Australia took an unassailable 3-0 series lead against the West Indies on Wednesday, winning the third ODI by 39 runs in Canberra thanks to four wickets by James Faulkner and century by Shane Watson.
Watson made 122 off 111 balls, and after he departed, Phil Hughes continued with the onslaught as the Aussies posted 329 for seven in their fifty overs. A flurry of wickets fell at the death, as the score could have been much higher, if not for two stunning catches from Kieron Pollard.
The Windies then made a good fist of the chase, but lost regular wickets, four crucial ones to Faulkner. Darren Bravo tried valiantly with his 86 off 96 balls, but in the end they were all out for 290 in the 48th over.
The Aussies won the toss and chose to bat first, and they started off relatively sedately. Watson and Aaron Finch put on 89 for the first wicket before Finch fell for 38, caught behind by Devon Thomas off Darren Sammy.
Watson and Hughes then proceeded to take the attack apart, with none of the Windies bowler going at less than five to the over. Watson reached his ton with a superb four off his 102nd ball faced. In the next five minutes he added another 22 runs, before being caught by Pollard on the ropes.
That was not one of the fielder's superb catches though. The first was to dismiss Glenn Maxwell, who seemed to have hit the ball for a certain six off Sunil Narine. But Pollard, a very tall man, made a huge leap on the mid-wicket fence, catching the ball one-handed as he fell to the ground just inches from the ropes.
The second catch came a few minutes later, also off Narine, as George Bailey tried the same shot. This time, with his score on 44, Bailey found Pollard too, as the big man jumped high and caught the six-bound ball above his head.
Meanwhile, Hughes fell short of his century, using 93 deliveries for his 86, when he edged Sammy behind for Thomas to catch.He had out on 112 runs with Watson, and then another 42 with Bailey before falling.
The West Indies started quickly, with Kieran Powell and Devon Thomas putting up a half century partnership, before Thomas fell to Clint McKay for 19. Powell continued alongside Darren Bravo, taking the score over 80 in 16 overs.
Once Powell departed for 47, caught behind off Maxwell, Bravo and his brother Dwayne continued the chase and kept up with the Aussies' comparative score. They put on 114 together and in the 37th over were well on track on 214 for three.
Dwayne made 51 before being bowled by Mitchell Starc, and from there the wickets tumbled. Faulkner took two wickets in one over, bowling Chris Gayle and then Darren Bravo for 86 to make the chase even tighter.
Andre Russell then came in and raced to 43 off 31 balls, but he could not stick around till the end and skied a McKay delivery for Matthew Wade to catch. Faulkner's fiery spell continued from there as he removed Darren Sammy and Sunil Narine to end the game.
Australia: Shane Watson, Aaron Finch, Phil Hughes, Michael Clarke, George Bailey, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Devon Thomas, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Kemar Roach