Watson Century Sets Pakistan 251 To Win In Abu Dhabi
Australia 250-4 (Watson 116no, Ferguson 41no) v
Fifth One Day International, Abu Dhabi
Shane Watson scored his second One Day International century, carrying his bat as Australia reached 250 for four in the fifth and final match against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.
Having sealed the series two days ago, Australia were in no mood to release any pressure on the Pakistani, Watson, in the side as a batsman only following a back injury, scored 116 in 146 balls, with six fours and two fours after Australia won the toss and chose to bat first.
He added 58 with Brad Haddin (36) for the first wicket before Shoaib Akhtar struck to have the wicket-keeper well caught by captain Younus Khan at mid off and six overs later, Marcus North was dismissed for five, stumped trying to charge off-spinner Saeed Ajmal.
Watson then added 57 with in-form captain Michael Clarke for the third wicket. Their stand was ended when Umar Gul induced Clarke to edge to Kamran Akmal behind the stumps. Andrew Symonds made a swift 15 before he was bowled by Shoaib Malik.
Callum Ferguson then helped Watson take advantage of the batting Power Play by making 41 in 42 balls.
Australia lead the series 3-1.
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