At Grenada’s National Stadium in the third one-day international Australia defeated the West Indies by seven wickets. The highlight of this match was the maiden international century by Shane Watson.
Due to this victory Australia has taken a 3-0 lead in the best-of-five series. The last two matches to be played in St. Kitts have become dead rubbers.
The West Indies were defending their total of 223 and Shaun Marsh was dismissed by Fidel Edwards for a duck. Then Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson made a 190 runs partnership for the second wicket which is the highest ever limited overs second wicket partnership by Australia in the West Indies.
Watson scored 126 runs in 122 balls and this was his first hundred in international cricket which came after more than six years since his one-day debut for his country. This all-rounder from Queensland was pestered by several injuries during his career and was included in the team as a late replacement for Matthew Hayden. Watson was very patient and poised in the initial stage of the innings and only accelerated afterwards. After his century he was embraced by Ponting who was dismissed for 69 off the bowling of Gayle.
Amongst the West Indian bowlers only Dwayne Bravo and Edwards looked good however there were several misfields and dropped catches by the Windies team.