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 (ODI) series yesterday.
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. The 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.
“It was a good track,” said Hughes. “It flattened out beautifully. In my first game in the one-day format, to get to three figures is a dream come true. This is my favourite ground.”
The Sri Lankans, despite being well in the match at 111 for two, self-destructed with three run outs and Clint McKay helped bowl the tourists out for 198 with 10 overs to spare. Paceman Lasith Malinga did not fare well on his return for Sri Lanka taking just one wicket for 61 on a pitch suited for batting.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th, 2013.