Gayle blasts West Indians to eventful tour win
West Indians 5 for 399 (Gayle 146, Dowlin 72, Simmons 70*, Keath 4-71) beat Prime Minister's XI (Cooper 160*, Miller 3-51) by 90 runs on D/L method
Chris Gayle reminded Australian audiences of his power by blasting 146 as the West Indians warmed up with a 90-run win over the Prime Minister's XI in Canberra. The young local team was no chance of passing the visitors' 5 for 399 - and the target was increased to 403 under the Duckworth-Lewis method - but Tom Cooper's dashing 160 not out took them to 7 for 312.
Gayle has been adored during his time Down Under, which began during last year's Test series and included a Twenty20 stint with Western Australia, and his brutal skills were on display again as he launched eight sixes around Manuka Oval. There were also 14 fours, including three in a row to start the game, during his 89-ball ride ahead of Sunday's first one-day international against Australia at the MCG.
By the time Gayle exited in the 29th over the tourists were already 234, with Gayle and Travis Dowlin dominating their opponents during a stunning exhibition. Gayle's fifty arrived in 23 balls and his hundred came in 57 before he hit Alex Keath to Matthew Hayden, the guest captain, at midwicket.
Rain interrupted a couple of times to reduce the number of overs to 45 a side, but nothing Hayden did could stop the visitors from exploding. Dowlin, who was also impressive at times during the Test series, fine-tuned with 72 off 85 before his team-mates joined in the run feast. Lendl Simmons, the No.3, reached 70 from 49 and Kieron Pollard, who helped South Australia into the Champions League, showed his muscle with 36 off 17 deliveries.
Keath was part of Australia's Under-19 World Cup win on Saturday and he gained four wickets with his medium pacers while giving up 71 runs in seven overs. In the impossible reply, South Australia's Cooper did his best during a 120-ball demolition, which included six sixes and 14 fours, but there were no other major contributions in an assignment that was too big.
Nikita Miller, the left-arm spinner, chipped in during the middle of the innings and was on a hat-trick when Hayden (13) and John Hastings were stumped in the 33rd over. Miller finished with 3 for 51 off nine and Darren Sammy collected 2 for 37 during a match in which the young Australians were given a lesson by Gayle and his team-mates.