Sydney, Feb 6(ANI): Shane Watson's brilliant comeback century helped Australia beat West Indies by 39 runs in the third one-day on a flat Manuka Oval deck in Canberra, as the hosts took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
Watson had not played an international match in six weeks since he broke down with a calf injury and he made an immediate impact when he smacked 122 runs off 111 balls, helping Australia reach 329 for seven wickets in their stipulated fifty overs, News.com.au reports.
Phillip Hughes also chimed in with 86 off 93 balls to continue his summer renaissance.
Just when the hosts thought they were set for an early night in the nation's capital, the Windies wasted no time getting the scoreboard ticking over.
Birthday boy Darren Bravo (86 off 96) and his older brother Dwayne Bravo (51 off 50) piled on 114 runs for the third wicket to set up a thrilling finale.
But when James Faulkner dismissed danger man Chris Gayle (2) and Darren Bravo in the same over, the Caribbean run chase was as good as over, the paper said.
Faulkner went on to finish with 4-48 off 8.3 overs, but is expected to land in hot water with match officials for directing the 'F-word' towards Gayle when he was bowled.
The 11,500 tickets for the first international in Canberra involving Australia sold out before Christmas, and they were treated to plenty of runs, the paper added.
It was the remarkable catch by Kieron Pollard at deep square leg to dismiss Glenn Maxwell (four) which probably drew the biggest applause, with the acrobatic outfield effort destined to become a YouTube sensation. (ANI)