All-round Aussies too good for Sri Lanka
Australia put on another near-perfect performance at the Allan Border Field, Brisbane against the visiting Sri Lankans, to register a comfortable 157-run win in the 1st Women’s Championship ODI between the sides.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat first, looking to continue their form from the T20Is, where they made 500+ runs over 3 games. Alyssa Healy, centurion from the 3rd T20I, was dismissed early on by Achni Kulasuriya but there was no respite for the visitors as Rachel Haynes and skipper Meg Lanning put on 126 runs for the 2nd wicket before the latter was dismissed for 73.
Despite the Aussies scoring at a good rate, Sri Lanka did manage to keep picking up wickets, ensuring that the hosts could not go past the 300-run mark. Beth Mooney continued from where she left off in the T20Is, making a half century to take Australia to 281.
Left-armer Udeshika Prabodini was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka, picking up 2/46 in 9 overs. Skipper Shashikala Siriwardene was also economical, picking up the wicket of Haynes.
Sri Lanka’s chase did not start off well, with Anushka Meegama once again bowled, beaten for pace. Meegama had been dismissed in similar fashion in the T20Is too, her lack of experience against genuine quick bowling showing. Aussie star Ellyse Perry, who has not had much of a role to play on tour so far, was the one to make the breakthrough for the hosts.
Harshitha Samarawickrama impressed, but once again was unable to kick on from the start she got and once Jess Jonassen sent Chamari Atapattu back to the pavilion, the game was all but done.
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Siriwardene continued to fight, but the Australians kept picking up wickets and ultimately restricted the visitors to 124 in 41.3 overs. The hosts’ bowlers were all economical, with Tayla Vlaeminck, Jonessen and Ash Gardner picking up 2 wickets each.
Meg Lanning was named Player of the Match for her imperious knock.
The teams will face off once again at the same venue on Monday, 7th October.