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‘ Sixy ’ Watson blasts Bangladesh

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    Shane Watson struck a world record 15 sixes in an
    unbeaten innings of 185 from only 96 balls to take
    Australia to a crushing nine-wicket victory over
    Bangladesh in the second one-day international on
    Monday. Watson, who also cracked 15 boundaries,
    broke the previous record of 12 set by Xavier Marsh all of West Indies who hit 12 sixes against Canada
    at King City in 2008. His innings is also the highest one-day innings by
    an Australian, surpassing Matthew Hayden's 181
    against New Zealand in 2007. It took Australia to
    232 for one from just 26 overs after their bowlers
    had restricted Bangladesh to 229 for seven. Watson looked in ominous touch from the start,
    hitting paceman Shafiul Islam for three boundaries
    in the first over, before striking Bangladesh skipper
    Shakib Al Hasan for a six in the third over. He was particularly harsh on left-arm spinner
    Suhrawadi Shuvo, striking him for four sixes off
    consecutive deliveries in the 22nd over shortly after
    he had been dropped twice. Watson completed his century in just 69 balls with a
    boundary through extra cover off Shafiul and was
    dropped by Abdur Razzak off the next ball at long-
    on. FIGHTING CHANCE Two overs later, left-arm spinner Razzak was
    unlucky not to get his wicket when Raqibul Hasan
    dropped a simple catch at deep mid-wicket with the
    batsman on 114. Watson never looked back and added 85 runs off
    only 27 balls after completing his sixth ODI century. "It was one of those days when everything you do
    comes out of the middle of the bat and goes into
    the gap," Watson told reporters. "At one point I
    was pretty tired and it was humid out there, so I
    didn't really want to run too much. "There was a nice little over and I got a few in the
    middle that saved my running." His unbroken second wicket stand with former
    captain Ricky Ponting (37 not out) yielded 170
    runs. Brad Haddin (8) was the only batsman out in
    Australian innings when he was caught by
    Mahmudullah at mid-wicket off Shakib. Mitchell Johnson was the most successful of the
    Australian bowlers with three for 54. Australia won
    the first game in the three-match series by 60 runs.
    The third and final match will be staged at the same
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