Clarke hails 'best innings'
"It was great to sit and watch that", says Aussie skipper
Last Updated: 11/04/11 12:07pm
Clarke: Delighted with Watson
Australia captain Michael Clarke labelled Shane Watson's swashbuckling 185 not out "the best innings I've ever seen" as Bangladesh were put to the sword in Mirpur.
Opener Watson broke the record for most sixes in an ODI innings, smashing 15 and as many boundaries as Australia chased down the target of 230 in just 26 overs to win the three-match series 2-0.
Bangladesh, to their credit, had fought back well in the morning - after Mitchell Johnson's opening spell saw them crumble to 88-5 - with Mushfiqur Rahim blazing his way to an unbeaten 81 in the middle and closing stages.
"That was probably the best innings I've ever seen.
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But the home crowd were left scurrying for cover under a barrage of boundary shots by Watson - who had earlier also taken two catches and a wicket - as his heroics proved too much to handle for the hosts.
Clarke said: "That was probably the best innings I've 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.
"I thought they (Bangladesh) finished really well. In the last five overs they got 50-odd runs, which was probably 20 to 30 more than we expected, but full credit to Watto.
"The way he played, he managed to get the runs quite easily."
Watson 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."
"We thought we put on a good, reasonable total. We thought we could fight it out.
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Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan added: "We thought we put on a good, reasonable total. We thought we could fight it out.
"But we didn't put the ball in the right areas. And Watson batted really well. He took the game away from us and deserves all the credit."