Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard tosses the coin for a tour match between Prime Minister's XI and West Indians as captains Ricky Ponting (C) and Darren Sammy (L) look on at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Tuesday.Photo: AFP
All-rounder James Faulkner grabbed four wickets for 54 and hit an unbeaten 44 to help the Australian Prime Minister's XI defeat the West Indies in their tour opener at the Manuka Oval on Tuesday.
Tasmanian Alex Doolan topscored for the Australians with 87 and Usman Khawaja made 69 out of a total of 333 for six.
The West Indies never gave up on the massive run chase despite losing opener Kieran Powell to cramps when he was unbeaten on 92 off 97 balls and threatening to go on the rampage.
Ramnaresh Sarwan, returning to the side after more than a year after a public dispute with the West Indies board, made a steady 63.
But it was beefy bowler Andre Russell, who had injured a knee fielding and gone off for treatment, who almost saved the game.
He put on a dazzling display of power batting to keep the tourists alive in the dying overs.
Russell was finally caught by Jono Dean on the boundary off Faulkner trying to clear the stands again. He smashed 54 off 24 balls, including five sixes and three fours.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy holed out for just three, the tail failed and the ninth wicket fell 23 runs short of the target.
The PM's side rattled up early runs after captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat.
The West Indies attack often looked rusty and speedster Tino Best went for 84 for one wicket off his 10 overs despite regularly breaking 150 kilometres per hour.
Spinner Sunil Narine limited the damage and picked up two wickets, including that of Ponting, for 32 runs off his allotted overs.