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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Cricket

Watson, Faulkner star in series win
AFP
Canberra, February 07, 2013
First Published: 02:01 IST(7/2/2013)
Last Updated: 02:03 IST(7/2/2013)

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 after wins by nine wickets and 54 runs in Perth.

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.

But two balls later Watson holed out to Kieron Pollard, one of four catches to the athletic West Indian.
It was a welcome return to form for Watson before this month's four-Test tour to India.

Brief scores: Australia 329-7 (Watson 122, Hughes 86; Darren Sammy 2-49); West Indies 290 (Darren Bravo 86; James Faulkner 4-48).


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