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.
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)