Prime Minister's XI Defeat West Indians
Prime Minister's XI 333-6 (Doolan 87) beat
West Indians 310 (Powell 92) by 23 runs
Tour game, Canberra
The Australian Prime Minister's XI beat the touring West Indians by 23 runs in a high-scoring one-day game at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
Batting first, the home team scored 333 for six with three players hitting half-centuries and in reply, the West Indies were bowled out for 310.
Kieran Powell top scored with 92 before James Faulkner picked up four for 54.
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The PM XI's openers Usman Khawaja (69) and Jono Dean (51) added 87 to get the match off to a flyer before Alex Doolan hit 87 himself.
The West Indians hit back as Sunil Narine removed Ricky Ponting for 15 and Peter Handscomb for nought but late runs from Brad Haddin (39) and Faulkner (44 not out) handed the Australians a winning score.
Narine was the pick of the bowlers with two for 32 while Kieron Pollard picked up two for 37.
The West Indies then raced to 83 through Johnson Charles (34) and Powell, before Charles was run out by Khawaja. Powell hit nine fours and two sixes and with Ramnaresh Sarwan, who scored 63, in support, looked to be guiding the tourists to victory until they lost a flurry of wickets.
Faulkner's four wickets put the Australian team back in charge and although Andre Russell smashed a quickfire 54 in 24 balls late on, including five sixes before he ran out of partners with the last wicket falling with one over to go.
The first of five One-Day Internationals between Australia and the West Indies is Perth on Friday (1st February).
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