Forrest's maiden ton steers Australia to 280

Australia scored 280 for six off their 50 overs after winning the toss in the tri one-day series international against Sri Lanka at Bellerive Oval on Friday.

updated: February 24, 2012 13:49 IST
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Hobart: It cannot be easy to take over from a champion, but Peter Forrest made an outstanding start as Australia's No.3 in the post-Ricky Ponting ODI era with a century that helped his side to 6 for 280 against Sri Lanka. Australia's strong performance means Sri Lanka will need to chase a target one run short of the highest ODI chase at Bellerive Oval, and they will need the biggest second-innings score by a visiting team at the venue.

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Forrest's hundred was his not only his first for Australia but also in any List A match, and no Australian has scored more in his first four ODIs than Forrest's tally of 238. He brought up his century by dropping the ball into the off side and haring off for a quick single from his 136th delivery, and it brought fist-pumps from Forrest and a hug from his partner Michael Hussey.

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