Summary: 3rd ODI – Chamari Athapaththu’s 103 in vain as Australia seal their 18th consecutive ODI Win

A dashing century from Alyssa Healy made Australia clean sweep the series against Srilanka at Brisbane on Wednesday.

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In a dead rubber contest, Sri Lanka skipper on winning the toss chose to bat on a proper batting surface. As usual, the opening pair failed to provide a good start as Mendis was knocked over by Perry for 3. The most experienced Lankan batter, Chamari Athapaththu played an excellent knock, though she kept on losing the partners she didn’t give up, she gave her best and scored a fantastic century including a knock of 103 runs with 13 fours in it, this is her second ton of the tour. she got decent support from Madavi at the beginning, once Madavi got out it was all scored by Athapaththu whereas other batters did not spend much time at the crease. For Australia, almost all chipped in with wickets, Wareham and Schutt took a couple of wickets each. At the end after a superb knock from Athapaththu, Sri Lanka ended the inning at 195 for 8 in 50 overs.

Chasing a below-par target of 196, unlike the Lankan openers, Australian openers were off to a flyer, Healy and Haynes had an excellent partnership of 159 runs in 135 balls. The partnership was mostly dominated by the dashing player Healy. She scored a fantastic Century which included an unbeaten knock of 112 runs in 76 balls with 15 fours and 2 Sixes. She was well supported by her partner Haynes. After a century in the previous match, she scored a decent Half-century which guided Australia to an easy victory against Lanka. After a partnership of 159 runs, the centurion Athapaththu got a breakthrough for Lankans with bowling. She picked up the wicket of Haynes on 63. Following her wicket entered Skipper Lanning who successfully chased the target along with the Centurion Healy in just 26.5 overs.

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Sadly, another century from Athapaththu goes in Vain. On the other side, Alyssa Healy was awarded the Player of the match and as well as the series for her excellent performance throughout the series.

With this, it marks the end of Sri Lanka tour of Australia, which the tourists failed to gain even a single point, hope they come back stronger next time.

Brief Scores: Srilanka 195 for 8 ( Athapaththu 103, Wareham 2 for 18) lost to Australia 196 for 1 ( Healy 112, Athapaththu 1 for 32) by 9 wickets

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