Date and Day: 7 October 2019, Monday.
Match 2: Australia Women vs Sri Lanka Women.
Time: 5:40 AM IST.
Venue: Allen Border Field, Brisbane.
Australia women’s team kept their winning streak intact, they defeated the Sri Lankan women’s team in the first match of the three-match ODI series with a huge margin of 157 runs. Taking a 1-0 lead going into the second game.
In the first match of the three-match series, Meg Lanning the Australian captain won the toss and opted to bat first. With all their batters in prime form, Australia scored 281 runs from their 50 overs losing 8 wickets. Australian women’s team lost Alyssa Healy early on in the innings. Rachael Haynes alongside Meg Lanning stitched together a partnership of 124 runs for the second wicket. Meg Lanning was the second wicket to fall, she scored 73 runs at a brisk pace. Rachael Haynes also scored 56 runs from 76 balls before nicking off a Shashikala Siriwardene delivery to the keeper Anushka Sanjeevani who had a good day behind the stumps. Beth Mooney who came in at the dismissal of Rachael Haynes also scored 66 runs at almost run a ball making sure Australia ended with an above-par total. Udeshika Prabodhani was the pick of the bowlers picking up two wickets in her 9 overs giving away just 46 runs.
Sri Lanka Women in reply to Australia women’s score of 281, were bowled out for a total of 124 runs. Sri Lankan innings never got going losing wickets at the regular intervals the first setback being losing their first wicket in the first over itself. Batting has been an issue for the Sri Lankan women’s team. Keeping all the Sri Lankan batting issues aside, the Australian bowlers are to be appreciated for their efforts. All of the Australian bowlers combined to bowl 10 maiden overs. Ashleigh Gardener, Jess Jonassen, and Tayla Vlaeminck picked up two wickets apiece. Ashleigh Gardner was easily the pick of bowlers. she gave away just 9 runs from her 9 overs bowling as many as 4 maiden overs herself.
Sri Lanka women’s team would love to improve their batting performances, their experienced campaigners would have to spend a lot of time in the middle to make sure that the Sri Lankan team end up getting a par total. Australia has been dominating and look set to do so in the coming games as well.
Head to Head
In the previous 5 encounters, Australia women’s team has beaten Sri Lanka women’s team in all the games. Australian win is on the cards and with this win, they would win the series as well taking an Unassailable 2-0 lead.
Played-5, Australia-5, Sri Lanka-0.
Sri Lanka Women Squad
Chamari Athapaththu, Anushka Sanjeewani, Harshitha Madavi, Shashikala Siriwardene(C ), Yasoda Mendis, Nilakshi de Silva, Hansima Karunaratne, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Ama Kanchana, Udeshika Parbodhani, Sugandika Kumari, Dilani Manodara, Inoshi Priyadharshani, Inoka Ranaweera, Achini Kulasuriya.
Australia Women Squad
Meg Lanning (C), Rachael Haynes (VC), Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Heather Graham Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham.
(Picking a lot of Australian players in the fantasy 11 is suggested considering the recent form of players.)
Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Megan Schutt, Tayla Vlaeminck, Meg Lanning, Georgia Wareham, Chamari Athapaththu, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Shashikala Siriwardene.