Mirpur, April 13: In the third and final one-dayer of Australia tour of Bangladesh, the visitors were intent on routing the hosts 3-zip as they surged to 350/5 in 50 overs. Almost all of the top and middle order came good, though Shane Watson, with a 40-ball 72 and Mike Hussey with a 108 off 91 balls stood out for their side.
Watson appeared to have picked up from where he had left off after his blistering century in the last match, smashing Shafiul Islam for two fours in the first over. Ponting tried to follow suit by carting Mashrafe Mortaza for a boundary in the second over before he was dropped by Abdur Razzak at midwicket. Then Watson continued his brutality against Islam, slamming him for four fours in the 3rd over as Australia raced to 30/0 in 3 overs.
Ponting got into the act, clobbering Mortaza for two fours and six in the next over, before he and Watson each knocked a four off Islam in the 5th to bring up Australia's 50. Two more fours came off Watson's bat in the 6th over and in the 8th, Ponting smashed Mortaza for a boundary, while Watson heaved him for a six as the score now read 80/0 in 8 overs.
Shakib Al Hasan brought his slow-left-arm into the attack, but Watson immediately launched him into orbit to notch up his 50 in just 25 balls. After smacking another boundary off Razzak, Watson and Ponting scurried a few singles to bring up their side's 100 in 10 overs. But Watson finally ran out of steam when Razzak bowled him for 72 off 40 balls. The visitors were 114/1 in 12 overs.
Ponting was determined to take advantage of the powerplay, smashing a couple of fours before he too perished to Razzak. The Aussie captain was out for 47 off 50 balls with his side at 129/2 in 15.3 overs. The momentum seemed to have tilted every so slightly Bangaldesh's way when Suhrawadi caught and bowled Steven Smith for 5 off 9 balls.
But Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey put the house in order. The duo took their side past 150 in the 21st over and motored along. 10 overs later, the two had taken Australia past 200. Hussey then struck a four off Mahmudullah in the 34th over to complete his half-century.
Then almost immediately after the batting powerplay was taken, Mortaza bowled Clarke for 47 off 62 balls. The powerplay also yielded the wicket of Callum Ferguson for 3 off 6 balls, also off the bowling of Mortaza. With just 11 overs remaining, Mitchell Johnson cut loose, sending Mortaza for a four and two sixes as Australia scaled to 267/5 in 40 overs. Then he teamed up with Hussey to take 15 runs off Islam in the 41st over.
Australia crossed 300 in the 44th over and pressed ahead. But soon after, Mortaza brought Johnson's cameo of 41 off 24 balls to an end when the latter holed out to deep midwicket as the score now read 308/6 in 44.4 overs. Razzak pegged one more back when he trapped Tim Paine in front for 7 as Australia slipped to 320/7.
With John Hastings for company, Hussey struck two fours to notch up his century off 87 balls. Hussey was finally out to Shafiul Islam fopr 108 off 91 balls, but a flourish at the end from Hastings helped Australia end on 361/8 in 50 overs.