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Monday, April 11, 2011

You beauty! Shane Watson hits world record number of sixes as Australia coast to victory over Bangladesh !!!!!!!!


Shane Watson struck a world record 15 sixes on his way to an amazing 185 to help Australia win the second one-day international by nine wickets against Bangladesh.
Watson made his runs off only 96 balls, as Australia cruised to a comfortable victory in Dhaka, and a 2-0 lead in the series.
The previous record for sixes was 12, set by West Indian Xavier Marshall against Canada in 2008.
You beauty: Shane Watson smashes the ball towards the boundary in Dhaka
You beauty: Shane Watson smashes the ball towards the boundary in Dhaka
Matthew Hayden held the previous record for Australia's top score in one-day cricket, with his unbeaten 181 against New Zealand in 2007.
Watson also broke the record for most runs in boundaries in a one-day international innings.
The Queenslander also starred in the field with two catches and a wicket as Bangladesh limped to 229 for seven from their 50 overs.
Australia captain Michael Clarke claimed afterwards that Watson's innings was the best he had ever seen.
'He hit the ball so cleanly from the first ball today and what an amazing achievement. It was great to sit and watch that,' Clarke said. 'That was probably the best innings I've ever seen.'

Ton-derful: Shane Watson celebrates in Dhaka
Ton-derful: Shane Watson celebrates in Dhaka
Watson himself attributed luck and the hot sub-continental conditions to the way his innings played out.
He said: '(It was) just one of those days when everything you try comes off. You get a little bit of luck along the way which helps as well.
'I had no idea [about the record]. It was just that I was pretty tired and I didn't want to run too much. It was just quite hot and humid today so I thought I'd limit my running and hit a few boundaries and it worked out nicely.'
Not a bad day at the office: Watson has every reason to smile
Not a bad day at the office: Watson has every reason to smile
With left-arm paceman Mitchell Johnson claiming three for 54, the hosts needed good knocks from Shahriar Nafees (56) and Mushfiqur Rahim (81 not out) to enable them to set any kind of total.
Johnson had Bangladesh in trouble early on as both Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes were caught by Watson, before Raqibul Hasan was bowled for a duck by John Hastings.
Bangladesh laboured their way to 62 in 20 overs, thanks mainly to Nafees, but skipper Shakib Al Hasan could only add nine before being bowled by Steve Smith.
Nafees hit Xavier Doherty for four to bring up his 50 in 68 balls but the glimmer of hope was halted when Smith caught him off his own bowling shortly after.
Rahim and Mahmudullah brought much needed respite with their 79-run stand that boosted Bangladesh's recovery but ended with the latter out lbw to Watson after a patient 38 off 51 balls.
Rahim's defiant strokeplay continued, helping Bangladesh pick up 59 runs in the batting powerplay, in a closing-over blitz that also saw Watson and Brett Lee hit for 14 and 17 respectively in a single over.
In reply, Watson hit three boundaries in the first over to kick-start the chase and followed it up with four sixes to race away to a half-century in just 26 deliveries.
Fellow opener Brad Haddin departed for eight, but Watson carried on regardless and, joined by former captain Ricky Ponting (37 off 42 balls), helped Australia cross the 100 mark inside 15 overs before himself reaching triple figures.
Watson carted Suhrawadi Shuvo four successive times over the boundary in the 22nd over and then broke the sixes record by smashing Abdul Razzaq into the stands three times.

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