the Aussies chasing 290.He made 160 odd not out against a team that had just smashed them in the Ashes ,at night,that was a high pressure knock.

  • Vindaliew on April 11, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    A just reward for so many months of hard work and effort at the top of the order! Too often has he done a decent jobl, only for people to criticise him as not having done enough because of the failure of his team mates.

  • on April 11, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    I think its time Bangladesh went back to playing associates and are replaced by a stronger minnow like Ireland. No doubt they are enthusiastic and the country loves the sport but they are no where near full time international ODI level, let alone Test level.

  • Drew2 on April 11, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Amazing. All the Indians come rushing to Sachin's defence! How dare we compare Watson to the great man. Sachin's innings was against South Afrivca and all that stuff. We'll Tendulkar has played against Bangladesh more times than Watson, and has never come anywhere near this feat - So live with it!

  • pargat89 on April 11, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Well played watson. But you can't compare it with sachin's master piece 200 against SA. That was against world's best bowling attack lead by Steyn and Morkel. Watson hammered the weakest bowling attack of BD...

  • rajss315 on April 11, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    @Biggus - My apologies for the assumption that you were from Bangladesh but the rest holds true for the country's cricketers. It doesn't change the fact that they still have a long way to go. As for the lecture of Australian cricketing culture and honour, its hypocrisy. I still remember the cultured way of sledging aussie team is famous for, the Sydney test with India and the honesty of Clarke to wait for the umpire's decision when he nicked one to first slip. Another point, why do you assume that when I criticize BD team, it assumes that I am nationalistic? I said they were not in the same class as a group of nations, including Australia.

  • hris on April 11, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    yes Tendulakar's 200 came against a stronger bowling unit but on a much flatter pitch and on a ground half the size. and this 185* was in 96 balls as opposed to tendulkars 200 in 147 balls. so to me this is an equally good innings

  • Vimal Menon on April 11, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    By seeing the Bangladesh score 229 for 7, the happiest person in the world will be, none other than Sachin Tendulkar. Just because of that his record for One day 200 still stands.

  • baburahman on April 11, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Good Show BD!!!! today is not your day it seems...one monstarus innigns has sealed the fate

  • analyseabhishek on April 11, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    This might just be the break though innings for Watson. It will give him the x-factor that knocks the winds out of opponents before they take on the field! A few runs more and he would have made serious mockery of Tendulkar's record! But it also shows that the Bangladeshi team has serious temperament issues. They get overexcited as well as over deflated equally quickly.

  • jp1810 on April 11, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    Massive 15 sixes are over the Mid wicket region. He is my one of the best slog sweep Player ever in the world...! You beauty Watson...!

  • on April 11, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    the Watson slaughter aside, the greatest problem with Bangladesh is that the whole is not larger than the sum of its parts. For a few years now, they've had players who on their day can compete at the higher levels. However, these are few and far between and you seldom see 4-5 players contributing well on the same day. You need 4-5 guys to step up the game everytime you play. but that seems to happen once every 2-3 years or so or against Zimbabwe.

  • ArifurKhadem on April 11, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    I wouldn't be surprised to see Watson hit past 200 if he had some more overs to bat. It was the worst bowling and fielding effort made by Bangladeshis. Their hearts were not into the game in most part of their fielding. The skipper showed no intelligence in using his bowlers as required. They need a huge change in their last match with both players and batting line-up with a last hope of displaying some quality cricket that was alive before the World Cup. S Hom must replace Raqibul while Mahmudullah being given the opportunity to bat in upper order. -Arif Khadem, Sydney

  • CNBAS5 on April 11, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Great innings...but too late. Not sure he will make such a knock or even 30% of it in a high pressure situation. That's where the difference is between him and the world's greatest.

  • pranavmg on April 11, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    bangladesh proved sidhu right once again.......

  • bgpc on April 11, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    tendulkars 200 was against likes of dale steyn an morkel not against shuvo so dont compare the two innings

  • on April 11, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    well done Watson..........we are looking forward to watch u scoring centuries for RR in the IPL 4

  • chad_reid on April 11, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    R B 4s 6s SR Shane Watson (rhb) 185 96 15 15 192.70

    all i can say is omg omg omg most brutal and entertaining innings ever never seen balls hit so far in my life in most stadiums it would have been out of the stadium

  • CNBAS5 on April 11, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Hey...get your feet on the ground mates. Watto scored against Bangladesh...What was Tendulkar's 200... against the worlds best bowling attack South Africa. Never imagine to cross Tendulkar's mastery...uncomparable genius he is. Watto is a pinch hitter. Sorry to see poor BD pulverised. Good luck next time...dropped catches do not help. What a pity he had taken you for another 13 sixes after your dropped catches. I can't wait to see Aussies playing against Malinga and co and the stumps get thrown out of the ground.

  • Truemans_Ghost on April 11, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    I don't mind admitting when I am wrong. I though Watson would never amount to more than a bits and pieces player but over the last year, and especially today he has proved to be something a bit special. 80% of 230 runs. 15 sixes. Blimey

  • jonesy2 on April 11, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    the best innings in the history of ODI cricket by the best player in the world. he would have made 250 if bangla had made 300 odd. unbelievable, simply incredible. i cant actually find words to descibe how good he is

  • Aristocratt on April 11, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Nice article overall. But it does not capture the first-step-on-the-moon kind of magic in Watson's innings. Imagine, if Australia had batted first, and Watson had batted a few more overs than he was allowed to by Bangladesh's limited score, surely he would have gone past Tendulkar's 200 by a distance. Surely, no batsman in the history of one day cricket has batted like Watson did. No one. Magical. Look at the strike rate, and the great one day innings in the last 30-40 years are put to the shade. Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Sehwag, Viv Richards, Saeed Anwar, Gary Kirsten, Gibbs, Ganguly, Dhoni, Gilchrist, Hayden, Razzak, Pathan, Afridi, none have struck with so much brutal power and scored with such rapidity, not even against the hardly-improving, yet-to-get-off-the-starting-blocks Bangladesh. Fifteen sixes! Fifteen fours! 150 runs in just boundaries by the 26th over. Gosh, if he had batted first, and lasted another 15 or 20 or 24? Anything could have happened. Watto innings.

  • on April 11, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    ohh punter!! Why did you score 37*..? And johnson, why did you bowl well?? Watta , u deserved 200.but even your 185 is better than SRT's double!

  • on April 11, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    another miss match nothing to show for play real top teams amte then we will see how you go

  • soumyas on April 11, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    ohhh mannn..... i was watching bangla batting, aussies were dominating with ball. rahim played some shots to rescue them and posted 229, Competitive total as Ramiz raja from commentary box, in the last overs of batting power play shane watson was hit for 3 fours, That time i was thinking watson might take revenge in batting, after bangla innings i thot it is too easy for Aussies and didn't bother to see the match, after 2 hours tried to see it through streaming, it wasn't coming, i tried and tried still wasn't getting stream on internet, then i came to cricinfo saw the awesome headline..." Brutal watson destroyed bangla...", thinking now.. ohh man..i missed the gr8 innings, i am really searching for the HIGHLIGHTS of this match....

  • on April 11, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    ohh punter!! Why did you score 37*..? And johnson, why did you bowl well?? Watta , u deserved 200.but even your 185 is better than SRT's double!

  • Biggus on April 11, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    @JD04-I hate to disappoint you, 'Buddy' (I'm 48 mate) but I don't watch T20. Not IPL, not the Australian domestic 'Big Bash', not any form of that ghastly format. I'd rather do the dishes or mow the lawn.

  • on April 11, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    he he well done watto. but scoring against hapless bangladesh and world champ india is not the same,, If you have guts, come on and make the same carnage in India.

    But I wish you all the best for your IPL stint.

    Jai ho

  • Siva_Spartan on April 11, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    @Something_Witty: No offense to the spin attack of Bangladesh, Sachin scored his 200 against a very strong top class South African pace attack...a batsman has to score 200 against a similar attack if Sachin's record is to be truly eclipsed.

  • DINESHCC on April 11, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    TWO OPENERS, DIFFERENT MINDSET. KAYES THOUGHT IT WAS A 500 OVER GAME AND SCORED 5 OF 41 BALLS. WATTO THOUGHT IT WAS A 5 OVER MATCH AND SHOWN HIS BRUTALITY.

  • BDHUNTER on April 11, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Thanks god for BD,if AUS need to play 50 ovrs ,guess they will post 500 ,Good pratice batting session for watto before IPL. So ICC should justified the 10 team decision for WC again, i recommened top 8 test nation will go directly and rest of the team should go for qualifier, and top 04/02 can be giving chance.However it will be better for BD player to play indoor games like LUDU,KARRAM.....what they will prefer. Cricket is not for them(Raquib-->Hopeless,Kayes---> best lower order batsman for world class team even IRELAND ). i think TEST status needs to review again for BD. they cann't success if they don't make good wicket for cricket.............

  • Biggus on April 11, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    @rajss315-You seem to think I'm a Bangladeshi, but in fact I'm Australian, and despite our sporting dominance it's part of our culture to 'stick up for the little guy', and to do so is considered honourable. That being the case it's perfectly natural that we would support BD in their endeavours to progress in the game. In Aussie terms it's best expressed in the phrase, "you don't kick a guy when he is down", and frankly I just wish you guys would stop doing so. Given that you've just won the world cup one might think you would have the good grace to be 'noble champions', and perhaps the players themselves are, but it doesn't seem to apply to the fans. Remember, the ideals of cricket are supposed to apply not only to players but also spectators, and the mean-spirited attitude of many Indian fans degrades her team's otherwise meritorious achievements. This nasty, nationalistic side of cricket supporting has to stop or the game as we know it is finished.

  • Meety on April 11, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    @ rajss315 - LOL! Biggus is NOT Bangladeshi!!! LOL!!!!

    re: Watto, after an innings like that - is 250 out of the question??????

  • wnwn on April 11, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Bangladesh simply do not have the bowling attack to compete against the best teams. 3 left arm spinners might work against the likes of Zimbabwe and Ireland but against better teams they will struggle because batsmen will get used to the bowling and dominate it. They need to bring in some leg spinners, left arm fast bowlers and medium pace bowlers to add variety.

  • soumyas on April 11, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    it was a mis match series...bangla players where over hyped, they deserved this thrashing...

  • mathewchrisv on April 11, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    @Luke77: Mate, it would have been only fitting for Watto to have knocked off Tendulkar's 200 against Bangladesh, right? That's possibly the only record of Tendulkar's anyone is going to come even close to! And yeah, just a friendly reminder:THE 200 came against a South African bowling attack. Anyone (let alone any Aussie) crossing THE 200 must surely give you a boost! I totally understand. Keep wishing!

  • on April 11, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Its one of the best innings ever. Watso did a great job. Though Bangladesh bowlers are not world class standard, yet achieving this mark is truly great.

  • soumyas on April 11, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    TIGERS in danger of extinction....save tigers,

  • psychicsaint on April 11, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    sachin's 200 came against a powerful sa bowling attack lead by dale steyn and morne morkel.. not against some minnow like bangladesh!!

  • skyeshwin on April 11, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    What an innings from Watson!!!!! He literally smashed the over-hyped Bangladeshi bowlers(especially the slow left-arm ones). This was waiting to happen for Bangladesh in this series. Well done Watto......Hopefully you will continue to play well in this IPL ...

  • on April 11, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    Ha.. Ha... Ha... Aussis r finding new ways to stay at top n regain their pride...!!!!

  • wambling_future on April 11, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    I guess since people are still outraged(including me) that there should have been a qualifier for at least last 2 spots and Bangladesh and Zimbabwe should go through qualifying round. You will see more and more people scrutinizing BD performance more than before and hence such kind of comments about them. Although Bangladesh aren't helping themselves much either. It's up to them how they lift themselves as now there are more eyes watching them than before and soon they will feel the heat as well. Unfortunately now BD has to prove themselves in every game till the WC'15 to tell everyone that they deserve an automatic entry. Good luck to them... and peace for all :)

  • on April 11, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    really well played by Waston!!!!!!!!! will another Adam Gilchrist ,this is his 2nd 150 + and also he is just 29 years old .sure he will gonna make new records in the future

  • Micky_Panda on April 11, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    This destruction was a warm up for Twenty20. While Kallis is one of the great reliable allrounders for Tests and ODIs he cannot compare in value to Watson for Twenty20 as he is too selfish to really push his run-rate. In Twenty20, when Kallis makes a big score, the team usually loses due to run rate problems. Watson is selfish in a different way altogether. He doesn't want to allow someone else to waste the strike with dot-balls (chuckle). Looking forward to see if Watson can maintain this destruction playing for Rajasthan. I reckon he could win a few matches off his own bat, where others are just too scared to really go for it.

  • on April 11, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Give Watson credit guys, fanstic knock! Pure class! Now, Rajasthan Royals looks MUCH stronger!

  • VipulPatki on April 11, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    I was indeed lucky to have watched the innings. Truly breathtaking stuff. A loss which can very easily be demoralizing but I guess Bangladesh can be proud of their batting effort especially by the wicket-keeper who batted with a tremendous sense of purpose, a welcome change from his previous knock. He is yet to be dismissed by an Aussie bowler! I guess the home side were unlucky to have run in against Watson at his brutal best. Every now and then an ODI inning is played that simply takes one's breath away and Bangladesh need not be ashamed that they were on the receiving end of one such blitz.

  • on April 11, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    I wish Australia had batted first with Watson in such imperious form.. The way he batted, it seemed that even an ODI 300 was very much possible.. 200 was definitely on the cards.. It definitely needs an effort like this to break THE MASTER's record.. This one surely stands apart from all others.. Kudos to Watson for such a glorious innings and hapless pounding on the poor Bangla bowlers.. Rajasthan Royals outfit must be beaming.. Take a bow champ!!

  • on April 11, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    what a innings.. one of the best exhibition of brute power and strokeplay... watson made the bangla bowlers look like school boys bowling to a pro.. hats off for the entertainment..

  • Samdanh on April 11, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    I was watching the closing stages of the Bangladesh Innings. They did well to score as much in the last 5 - the powerplay overs. Ramiz Raja was excited so much that he was almost signalling momentum for a Bangladesh win and "will make Australia sweat".."with 4 spinners in the team".."pitch will deteriorate further".. etc. I am sorry for him. I could not watch the Aus Innings. Hope Ramiz stayed on to do commentary for the Aus innings too. Can imagine how he would have felt through the Aus innnings especially after having mutterred some comments that sounded very immature coming from an experienced commentator. I think it is time for bringing on neutral commentators who enjoy cricket irrespective of which team plays and those who can keep a professional and balaced perspective while doing the commentary or summing up.

  • on April 11, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Watson Bomb exploded in Mirpur!

  • RakeshDash on April 11, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    :)...BD Rocks :P. Well done Watto.

  • pj3000 on April 11, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Watto is a champion well in the making...but all this carnage seems about two weeks too late! A nice 185-ood would have served us well either against Pakistan in the final group match or against India in the QF!

  • on April 11, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    When Watson is smacking senseless, there is very little possibility that someone would win. 185 of 96 deliveries makes him the highest run-getter while chasing a target, eclipsing MS Dhoni's 183. A "Citi moment of success.."

  • Something_Witty on April 11, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Wow what a pity BD didn't score a few more. Sachin's record truly is in danger in the near future.

  • Toufique-Zinat-Billah on April 11, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    As ESPN cricinfo is a very popular site for the cricket world as well as in BANGLADESH, no body should make a bad comment to other nation. Actually it makes their own introduce and also makes a bad impression to their nation. So, we avoid it and honor to other to get honor.

  • on April 11, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    So much disappointed .............

    well played Watson..... u can make 300 on another day............... hope u will do that soon...........)

  • Luke77 on April 11, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    Would have LOVED to see Watto knock off Tendukar's 200 !! Bad luck Bangladesh. We wish you better luck and a tougher contest next match. Well done Aussies!

  • rajss315 on April 11, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    @Biggus - "we Australians and Bangladeshis can enjoy our contest". Seriously dude? This is not a contest, its annihilation by an Aussie side which has arguably the weakest side of the past one decade and yet, it is blowing Bangladesh away. We Indians don't have any problem against Bangladesh, but let's call spade a spade ok. Bangladesh is a very ordinary side and the first step in improving their game is to accept that and move forward. Most guys in your team consider themselves stars and maybe they are in your country but they still have a long way to go be really before competing with the class of India, SL, Pak, SA, Eng or Aus.

  • on April 11, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    wata ininng shane watson

  • screamingeagle on April 11, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    So much for the hosts giving Aussies a fight. Make next WC an 8 man round robin? :P

  • on April 11, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    WATSON VERY CRUEL AND BRUTAL .LOL

  • on April 11, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    @Satwant Singh LOL, I think you should talk to Shane Watson

    What an amazing innings...

  • JD04 on April 11, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    As for "East Bengal", it's pretty much obvious that they should be an Associate Member and put to the test against Zim, Ire, Can in neutral and foreign venues. I doubt whether BD will be able to stand the test. I had already predicted a 3-0 whitewash in favour of Aus at the beginning of the series, and it's turning out exactly like that! A month ago BD were the so called "Tigers roaring for a QF berth"... now I wonder where has the tail of the Tiger gone!!!

  • Biggus on April 11, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    Despite the result I think it was a much improved performance from BD, especially after a terrible start, and they just had the misfortune to have Watson play one of the great one day innings. If I had to make a constructive criticism I'd like the BD slow left armers coming around the wicket to shift their line to middle and off and away from leg. When you're bowling at a guy who's looking to put you over mid-wicket spearing it into leg stump is playing into the batsman's hands. Having said that, it may not have helped as Watson was picking them up from off stump as well but it would have made his task at least a little harder.

  • JD04 on April 11, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    @ Biggus: Buddy we are watching IPL, and you know what... in a day or two you'll also be doing the same just as all BDs! and you feel you're doing your bit to better BD's cricket... mate get your cricket right first and then try to help others'... atleast get a team to win a Test match, which I don't think will happen until and unless you're playing BD itself! Remember the Ashes??!!!

  • VivGilchrist on April 11, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Brilliant innings Watto! But maybe next time bat right-handed and lose the blindfold.

  • Biggus on April 11, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    @Galib Yusuf-You're welcome mate. Smith's one to get Shakib was a cracker, but he did leave a big gap between bat and pad and it's probably a technical issue he'll want to address.

  • masud69 on April 11, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    @Sriram Varadarajan, Shaheed Afridi was right about you Indians-"your heart is not broad enough". why do you hate bangla cricket so much? is it that after winning this world cup also you can;t forget 2007. c'mon man get it over! enjoy your success of this world cup and move on and don't follow bangla cricket. you aren't helping anyway to improve our cricket

  • on April 11, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    @ Sriram Varadarajan ... if it doesnt really matter why bother posting here. i've found you guyz always come up with negativity about other teams plays, specially with Bangladesh. its simply weird & it seems no other country is showing such attitude. try to fix it up.

    @biggus & @Al Dave .. agreed with you

  • on April 11, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Cricket-Petition-against-icc-for-10-team-world-cup/204903979527478

  • on April 11, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    @Mostafa Azad ROFL.....bd is gonna win hehe....im nt joking

  • on April 11, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    @Biggus, Thank you mate for your comments. Very dissappointing to see how these people hate bangladesh so much. They seemed to not forgotten 2007 world Cup debacles. Get over it mate life is too short. Ya Little Mushfiqur did a good job out there . By the way, Smith bowled pretty good today and his balls were turning a bit. Have fun watching the game.

  • Praxis on April 11, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    @Sriram Varadarajan, did you notice the full galleries in the two world-cup quarter-finals in Mirpur? Yeah, the home team played in none of them but still people went & saw those matches. My point is, it does matter what this Bangla team does. This passion and enthusiasm of this huge population will certainly bring good for this game.

  • on April 11, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    there is a possibility of win for bd if the bowling is good

  • Biggus on April 11, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    Well, at the halfway point and BD have done well after a bad start. I'm terribly impressed with Rahim's knock. The little fellow played a really intelligent innings and showed admirable nerve and presence of mind. I loved his hustle between the wickets and towards the end he showed he could hit as well. If they bowl well BD could make things very interesting.

  • Biggus on April 11, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    @Al Dave- I'm totally in agreement mate. I think the Indians should get off the Bangas back and go and watch some IPL, then we Australians and Bangladeshis can enjoy our contest. Whether or not the series is a mismatch or not still remains to be seen but even at this point I see a lot that I like about the BD side, and with a little bit of polishing and a more professional approach they'll do OK. I'm really pleased that we're over there giving them the sort of contest that can help their players improve and acclimatise to elite level cricket.

  • Webba84 on April 11, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    @PrinceOfSalem: Smith's bowling has improved dramatically in the last 6 months or so, and he has already taken two wickets in this match. He is also a very dynamic presence in the field. They're obviously betting on him developing the technique and knowledge to match his enthusiasm and energy. A lot of the complaints about him (and there are sooooooo many complaints) seem just be be based on the fact that people don't like him very much. This is very strange to me (just like all those people who straight faced maintain Ponting and Clark are bad batsmen because they're not very likable) It's just silliness.

  • Kyum-13 on April 11, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Bangladesh needs good and run making players at this time to win over Australia

  • on April 11, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    we are gonna loose for sure. i think our cricketers are the biggest threat to our country

  • on April 11, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    @Sriram, actually it does not matter whether you think it matters or not! In term of news, yes it does matter a lot. If Bangladesh gets out cheaply then Australia wont have enough batting practice to play 50 overs. The last time Australia was here they struggled to survive a test match. So it does matter from Bangladeshis point of view. And also, Australia lost to Bangladesh previously.

  • avirup011 on April 11, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    good decision to drop white, he need a break.Also tim need to play esp haddin didn't give

  • PFEL on April 11, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    Correct decision to drop white for ferguson, jus to out of form. Now just need D.Hussey to replace Smith, he can bat at 7 and be very useful late in the innings and a much more useful ODI bowler than smith aswell

  • PrinceOfSalem on April 11, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    So C.White is finally out and the very talented C.Ferg'son is in. good for Aus cricket. I still don't understand on what basis SPD Smith is still playing. he can't bowl.. ocassionaly bats.. but still in the team. i believe J.Hopes cud have been better.. It seems he is just playing on the basis of potential... It is really silly to see that...more deserving players left out for so called promising players... Cud any of our Aussie friends comment on that.. just making sure. i'm not wrong about Smith

  • Cam_PT on April 11, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    The World Cup is over. Seems a bit pointless now, but good for Ferguson. I hope he gets a long run. Sean Marsh should be in the squad too. Seems bizarre he's forgotten about.

  • Love_Tiger_Cricket on April 11, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Last night BD won the toss and chose to bowl first and lost. In the 2nd game Mr. Shakib won the toss and chose to bat. Since all the other variables remained the same it's hard to figure out what was his rationale for choosing to bowl first in the 1st game and what is his rationale for choosing to bat first in the 2nd game. It's as if choosing to bat first in the 2nd game is going to have some effect on the outcome. Come on...Wake up...Who is Shakib kidding? BD didn't lose the first game because they chose to bowl first. They lost because they batted horribly. And the outcome of the 2nd game wouldn't change the slightest due to their decision to bat first...they got to bat a whole lot better. And why was Mashrafe dropped again? If Mashrafe can't play he has no chance of getting back his form and it's going to be a huge loss for BD. It's no secret how Shakib feels threatened by Mashrafe's presence. Isn't their any adult in the selection committee anymore?

  • gorod675 on April 11, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    It took a series against england, the world cup and a match against Bangladesh for the selectors to realise what poor form cameron white is in.

  • on April 11, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    it does not really matter what bangladesh does, or does not!

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  • on April 11, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    it does not really matter what bangladesh does, or does not!

  • gorod675 on April 11, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    It took a series against england, the world cup and a match against Bangladesh for the selectors to realise what poor form cameron white is in.

  • Love_Tiger_Cricket on April 11, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Last night BD won the toss and chose to bowl first and lost. In the 2nd game Mr. Shakib won the toss and chose to bat. Since all the other variables remained the same it's hard to figure out what was his rationale for choosing to bowl first in the 1st game and what is his rationale for choosing to bat first in the 2nd game. It's as if choosing to bat first in the 2nd game is going to have some effect on the outcome. Come on...Wake up...Who is Shakib kidding? BD didn't lose the first game because they chose to bowl first. They lost because they batted horribly. And the outcome of the 2nd game wouldn't change the slightest due to their decision to bat first...they got to bat a whole lot better. And why was Mashrafe dropped again? If Mashrafe can't play he has no chance of getting back his form and it's going to be a huge loss for BD. It's no secret how Shakib feels threatened by Mashrafe's presence. Isn't their any adult in the selection committee anymore?

  • Cam_PT on April 11, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    The World Cup is over. Seems a bit pointless now, but good for Ferguson. I hope he gets a long run. Sean Marsh should be in the squad too. Seems bizarre he's forgotten about.

  • PrinceOfSalem on April 11, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    So C.White is finally out and the very talented C.Ferg'son is in. good for Aus cricket. I still don't understand on what basis SPD Smith is still playing. he can't bowl.. ocassionaly bats.. but still in the team. i believe J.Hopes cud have been better.. It seems he is just playing on the basis of potential... It is really silly to see that...more deserving players left out for so called promising players... Cud any of our Aussie friends comment on that.. just making sure. i'm not wrong about Smith

  • PFEL on April 11, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    Correct decision to drop white for ferguson, jus to out of form. Now just need D.Hussey to replace Smith, he can bat at 7 and be very useful late in the innings and a much more useful ODI bowler than smith aswell

  • avirup011 on April 11, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    good decision to drop white, he need a break.Also tim need to play esp haddin didn't give

  • on April 11, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    @Sriram, actually it does not matter whether you think it matters or not! In term of news, yes it does matter a lot. If Bangladesh gets out cheaply then Australia wont have enough batting practice to play 50 overs. The last time Australia was here they struggled to survive a test match. So it does matter from Bangladeshis point of view. And also, Australia lost to Bangladesh previously.

  • on April 11, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    we are gonna loose for sure. i think our cricketers are the biggest threat to our country

  • Kyum-13 on April 11, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Bangladesh needs good and run making players at this time to win over Australia