Wade's first ODI century sets Aussies up for opening win

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Matthew Wade's maiden one-day international century and 60 from the recalled Glenn Maxwell helped secure Australia victory by 92 runs in Friday's series opener against Pakistan.

The pair came together with Australia 78-5 having won the toss at the Gabba, but a stand of 82 steadied the ship before Wade marshalled the tail, bringing up his run-a-ball hundred off the innings' final delivery as the hosts reached 268-9.

Pakistan, without Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Irfan due to personal reasons, were also missing Shoaib Malik - reportedly with a throat infection - and lost wickets at regular intervals before slumping to 176 all out.

Their cause was not helped by captain and opening batsman Azhar Ali retiring hurt in the ninth over of their chase, although he did return later in the piece, making 24 from 48 balls.

But the Australia bowlers would not release their grip on proceedings, James Faulkner (4-32), Pat Cummins (3-33) and Mitchell Starc (2-34) all impressing, while Travis Head returned a miserly 0-28 from his allocation.

Debutant Billy Stanlake could only manage three overs due to an apparent upset stomach but he will have further opportunities for success in the five-match series, the next instalment of which comes on Sunday in Melbourne.

It had all started so well for Pakistan, whose opening bowler Mohammad Amir (2-54) claimed the prized scalps of David Warner (13) and captain Steve Smith in successive deliveries.

Another debutant, Chris Lynn, fended off the hat-trick ball but he was soon on his way for 16 before Head and Mitchell Marsh perished for 39 and four respectively.

Wade used the DRS to good effect to overturn an lbw decision following an inside edge and Maxwell - back in the side for the first time since June - reached his fifty from 45 balls before being dismissed by Hasan Ali (3-65).

It was left to Wade to see his side to a competitive score, seven fours and two sixes helping his cause before a squeezed single off the final delivery brought up the landmark and a roar of delight.

Pakistan's response never got going, Babar Azam's 33 proving their best effort with no mainline batsman scoring at a strike rate of more than 81.

The Australian attack was relentless in maintaining the pressure and victory was wrapped up with more than seven overs remaining when Wahab Riaz skied Cummins to mid-off.