|ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Group A, Perth (Waca):|
|Sri Lanka 122-6 (20 overs): Atapattu 50, Carey 2-18|
|Australia 123-5 (19.Three overs): Haynes 60, Lanning 41*, Prabodhani 2-17|
|Australia gained by 5 wickets|
|Scorecard and tables|
Australia survived a scare to beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets and declare their first win of the Women’s T20 World Cup.
Chasing 123, Australia had been diminished to 10-3, with Alyssa Healy falling to the second ball of the innings in Perth.
A stand of 95 between Rachael Haynes (60) and captain Meg Lanning (41 not out) helped spare the defending champions’ blushes as they gained with three balls remaining.
Sri Lanka made 122-6 with captain Chamari Atapattu getting 50.
After being surprised of their opening recreation by India, Australia had been anticipated to breeze previous Sri Lanka, however it was removed from simple with the bat.
While Lanning and Haynes produced a fantastic restoration job – helped by detrimental discipline settings from Sri Lanka – they’ll know their batting will not be the place it must be.
They will seemingly have to win their subsequent two video games in opposition to Bangladesh and New Zealand to make sure of a spot within the semi-finals.
Lanning advised BBC Sport she was “relieved” to get the victory in opposition to Sri Lanka after being “nervous” at 10-3.
“Rachael Haynes was glorious immediately. She actually took the sport on and took the stress off me.”
Hosts wobble once more earlier than prevailing
Australia have dominated ladies’s cricket lately however they haven’t checked out all comfy on this event.
It might be dwelling stress, and the expectation that they might ease to their fifth title in entrance of a full Melbourne Cricket Ground within the remaining on 8 March. Whatever it’s, issues have but to click on into place for the hosts.
Three wickets fell in 18 balls. Healy was bowled by a fantastic inswinger from Udeshika Prabodhani, earlier than Ashleigh Gardner had her stumps rattled by a near-identical supply.
The Waca fell silent as Beth Mooney was stumped however Lanning and Haynes, captain and vice-captain, masterminded a relaxed restoration.
Sri Lanka unfold the sphere, burned their sole evaluation on a tenuous caught behind attraction in opposition to Lanning, and dropped Haynes and Lanning on 26 and 33 respectively handy the initiative again to the world primary facet.
Haynes reached her half-century with a six as Australia took management of the run-rate and, though she fell with 18 runs nonetheless wanted, the hosts had been in a cushty sufficient place.
Atapattu shines for Sri Lanka
Atapattu has lengthy been the bedrock of Sri Lanka’s batting and, for a time, she had some strong firm out within the center.
The 18-year-old Umasha Thimeshani made an entertaining run-a-ball 20, concentrating on all-rounder Ellyse Perry particularly, whereas Anushka Sanjeewani combined some haphazard operating with aggressive photographs.
However, Atapattu was the important thing. Two huge sixes – one over the leg facet, one over long-off – rattled Australia, and each shot the Sri Lankan captain performed appeared to have such energy behind it.
She celebrated her half-century with clenched fists and a swing of the arm, earlier than shouting at Sanjeewani when the 2 collided mid-pitch and had been nearly run out.
Atapattu was livid to be dismissed, smashing her bat in opposition to her pad after she slapped Nicola Carey to the ready fielder at further cowl, and with out her, Sri Lanka stumbled.
From 91-2, they had been solely capable of muster one other 31 runs for the lack of 4 wickets, and it all the time felt as if they had been simply wanting a profitable complete.