Live: PM’s XI v West Indies, Manuka Oval

The match will be the first under lights at Manuka Oval. what a shot!
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Follow live as Ricky Ponting farewells international cricket in the first ever day-night match to be played under lights at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

It’s not long until we get underway at Manuka. The match begins at 2.20pm and we’ll be bringing you all the action.

While we’re waiting for things to get underway, have a read through Chris Wilson and Lee Gaskin’s preview.

It’s also a chance to show you Colleen Petch’s great shot of Ricky again.

Team’s lined up for the national anthems before the game and the news no Canberran wanted to hear is Chris Gayle is 13th man, sigh. The Prime Minister’s XI has won the toss and will bat, giving local hero Jono Dean first crack at a Windies attack missing Kemar Roach. Let’s go…

In typical Canberra style most of the crowd is still queued up outside as Tino Best charges in for the first ball….which Usman Khawaja lets go through to the keeper. Exciting stuff! Queanbeyan’s Jono Dean down the non-strikers end soaking up the atmosphere.

And Khawaja opens the scoring with an elegant pull shot for four behind square leg…

Welcome to Canberra Darren Sammy! Local hero Jono Dean smashes him over cover for four off his first ball. That should nease the nerves of the Comets opening bat…

And Dean has come out all guns blazing! He’s raced to 17 off 12 balls. A big appeal against him but given not out for caught behind. Gayle has been left out due to a stiff back after his long flight…but he should be right for the first one-dayer in Perth on Friday! Lucky Perth…

Who needs Chris Gayle! The West Indian master blaster is sitting in the stands taking notes as Dean tears the Windies attack apart! He brings up his first six, smashing Sammy over mid wicket. He’s raced to 32 off 19 balls…and Khawaja brings up the PM XI’s 50 with a glorious cover drive in just the sixth over!

Get to your feet Canberra as Jono Dean smashes Andre Russell over square leg for a massive six to bring up his 50! Off just 35 balls…Can we get BBL3 going next week so someone can sign the Queanbeyan product up?

Live by the sword, die by the sword. Dean’s entertaining innings comes to an end, caught on the rope at long off off Dwayne Bravo for 51. He faced just 40 balls and the first wicket falls on 87, the Devil’s number. Clearly it took some extra-spiritual intervention to remove the Comets opener. Alex Doolan comes to the crease…

DRINKS: Bit of a lull fallen over the game since Dean’s dismissal. Have to say the Windies bowling attack looks a bit pedestrian, they’ll be hoping Kemar Roach arrives in Perth fresh and firing after the birth of his child. Although with the Australian “player management” rotation policy wreaking havoc with the confidence of our bats at the moment, the Aussies seem to struggle against any attack…

Sorry, just nodded off for a bit, I guess it must be the middle overs of a one-day game as singles have become the norm and Australia’s run rate has dropped below six. It’s long been the bane of international 50-over games – how to give these middle overs some sex appeal?

Chris Gayle makes an appearance! Just ferrying out some sports drinks to his teammates. And that’s about as much action as we’ll see from him today…

Usmania erupts around Manuka Oval as he brings up his 50 off 58 deliveries, positively pedestrian compared to the fireworks Jono Dean brought to the ground. Bit more pressure on Khawaja though, trying to impress selectors and get a spot on the India tour…

As the PMs XI cruise towards a total well over 300, the only question is when should one of these guys get out so we can see Ricky Ponting bat? With Gayle and Dean out, surely that’s the main point of interest now. It’s probably fair to let Doolan get his 50 before starting to throw his bat, which means it’s go time for Khawaja…

Almost on cue, Doolan guides a sitter to Kieron Pollard at point, but Pollard drops it. Would’ve brought Ponting to the crease. Doolan at least following the script…

PMs XI 1-176 after 28th over, Doolan 47, Khawaja 66

Here come the cheers! As Ponting makes his way to the crease courtesy of a loose shot from Khawaja, sending a delivery from Pollard straight down the throat of long on. Get you Ponting faces from the Canberra Times ready as he prepares for his final international dig…

PMs XI 2-181 in the 30th over, Doolan 49

DRINKS: PMs XI 2-185, Doolan 51, Ponting 1

Lots of people here at Manuka Oval enjoying a day at the cricket, and no doubt pleased the rain has stayed away. Canberra Times photographer Mel Adams has been roaming the crowd capturing the atmosphere, which you can see in the photo gallery below.

Another lull in the game, obviously everyone is waiting for Ponting to go berserk and start tearing the attack apart like he’s done so many times before…And there it is! Punter goes bang, launching it into the crowd, awful attempted catch in the crowd though. Hopefully the first of the fireworks…

PMs XI 2-208, Ponting 14, Doolan 60, 35th over

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.


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