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Hughes stars for Australia

Phil Hughes

Hobart: Phil Hughes returned to form with a century before Xavier Doherty and Moises Henriques took three wickets each to lead Australia to a series-levelling 32-run win over Sri Lanka, in the final one-day International, on Wednesday.

Hughes struck 138 not out at Bellerive Oval but Sri Lanka were on course to overhaul Australia’s 247 for five until Doherty exploited spin-friendly conditions to dismiss three of the visitors’ top four batsmen.

Pressure from Doherty reduced Sri Lanka from 50 without loss at the 10-over mark to 85 for four from 25 overs and the visitors never fully recovered, stumbling to 215 all out and a 2-2 draw in the five-match series.