Rachael Haynes back to form helped Australia to win against Sri Lanka by a huge margin of 110 runs at Brisbane on Monday.
Winning the toss Meg Lanning opted to bat on a surface that was tailor-made for batting. Opening the inning for Australia both the openers Healy and Haynes were off to an excellent start, they both had a partnership of 116 runs with Healy being the major contributor. After a good start, Healy got out on 6 in the bowling of the Lankan skipper Shashikala Siriwardene, with her departure started the domination of another opener, Rachael Haynes. The southpaw was in excellent touch, it was all pure class from the Victorian batter. She scored an excellent knock of 118 runs in just 132 balls which included 8 fours. She was well supported by Skipper Meg Lanning. Both had a partnership of 103. With the departure of Lanning, the following batters did not spend much time at the crease, From 219 for 2 in 40 overs, Australia finished their innings at 282 for 8.Credits to Kulasuriya, Siriwardene, and Kumari who bowled excellently at death.
Chasing the huge target of 283, like as usual the Lankan batters failed again to provide a good start Chamari Athapaththu the experienced batter got out for just 14, Her partner Anushka and Madavi had a decent partnership of 70 runs, it felt like Lankans were in the chase but sadly for Lankans, the young Allrounder Nicola Carey broke the partnership as she picked up the wicket of Anushka. With the fall of this wicket, it started the downfall of Lankan innings all the upcoming batters departed cheaply, Madavi ended up as the highest run-scorer with 39 runs. For Australia, it was Jess Jonassen who did the job for them.she picked up 4 crucial wickets and was well supported by leggie Wareham. In the end, Lankans finished their innings at 172 for 9, trailing the target by 110 runs.
With this win, Australia has sealed the ODI series too. It looks like the Australians are unstoppable at the moment.
Brief scores: Australia 282 for 8 ( Haynes 118, Healy 69 and Kulasuriya 3 for 50) defeated Srilanka 172 for 9 ( Madavi 39, Jonassen 4 for 31) by 110 runs