1st ODI: Hughes slams ton on Debut as Aussies crush Sri Lanka by 107 runs
Zeenews Sports Bureau
Australia beat Sri Lanka by 107 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five match ODI series. Chandimal was the highest scorer for Sri Lanka with 73 runs. Clint McKay took 4 wickets for 33 runs to push Sri Lanka on the back foot.
Sri Lanka: Over: 40 II Score: 198/10
Sri Lanka have been folded up for 198 runs. No other batsman except Chandimal offered any resistance to the Aussies. Clint McKay was the best bowler for the Aussies with figures of 4/33.
BMAJ Mendis c Bailey b Johnson 20 (18b 1x4 1x6)
LD Chandimal c †Haddin b McKay 73 (95b 7x4 1x6)
NLTC Perera c Bailey b Johnson 4 (8b 0x4 0x6)
KMDN Kulasekara c Bailey b McKay 18 (15b 3x4 0x6)
BAW Mendis c †Haddin b McKay 0 (1b 0x4 0x6)
Sri Lanka: Over: 30 II Score: 132/5
Sri Lanka have collapsed like a house of cards. They first lost Dilshan in a desperate attempt to up the scoring rate and two more wickets have fallen since. Sri Lanka need 174 runs from 20 overs. Chandimal meanwhile has reached his half century laced with five boundaries and a six.
TM Dilshan run out 51 (70b 4x4 0x6)
AD Mathews run out 12 (14b 0x4 0x6)
HDRL Thirimanne run out 0 (0b 0x4 0x6)
Sri Lanka: Over: 20 II Score: 82/2
Sri Lanka have managed to not lose any further wickets although runs have not come at a very brisk pace. Dilshan batting on 38* and Chandimal on 33* completed 50 runs partnership in 77 balls. Batsmen playing nice and safely but they need to accelerate if they want to make a match of this.
Sri Lanka: Over: 10 II Score: 33/2
Sri Lanka have received a huge setback with the dismissal of Jayawardene. The bowling from Australia has been very tight and Sri Lanka are finding it tough to gets runs.
DPMD Jayawardene c Finch b McKay 5 (9b 1x4 0x6)
Sri Lanka: Over: 5 II Score: 16/1
Sri Lanka begin this huge chase with Dilshan and Tharanga. Starc had been bowling really well and his constant questions around the corridor of uncertainty has resulted in Tharanga’s wicket. Now its upto the experienced Dilshan and captain Jayawardent to guide their team to victory.
WU Tharanga c Haddin b Starc 1 (8b 0x4 0x6)
Australia: Over: 50 II Score: 305/5
Australia have finished with a bang. David Hussey punished the Sri Lanka bowlers with his 60* of 34 balls. His knock included six hits to the fence and a huge six. Sri Lanka have been set a very tough target and it will be interesting to see how the Lankan batsmen approach this mammoth total.
Australia: Over: 45 II Score: 254/5
Australia have lost their centurion Hughes and also their captain Bailey. Bailey and Hughes have laid the foundation for a very good score for Australia. David Hussey is playing well now with 21 runs off 15 balls.
GJ Maxwell c BAW Mendis b Kulasekara 5 (6b 1x4 0x6)
PJ Hughes c Chandimal b Malinga 112 (129b 14x4 0x6)
GJ Bailey c BMAJ Mendis b Mathews 89 (79b 8x4 1x6)
Australia: Over: 38 II Score: 200/2
Phillip Hughes has scored a century. This has been a gem of an innings from the debutant. This innings also makes him the first Australian to score a ton on ODI debut. He has played shots all over the wicket and has been very severe on the loose balls.
Australia: Over: 30 II Score: 156/2
Hughes is playing a gem of an innings here. He is batting on 84* with 11 hits to the fence. Bailey, batting on 48* has hit five fours and a six so far. Australia are in the middle of a very good partnership here. Malinga has been completely ineffective and has failed to put the batsmen under any kind of pressure. Australia look all set for a big score.
Australia: Over: 20 II Score: 90/2
Hughes is batting on 54*. His innings has been the highlight of the morning so far. He has hit seven fours in his innings. Australia have lost two wickets though and that has put them on the back-foot a little. Captain George Bailey has come out to the middle to accompany Hughes and is batting on 12*.
AJ Finch c Chandimal b BAW Mendis 16 (28b 0x4 0x6)
UT Khawaja run out 3 (11b 0x4 0x6)
Australia: Over: 10 II Score: 52/0
Hughes and Finch have given Australia a good start. Sri-Lankan bowlers have been good with their line and length but have not managed to pick up a wicket as yet. Hughes has been very positive and has hit six boundaries in his innings of 34*. Finch batting on 16 has been comparatively subdued but has looked solid in the middle.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat first
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