Melbourne - Opener Phil Hughes scored a debut
century as Australia amassed 305 for five and dismissed Sri Lanka
cheaply for a 107-run victory in the opening match of the five-game
one-day international series on Friday.
Hughes became the first
Australian to score a century on his ODI debut as the hosts posted a big
score after winning the toss against Sri Lanka in Melbourne.
diminutive left-hander cracked 112 off 129 balls to help set the Sri
Lankans a competitive run chase under lights at 6.12 runs an over.
the Sri Lankans, despite being well in the match at 111 for two,
self-destructed with three run outs and Clint McKay (4-33) helped bowl
the tourists out for 198 with 10 overs to spare.
Hughes was the
highlight of a free-scoring Australian innings with skipper George
Bailey scoring 89 off 79 balls and David Hussey chipping in with a late
unbeaten 60 off 34 balls.
Hussey, the younger brother of veteran
Mike Hussey, finished with a flourish, plundering 21 runs off the last
over from off-spinner Ajantha Mendis, including a six over long-off to
bring up his half-century.
There were a couple of failures in the
Australian innings with Usman Khawaja run out for three after setting
off for a risky single and being sent back by Hughes.
top-order debutant Aaron Finch went for 16 and Glenn Maxwell was caught
attempting to chip over the on side off Nuwan Kulasekara for five.
Paceman Lasith Malinga didn't fare well on his return for Sri Lanka taking 1-61 on a pitch suited for batting.
Lanka were travelling well at the halfway stage of their innings before
Tillakaratne Dilshan (51) was run out by a direct hit from Usman
The Sri Lankans paid dearly for suicidal running between
wickets with cover fieldsman Glenn Maxwell running out Angelo Mathews
(12) and Lahiru Thirimanne (0) in consecutive deliveries in the 30th
over as Sri Lanka slumped to 128 for five.
Mitchell Johnson (2-43)
dismissed Jeevan Mendis (20) caught at mid-off and wicketkeeper Brad
Haddin pulled off a diving catch to remove the danger man Dinesh
Chandimal for 73 off 95 balls in the following over from McKay.
Johnson also removed Thisara Perera (four) and McKay claimed the last two wickets in successive deliveries.
rested opener David Warner, skipper Michael Clarke, injured
vice-captain Shane Watson and wicketkeeper Matt Wade, while Mike Hussey,
newly-retired from Test cricket, was dumped after announcing this will
be his final international season.
It is the most first-gamers
Australia have fielded in an ODI game since January 1986 when Simon
Davis, Dave Gilbert, Bruce Reid and Steve Waugh made their debuts.
The second game in the series takes place in Adelaide on Sunday.