Litchfield, Lanning fire Aussies' ODI win

Australia's comeback batter Meg Lanning has combined with her apprentice to secure an eight-wicket win over Pakistan in the opening ODI in Brisbane.

Phoebe Litchfield, 19, made a stylish unbeaten 78 off 92 balls in her ODI debut to work in tandem with returned Australian captain Lanning (67 off 76) in a comfortable victory at Allan Border Field.

Australia's spinners had put the brakes on and took wickets to restrict Pakistan to 8-160 in their reduced 40-over innings after rain interrupted play.

The hosts' target was reduced to 158 under the DLS system and they reached it with 67 balls to spare.

Player-of-the-match Litchfield fittingly hit the winning run after a debut to remember.

"I dreamed about it last night," she said post-match.

"Do I get a duck? Do I get to score some runs. For that to happen, I am pretty relieved."

Lanning was playing her first game for Australia since last year's Commonwealth Games after taking a five-month break from the game.

It was like she had never been away. The 30-year-old got off the mark with a trademark square drive for four and went about her work with customary assurance.

Opener Litchfield, who had made her T20 international debut in India last month, played with maturity beyond her years.

She punished the bad balls and kept out the good. Her exquisite driving was a highlight.

The duo upped the ante and toyed with the Pakistan bowlers as their 137-run second-wicket stand progressed.

Litchfield is a great find for Australian cricket after the retirement of Rachael Haynes.

She looks set to be a fixture in the Australian batting order for years to come.

After making a duck for the Governor General's XI against Pakistan on Friday, she had a simple plan on debut.

"Leaving early, getting through the new ball and cashing in," she said.

"It's a simple game plan but it is hard when you are out there."

Lanning, a childhood idol, helped her through the innings.

"I've never batted with Meg or played with her and she is just the best batting partner," Litchfield said.

"She knows exactly what to say and when. Whenever I felt under pressure she either scored a four or came down the other end and gave me some words of advice.

"Welcome back. It looks like she hasn't missed a day."

Earlier, Australia's spinners Jess Jonassen (2-23), Ash Gardner (1-15) and Alana King (1-21) all found a perfect length in the 19 overs they bowled between them.

Wicketkeeper Beth Mooney was outstanding behind the stumps to back them up, with a deft legside catch to dismiss Bismah Maroof (28) off Gardner and a slick stumping off King to remove Aliya Riaz (11).

Veteran Pakistan allrounder Nida Dar (59) played a composed and stylish knock but lacked support.