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Shane Watson's superb century for Australia was in vain.

India seal ODI series clean sweep against Australia

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India wrapped up a 3-0 Twenty20 international series sweep against Australia by pulling off a seven-wicket win in the final game at Sydney.

Shane Watson clocked his highest format score for Australia, his unbeaten 124 off 71 balls taking the hosts to a daunting 197 for five, 117 of those runs coming in the second half of the innings.

India once again relied on Rohit Sharma (52) and Virat Kohli (50) to lay the foundation, although Cameron Boyce removed both to set up late drama.

Suresh Raina (49 not out) and Yuvraj Singh (15no) had to steer the visitors home, and the winning two runs from Raina came from the final delivery of the match.

Australia may well have struggled with the bat had Watson not played his starring role. The all-rounder helped his side recover from the early loss of Usman Khawaja for 14, and then had to anchor the innings with Shaun Marsh (nine) and Glenn Maxwell (three) back in the hut inside 10 overs.

Ashish Nehra had Khawaja caught behind in the third over, while Marsh was bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin and Maxwell was caught by Raina off Yuvraj.

It meant the hosts were at a tender 80 for three at halfway, but Watson, joined by Travis Head, reached his fifty in 37 deliveries.

Watson rode his luck twice, first being dropped by Kohli off Hardik Pandya, and then when Mahendra Singh Dhoni missed a run out chance, with the batsman then cracking two sixes and a four off Jadeja to cross triple figures.

Jadeja removed Head in that same set, as India fought back by bowling a tight last three overs, which included the wicket of Chris Lynn (13).

Watson came out fighting with the ball, Shikhar Dhawan falling caught behind for a quick-fire 26 in the fourth over.

The dependable Sharma notched yet another career half-century despite not being overly aggressive and when he was eventually caught by Watson off Boyce, India were on a healthy 124 in 12.3 overs, as Kohli had added a half-century of his own.

Kohli and Sharma's second-wicket stand had been worth 78, though the former too fell shortly after reaching 50, Boyce again doing the damage.

Yuvraj came in to bat for the first time in the series, with Raina having already begun setting up the finish, and the equation soon boiled down to India needing 22 from the final two overs.

Watson pulled Australia back with a superb 19th over, giving away just five runs, but Yuvraj had the final say, smashing a four and a six off Andrew Tye's first two deliveries and leaving Raina to hit the winning runs.

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