Australia v Sri Lanka – 1st ODI – Live Cricket Score and Match Update – Centurion Hughes takes Aus to 107-run win
A century from debutant Phillip Hughes guided Australia to a comprehensive 107-run win over Sri Lanka, in their first ODI of the ongoing 5-match series, played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today on January 11.
The match kicked off with Australia winning the toss and choosing to bat first – a decision which the home team’s batsmen went on to justify, despite the efforts of Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, and Ajantha Mendis, all of
whom claimed one wicket each.
Top-order batsmen Aaron Finch (16) and Usman Khawaja (3) did not last long, but opener and Player of the Match Hughes anchored the innings firmly at the top with a composed 112. By the 16th over, Australia were at 72 for 2, but Hughes found an
able partner in skipper George Bailey (89), who joined him for a third-wicket partnership worth 140 runs.
Their combined efforts got the team up to 212, after which Malinga finally managed to dislodge Hughes. Bailey, and Glenn Maxwell (5) followed soon after, but some final heroics from David Hussey, who remained unbeaten on 60, and Brad Haddin (10*), got the
Aussies up to a formidable final total of 305 for 5 by the end of 50 overs.
The tourists never appeared to be in the game, as the host team’s bowling attack, led by Clint McKay (8-0-33-4) and Mitchell Johnson (9-1-43-2), proceeded to successfully defend the team total, leading them to victory by a staggering margin.
Tillakaratne Dilshan (51) and Dinesh Chandimal (73) were the only batsmen who managed to progress beyond the 50-run mark, while the remainder of the batting order remained insipid. Aside from these two batsmen, Jeevan Mendis (20), Nuwan Kulasekara (18),
and Angelo Mathews (12) were the only other players who managed to reach double figures.
In addition to the lack of a batsman who could drive the innings forward, Sri Lanka were also shoddy between the wickets, and three dismissals were brought about owing to run outs. By the end of 40 overs, Australia managed to bowl the Lankan Lions out for
198, and went on to claim a 1-0 lead and an emphatic 107-run win.