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86dThe Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan at the MCG

Watson's epic guides Australia to victory

Shane Watson produced one of Australia's finest one-day hundreds to carry them to a record-breaking six-wicket win at MCG with the highest successful chase on the ground

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SR Watson
161(150) 12x4 - 4x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 95 runs
  • 8x4 - 4x6
8 13 23 13 8 8 49 39
KP Pietersen
78(75) 2x4 - 3x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 29 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
5 7 5 2 16 5 31 7

Best performances - Bowlers

SPD Smith
O3
M0
R12
W2
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DJ Hussey
O6
M0
R42
W2
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

England , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the 7-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.20 start, First Session 14.20-17.50 Interval 17.50-18.35, Second Session 18.35-22.05

Match days

16 January 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

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Australia win by six wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the one-day series, and Shane Watson has been their hero tonight. What an innings it was from him, one of the best one-day innings in recent memory. It was almost a chanceless knock, perfectly-paced and calm under pressure. There was always the feeling that if Australia could get someone to bat through the innings they'd finish on top. England were aggressive with the bat, but didn't use the last two balls of their innings and how much of a difference could that have made? It's been a riveting summer of cricket between these two teams in the Test matches, and the limited-overs games look like they're going to be just as enthralling. And Australia have a reason to smile at last.

"It was a nice night tonight," says Watson. "It's always nice when things go your way. I was struggling for a while there and started cramping up. It would've been nice if I'd got a big score like this in the Ashes, but this is some consolation. It's nice to go 1-0 up but we're going to have to play some good cricket all through this series to win it."

"An outstanding effort from Shane Watson, one of the great one-day innings," concedes Strauss. "We didn't take early wickets, if we had done we would've been right ahead of the game. They needed someone to anchor the innings and Watson did so. We had a platform to get 310 at least there, but we lost too many wickets too softly. Watson showed how destructive he can be. Losing Anderson and Broad, our two bankers on one-day cricket, you put a lot of the onus on the guys coming in. It's hard to swallow this one, but we'll come back hard in Hobart."

And that is all from your commentary team today. We hope you've enjoyed our coverage, and if you've missed any of the action do have a look at Andrew McGlashan's bulletin. The second game is in Hobart on Friday, see you then!

49.1
6
Shahzad to Watson, SIX runs, Watson roars Australia's victory! What a way to do it, a full toss is cracked baseball-style into the crowd behind long-on!

Shahzad to bowl the last over. Third man, cover sweeper, long-on out. Fine leg up.

END OF OVER:
49 | 6 Runs | AUS: 291/4 (4 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.93, RRR: 4.00)

  • SR Watson155 (149b)
  • CL White25 (23b)
  • TT Bresnan10-0-71-2
  • A Shahzad7-0-45-1

Four runs needed from the last over ... this isn't over yet, but one hit will do it

48.6
1
Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, very full, Watson meets it on the full and powers the ball down to long-on
48.5
0
Bresnan to Watson, no run, perfect yorker from Bresnan, you simply can't put that away and Watson digs it out to midwicket
48.4
1
Bresnan to White, 1 run, another full toss, this time White can't capitalise and picks up just one out to deep square
48.3
0
Bresnan to White, no run, another great yorker, White digs it out to cover
48.2
4
Bresnan to White, FOUR runs, the attempted yorker slips out as a low full toss, and White lifts it to the wide long-on boundary! Is that the blow that puts Australia definitively ahead?

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st110BJ HaddinSR Watson
2nd103MJ ClarkeSR Watson
3rd7SR WatsonSPD Smith
4th24MEK HusseySR Watson
5th53SR WatsonCL White