Watson, Faulkner star in Australia's series win

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Back with a bangShane Watson hit a century on his return to help Australia win the ODI series.PHOTO: AFP
Back with a bangShane Watson hit a century on his return to help Australia win the ODI series.PHOTO: AFP

Shane Watson hit a century on his return from injury and James Faulkner claimed four wickets as Australia beat the West Indies by 39 runs to claim their one-day international series on Wednesday.

Watson, opening the innings after four weeks out with a calf injury, smashed 122 off 111 balls. Supported by 86 from Phil Hughes, he helped Australia reach 329 for seven after winning the toss in the third ODI of the five-game series.

The home side then dismissed the West Indies for 290 off 47.3 overs with left-arm medium pacer Faulkner claiming four for 48 — all bowled — to achieve another emphatic victory.

Century on return

Watson reached his seventh ODI century off 102 balls and then set about Kemar Roach, clubbing a huge six logged at 114 metres (374 feet) into the stands. This was followed by a four as he threatened to go on for a big ton on the bat-friendly Manuka Oval pitch.

But two balls later Watson holed out to Kieron Pollard, one of four catches to the athletic West Indian, top-edging to deep backward square leg as he went after Roach's second-last ball of his eighth over. Hughes lost the opportunity to make his third ODI century this season when he was caught behind off Darren Sammy for 86. The West Indies would have had to make history to overhaul the Australian total, with their biggest previous ODI run chase 324 for eight against India at Nagpur in 2006-07.

Bowled over by Faulkner

Brothers Darren and Dwayne Bravo gave the tourists a fighting 114-run partnership for the third wicket before Mitchell Starc bowled Dwayne Bravo middle stump for 51 off 50 balls. Faulkner bowled Chris Gayle for two with the first ball after drinks before removing the dangerous Darren Bravo three balls later.

Faulkner bowled him for 86 off 96 balls to put the skids under the West Indians. He finished with two more wickets, clean-bowling spinner Sunil Narine (1) and skipper Sammy (8) to wrap up the Australian victory.

Sensational performance by Pollard

Pollard, who was run out for nine by Mitchell Johnson, earlier put in a sensational performance in the field with two stupendous catches on the boundary ropes.

Glenn Maxwell was left shaking his head when he was out to a brilliant one-handed catch for four by a leaping Pollard on the boundary as he looked to smash spinner Narine for six. Pollard then plucked another near-replica one-handed leaping catch on the rope to end George Bailey's cameo of 44 off 22 balls and give Narine his second wicket.AFP

S. Watson c Pollard b Roach 122

A. Finch c Thomas b Sammy 38

P. Hughes c Thomas b Sammy 86

M. Clarke c and b Pollard 15

G. Bailey c Pollard b Narine 44

G. Maxwell c Pollard b Narine 4

M. Wade not out 4

J. Faulkner b Bravo 2

M. Johnson not out 8

(b1, w3, nb2)

(7 wkts; 50 overs)

: 1-89, 2-201, 3-242, 4-284, 5-299, 6-317, 7-321

Roach 9-1-72-1, Russell 5-0-41-0, Sammy 8-0-49-2 , DJ Bravo 7-0-39-1, Narine 10-0-55-2, Gayle 5-0-36-0 , Pollard 6-0-36-1

K. Powell c Wade b Maxwell 47

D. Thomas c Hughes b McKay 19

D.M. Bravo b Faulkner 86

D.J. Bravo b Starc 51

C. Gayle b Faulkner 2

K. Pollard run out (Johnson) 9

A. Russell c Wade b McKay 43

R. Sarwan b Johnson 12

D. Sammy b Faulkner 8

S. Narine b Faulkner 1

K. Roach not out 1

(lb4, w6, nb1)

(all out; 47.3 overs)

1-54, 2-81, 3-195, 4-214, 5-215, 6-234, 7-264, 8-281, 9-289, 10-290

McKay 10-1-62-2, Starc 7-0-50-1, Johnson 9-1-59-1, Faulkner 8.3-1-48-4, Maxwell 10-0-44-1, Clarke 3-0-23-0



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