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

Watson powers Australia to series win


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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  • John 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2011, 5:05 GMT

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

  • Andrew 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!!!!

  • Andrew 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.

  • Nagesh 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 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?

  • Mustafa 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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Watson this is not IPL. Just play ODI cricket.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Christopher 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.

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