Watson also scored the most runs in boundaries in an ODI innings. The previous record was Herschelle Gibbs's 126 runs in boundaries during his 175 in Johannesburg in 2006.
Watson scored 185 off 96 balls, out of a total of 232. 80% of the runs. "Made my job easy," Ponting tells Neo Sports. "Just had to get a single to give him strike. No one expected it to get over that fast. I have been lucky to play with some great players, Watto has played some great innings ... this was an amazing innings. Some of those sixes would have cleared any boundary in the world. Probably won't sink into us for a while how good that was ..."
This is also the highest score by an Australian in an ODI. Beating Hayden's 181 against New Zealand.
Shakib looks a little shell shocked at the presentation ceremony. "He batted really well, all the credit goes to him ... We put on a reasonable total, but the way he batted ... when we started with spinners the ball was coming on to the bat nicely, by the time the ball stopped coming on to the bat he was well set and hitting everything."
Clarke: "That's probably the best innings I've seen. Hit the ball so cleanly from the start today ... full credit to Watto." Clarke's also happy with the way his spinners bowled.
Shane Watson is the Man of the Match. Obviously. "Nice day today," he says with a smile. "Everything came off and a little bit of luck as well." Was the sixes record planned? "I had no idea, I was pretty tired and didn't want to run too much. Was pretty hot and humid so I tried to limit my running and it worked out nicely. The ball didn't turn too much today ... made it easier to execute."
That's it from us at ESPNcricinfo for the moment, join us day after tomorrow for the final game of this series. Did I mention that Australia have won it 2-0? I'm off to watch happy animated movies after this violence. Thank you for all your emails today. Cheers.
Come on Ponting, leave the winning runs to Watto.
Well had Bangladesh scored a few more runs, I have no doubt that Watson would have gone past 200 today. He is unstoppable.
I'm getting so many angry emails directed at Oscar Wood from Sachin fans.
"I wish Australia were chasing 400, then Watson could get 300, take that Sachin," says Oscar Wood.
Xavier Marshall holds the record for most sixes in an ODI innings - 12 v Canada. Watson has 11.