Hughes slammed thirteen fours and one six. He was unbeaten on 138 along with Moises Henriques.
Glenn Maxwell, who replaced Michael Clarke in the final ODI at Hobart, scored a mere 9 runs as he was caught at extra cover by Lahiru Thirmanne.
David Warner and Matthew Wade opened the innings for Australia, putting up a partnership of 31 runs, when Tillakaratne Dilshan bowled the former for 10. Wade soon departed as he was dismissed for a leg before wicket by Nuwan Kulasekara.