Johannesburg: Brilliant all-round performance from Mitchell Johnson helped Australia to claim a 50-run win against a second-string West Indies side to open their Champions Trophy title defence in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Mitchell Johnson smashed 73 off 47 balls which was studded with eight fours and three sixes.
Batting first, the Australians were given solid start by their captain Ricky Ponting who scored 79. But Aussies suffered a mid-order collapse and were tottering on 171-7 after 40 overs.
Johnson hit an unbeaten 73 to steer Australia out of trouble and took Australia to 275-8
Nikita Miller was the pick of the Windies attack, finishing with impressive figures of two for 24 from 10 overs.
The West Indies were cruising at 124-1 when Johnson then provided the crucial moment in the field when an 86-run stand between Fletcher (54) and Dowlin (55) had the Windies on course for victory.
Johnson ran out Fletcher with a rocket direct-hit throw from mid-off and from there the Windies folded to be all out for 225 in 46.5 overs.
The Windies were eventually dismissed for 225 in 46.5 overs, with Nathan Hauritz, Peter Siddle and Shane Watson claiming two wickets each.