For the first time in the history of the ground, a match was played under floodlights. The Prime Minister’s XI played the first match under lights, taking on the touring West Indian side.
The PM’s XI was led by former Australian captain Ricky Ponting who won the toss and took the first use of the pitch. Usman Khawaja, local Jono Dean and Alex Doolan all made half centuries and the side made 6 for 333 off the 50 overs.
Under lights, the West Indians started strongly reaching 1 for 172 at one stage but Keiron Pollard retired hurt on 92 and then the side gradually lost wickets to be dismissed for 310 despite a late cameo from Andre Russell who made 54 off 24 balls. James Faulkner was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 54 off his 10 overs.
Just over a week after the PM’s XI match that season, the Australian men’s side played their initial One Day International at Manuka Oval.
Led by Michael Clarke, the Australians mirrored the PM’s XI side by winning the toss and batting. Australia made 7 for 329 off their allocated overs with Shane Watson making 122 off 111 balls and Phillip Hughes making 86 off 93. In reply, the West Indians came up short, being dismissed for 290 in the 48th over. The Bravo brothers, Darren and Dwayne.