Australia won the toss and decided to address against Sri Lanka on Thursday in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 match. Both brigades are undefeated after winning their first two matches in GroupA.
Defending champion Australia produced its most satisfying display so far at the Women’s T20 World Cup, routing Sri Lanka by 10 lattices on Thursday to power to a third straight palm.
Sri Lanka defeated hosts South Africa and Bangladesh in their first two games, while Australia got better off New Zealand and Bangladesh.
Defending titleholders Australia are heavy favourites to win the match against Sri Lanka and another palm will give make their route to the semi-finals that much easier.
Aussie openers Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy hit unbeaten half- centuries, and the world’s top- ranked platoon reached 113- 0 in15.5 overs to overhaul Sri Lanka’s 112- 8.
Sri Lanka came to St. George’s Park in Gqeberha unbeaten but was no match for an Australian platoon at the top of its game.
Sri Lanka’s bright launch faded when Ellyse Perry claimed the gate of Sri Lankan captain Chamari Athapaththu for 16 thanks to a springing catch by Grace Harris at mid-on.
Harshitha Samara wickrama, who top- scored with 34, was stumped by Healy off incentive Harris as she stepped out of her crinkle and took a big swipe.
That left Sri Lanka 69- 2. From there, it lost six lattices for 43 runs to struggle to 112. Australia quick bowler Megan Schutt returned 4- 24.
Mooney and Healy had little trouble chasing down the target. Mooney collected seven fours in her 56 not out from 53 balls. Healy thumped six fours and a six to finish 54 not out off 43.
Australia strengthened its position at the top of Group 1 ahead of a game against host South Africa on Saturday in a big double- title in Gqeberha. England and India are the only other unbeaten brigades at the event and meet in their Group 2 showdown in Gqeberha before the Australia- South Africa match. Know More Women’s Cricket News…
Sri Lanka playing XI: Harshitha Samarawickrama, Chamari Athapaththu(c), Vishmi Gunaratne, Anushka Sanjeewani(w), Nilakshi de Silva, Malsha Shehani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Ama Kanchana, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera, Achini Kulasuriya
Australia playing XI: Alyssa Healy(w), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning(c), Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Grace Harris, Georgia Wareham, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown