Melbourne, Jan. 12 -- Phil Hughes became the first Aussie and the eighth batsman in ODI cricket to score a century on debut as Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 107 runs in the opening ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. The Australians scored 305 for five off their 50 overs, with man-of-the-match Hughes hitting 112, and bowled out Sri Lanka for 198 with Clint McKay taking four for 33.
Sri Lanka were 111 for two at the 25-over mark but Tillakaratne Dilshan was run out for 51 by a direct hit from Usman Khawaja, and was followed by two more run outs in suicidal running between the wickets.
Brief scores: Australia 305 for 5 (50 overs); Sri Lanka 198 (40 overs).
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.