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Australia seal series with 39-run win against West Indies at Canberra

Canberra: Feb 6, 2013

Australia trumped the West Indies by 39 runs in the third One-Day International at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Wednesday to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

After setting a target of 330 against the Caribbean side, the Australians bowled out the opposition for in 47.3 overs to register a win.

Earlier in the first innings, Shane Watson hit a century on his return from injury and Phil Hughes cracked 86 as Australia scored a daunting 329 for seven.

Watson, opening the innings after five weeks out with a calf injury, smashed 122 off 111 balls in a welcome return to form before this month’s four-Test tour to India.

He 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, followed by a four as he threatened to go on for a big ton at the Manuka Oval.

But Watson holed out to Kieron Pollard — one of four catches to the athletic West Indian — two balls later, top-edging to deep backward square leg as he went after Roach’s second-last ball of his eighth over.

Hughes, who gave a chance cutting through slip on six, threw away the opportunity to make his third ODI century this season when he was caught behind off Sammy for 86.

Brief Scores: Australia 329 for 7 in 50 overs (Shane Watson 122, Phil Hughes 86, George Bailey 44; Darren Sammy 2 for 49) bt West Indies 290 all-out in 47.3 overs (Darren Bravo 86, Dwayne Bravo 51, Kieran Powell 47; James Faulkner 4 for 48) by 39 runs.

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