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Healy and Mooney hand Sri Lanka crushing defeat

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023

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Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney put on an unbeaten stand of 113 as Australia cruised to a 10-wicket win against Sri Lanka at St George’s Park in Gqeberha.

Both teams came into the game unbeaten but the defending World Champs showed their class in what turned out to be their biggest win of the tournament so far.

Both Healy and Mooney looked completely at ease against Sri Lanka’s barrage of spin, on a track that had looked tricky when Sri Lanka were at the crease. There were some questions on Mooney’s form but the left hander put the queries to rest, finding some fluency in her innings after a slow start.

Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka were put into bat and looked to be heading for a competitive total with Chamari Athapaththu and Harshitha Samarawickrama managing to get going in the powerplay.

As they so often do, Australia managed to create an opportunity with some brilliance with Grace Harris taking a stunning catch at mid on to send Athapaththu back. The Sri Lankan skipper looked in an ominous mood, perhaps spurred on by the snub at the Women’s Premier League auction, taking runs off Ash Gardner and Darcie Brown early on.

Samarawickrama looked in good touch but young Vishmi Gunaratne struggled with the pace of the wicket as the Australian spinners tightened the screws. Harris picked up Samarawickrama and Oshadi Ranasinghe in 14th over and it was all downhill from there with wickets falling regularly.

From a promising 50/1 in 7 overs, Sri Lanka just could not put together any partnerships of consequence, ending with 112, well below par when up against a side like Australia.

With the win, the defending champs are more or less assured a spot in the semis, while Sri Lanka will need to beat New Zealand and hope that the hosts South Africa drop points to

either Bangladesh or Australia in their last 2 games if they are to have any hope of going through to the semifinals for the first time.

Result


Australia Women
113/0 (15.5)

Sri Lanka Women
112/8 (20)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Harshitha Samarawickrama st Alyssa Healy b Grace Harris 34 40 3 0 85.00
Chamari Athapaththu c Grace Harris b Ellyse Perry 16 16 2 1 100.00
Vishmi Gunaratne c Ellyse Perry b Megan Schutt 24 33 1 0 72.73
Oshadi Ranasinghe c Tahlia McGrath b Grace Harris 0 4 0 0 0.00
Anushka Sanjeewani b Georgia Wareham 8 9 1 0 88.89
Nilakshika Silva not out 15 7 2 0 214.29
Ama Kanchana c Beth Mooney b Megan Schutt 4 7 0 0 57.14
Malsha Shehani st Alyssa Healy b Megan Schutt 0 1 0 0 0.00
Sugandika Kumari st Alyssa Healy b Megan Schutt 4 3 1 0 133.33


Extras 7 (b 0 , lb 3 , nb 0, w 4, pen 0)
Total 112/8 (20 Overs, RR: 5.6)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Ashleigh Gardner 2 0 14 0 7.00
Darcie Brown 1 0 8 0 8.00
Megan Schutt 4 0 24 4 6.00
Ellyse Perry 2 0 14 1 7.00
Georgia Wareham 4 0 20 1 5.00
Grace Harris 3 0 7 2 2.33
Alana King 4 0 22 0 5.50


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Alyssa Healy b 54 43 6 1 125.58
Beth Mooney b 56 53 7 1 105.66


Extras 3 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 1, w 2, pen 0)
Total 113/0 (15.5 Overs, RR: 7.14)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Sugandika Kumari 2 1 10 0 5.00
Oshadi Ranasinghe 3.5 0 28 0 8.00
Malsha Shehani 3 0 15 0 5.00
Achini Kulasuriya 2 0 22 0 11.00
Inoka Ranaweera 3 0 26 0 8.67
Chamari Athapaththu 2 0 12 0 6.00