Mirpur, April 11: A phenomenal, unbeaten 185 off 96 balls by Shane Watson took Australia to a crushing 9 wicket win over Bangladesh. Watson's innings which was studded with a record 15 fours and 15 sixes (the most in an individual innings) helped the visitors overhaul the hosts' total of 229 in just 26 overs to wrap up the three-match series 2-0. Captain Shakib Al Hasan was the only bowler to escape Watson's onslaught with respectable figures of 1/35 in 7 overs, while all the other bowlers went wicketless and at over 8.28 runs an over (scorecard).
Watson completely overshadowed the efforts of Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim who earlier scored 81 off 80 balls to revive his side's innings when it was tottering at 65/4. Watson took off from the first over itself, smashing Sahfiul Islam for three boundaries. Then he hammered a four off slow-let armer Abdur Razzak before launching Shakib Al Hasan for a six in the 3rd over. In the 6th over, Watson went after Razzak again, knocking a six and a four off him and then carted Hasan for two sixes to take Australia past 50 in just the 7th over.
Haddin tried to follow suit, but was caught at midwicket off Mahmudullah fo0r 8 off 19 balls. But with Ricky Ponting for company now, Watson wouldn't back down. He kept dispatching the ball to the fence and over it, taking two fours each off Rubel Hossain in the 12th and 14th overs to take Australia past 100, before carting Suhrawadi Shuvo for a four and six and clobbering two more fours off Sahfiul Islam in the 21st over.
But Watson's brutality was still to show itself completely. In the 22nd over, soon after Australia had crossed 150, he hammered four consecutive maximums off Shuvo to bring his side within sight of victory. Then one more six off Mahmullah, three sixes and four off Razzak and two fours and six off Hossain, took the visitors home at the end of the 26th over. Ricky Ponting was not out on 37.