Australia vs Bangladesh, 2nd ODI --->> Scorecard
Result: Australian won by 9 wickets / Won the series 2-0, one match to go.
Many will rant on that this epic century came against Bangladesh, “just Bangladesh”.
Fact is, Watto still had to go out there and score all those runs and do it in tough conditions to maintain that power and focus to execute 15 sixes, also coming against slower paced bowling. Maintaining that consistency to belt the ball like that and do it at that rate in the weather conditions was something.
It’s a brilliant achievement and what a machine!
After following on from the Skipper, Michael Clarke, who scored his 6th ODI century, Watto – the Vice Skipper – scored his 6th century in this 2nd ODI of the three match series, and decided to take some records along with it.
Remember this innings, don’t take it for granted and in time it will set in just how good it was!
In the modern stage of Twenty20 overkill and the expected sight with a barrage of sixes via, at times, terrible technical execution of shot selection (and luck), this was a composed innings with elegance and incredible power by a bloke who is now one of the best batsmen around, nestling in as one of the finest Australian batsmen of all time and how far has he come along in general?
It’s just another splendid effort.
Here’s some of the general info regarding his innings:
- The highest ODI total by an Australian batsman, passing Matthew Hayden’s record of 181 versus New Zealand in 2007 (just before his insane World Cup campaign)
- The second fastest ODI century by an Australian. Haydos deservedly still holds the record from 66 deliveries.
- It was the most sixes EVER in an ODI innings, featuring 15 brutal sixes (including 4 in a row in one over). It surpassed Xavier Marshall’s 12 sixes (West Indies).
- It was Watto’s highest ODI score, beating his previous of 161* against England during the summer.
- It was the most runs scored via boundaries in an ODI. 150 runs (x15 fours, x15 sixes), passing Herschelle Gibbs’ 120 runs in boundaries during the 438 match at the Wanderers in 2006.
SR Watson: 185* runs/ 96 deliveries/ x15 fours/ x15 sixes/ 192.70 strike-rate.
Brad Haddin departed early again. I still think he is right at the top of the order for now but I was hoping he’d have a good innings as it would have been nice for Hads to have a break and Tim Paine to have a chance to do some Keeping. Maybe Hads can do some fielding in the final ODI?
Not a lot of running by Watto in the really muggy conditions, so he took the aerial route!
During his partnership with Ricky Ponting, Punter only added 37 runs as he simply returned strike to Watto as often as possible.
The two of them scored the highest partnership for Australia in limited overs cricket during the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy semi-final, but this time it was Watto who owned the show. It is awesome to see Punter hitting sixes again in crisp style! I’m glad he was there till the end. Good time in the middle for Punter and equally entertaining for him as well as it was for us to see it.
Cameron White was left out of the side following his very concerning form slump. I think his outing to India for the IPL will help him out, believe it or not. It will allow him to play aggressive cricket and really lunge at the bowlers to try up the confidence meter with less pressure.
Callum Ferguson deserves his place in the side and while he was merely a fielder for this game, it would be a huge relief for Callum to have been placed in the starting XI. He has to play more games for Australia. He’s going to be an invaluable member of this team in years to come and his style of batting is effective in the sub-continent conditions. I’m confident about this forecast.
Pity for Cameron, but the call is the right one. Further time continuing to play a bloke in a form slump can do more damage than good.
The bowling was alright. Nothing spectacular and it was frustrating not seeing 10 wickets fall in another outing, but the total was kept under control and at no point did it look like Bangladesh would run away with it.
Mushfiqur Rahim put up a brilliant fight for his 81 runs and gave some of our bowlers a hiding, but it was overshadowed by Watto as he dominated with the bat and won the game for Australia, securing the series.
Brett Lee still chases that 350th wicket (puts him 30 behind Glenn McGrath’s 380 wickets) and bowled with consistency and unfortunately took a beating at the end of his spell. Hope the champ gets that wicket in the final ODI!
While Mitchell Johnson was wayward – has to happen some days – he picked up three wickets at under 6 runs an over.
Steven Smith was given a decent bowl out and picked up two wickets. I haven’t been a supporter for Stevo to appear as an almost given in the starting XI but this is also because I don’t know what his role is. This has never been made clear and it was atleast pleasing to see him send down some very effective overs!
Xavier Doherty bowled very well in my opinion. He got some decent flight but generated consistent spin and hit his areas nicely. The bloke needs more game time cause he’s decent enough to fulfil a spinners role but we can’t handle chopping and changing.
Shane Watson ensured Bangladesh would be walking away with no momentum and played an innings that may be dismissed given it was against a “minnow” side in a “meaningless” tournament, but if you are a loyal Australian supporter and understand the importance of this next era and that every game for Australia is won to try and support the boys to win, you will appreciate Watto’s effort for the rest of your cricket viewing days!
That’s the series! Well done to Michael Clarke on his first series as the official Skipper of the Green & Gold and another special well done to Watto. Go you good thing!
One game to go, 3-0 will be what the boys set off to do. Then it’s IPL for some, for others it’s a lengthy break until Sri-Lanka.
Shane Watson’s innings wagon wheel & the Australian innings Worm (aka Watson worm):
Courtesy of Cricinfo.
The Shane Watson 185* gallery.
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