Womens Cricket – T20 World Cup Highlights Australia v Sri Lanka : February 2020

Sri Lanka Women: 122/6
Australia Women: 123/5 (19.3/20 ov)
AUS Women won by 5 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)


Chamari Atapattu50 (38), Anushka Sanjeewani25 (31)
Nicola Carey2/18 (3), Molly Strano2/23 (4)
Rachael Haynes60 (47), Meg Lanning*41 (44)
Shashikala Siriwardene2/20 (4), Udeshika Prabodhani

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Mooney century blasts Australia to victory over brave Sri Lanka

Source:-The Sydney Morning Herald

A 54-ball century from opener Beth Mooney helped kick off the international summer of cricket as Australia saw off a spirited Sri Lanka by 40 runs in the first match of the women’s Twenty20 series at North Sydney Oval.

Most predicted one-way traffic against a visiting team which hadn’t played an international match in six months but captain Chamari Atapattu made the result respectable with a sparkling knock of 113, the first ever T20 ton by a Sri Lankan woman.

Beth Mooney

Beth Mooney celebrates her century at North Sydney Oval.CREDIT:GETTY IMAGES

Mooney’s 113 from 61 deliveries, however, ensured Australia were too far out of reach, with their total of 4-217 the sixth-highest ever in women’s T20 cricket and the second-highest ever by Australia.

“I couldn’t ask for a better start,” Mooney said.

She said a wicket with minimal turn against a team full of spin bowlers was always going to be great for batting and that the target at the start of the day was an “ambitious” 240.

“North Sydney’s a great venue to play at for women’s cricket. You always get a good crowd and the wicket’s pretty good,” she said.

Of Atapattu she added: “She’s absolutely moosed them. We’ll have to have a sit down and re-think our plans against her, but she did really well.”

For a team that were given no chance in this series, it was an admirable performance. If Sri Lanka were to bat first and force Australia to chase a total of this size, perhaps the pressure could force a boilover.

“I’m so happy, I just played my natural and normal game. But this innings is now history, I’m focused on tomorrow’s game,” Atapattu said.

Alyssa Healy’s early fireworks that set the tone on Sunday before her swashbuckling innings came to an end when she was caught and bowled by Oshadi Ranasignhe for 43.

The good news for the Sri Lankans was that Healy, who had scored at more than two runs a ball, was no longer an issue. The bad news was that Mooney was still there, and was about to shift from a support role to the star of the show.

Spectators enjoy the action of the first international match of the home season.CREDIT:GETTY IMAGES

Captain Meg Lanning came and went, scoring just one run, dismissed off Ranasinghe’s next over. But Mooney pressed on, a crunching cover drive in the 13th over bring up her half-century before she kicked it up a gear and reached triple digits 21 deliveries later.

After slogging them to all corners of the ground it was a gentle single back past the bowler while on 99 that brought up the milestone. Mooney eventually holed out in the deep for 113 but left the field with Australia at 196, her job well and truly done.

Ashleigh Gardner chipped in with 49 runs of her own including four sixes before being caught on the boundary with four balls to go.

The Sri Lankan opening pair of Atapattu and Yasoda Mendis started brightly, scoring at more than a run a ball before the woman who had already tormented them so much with the bat struck brilliantly in the field.

Chamari Atapattu played a captain’s knock in the first T20 international against Australia.


Atapattu worked one down to point and set off for a quick single but Mooney steadied herself and threw down the stumps with Mendis well short of the crease.

Tayla Vlaeminck claimed the wicket of ‘keeper Anushka Sanjeewani shortly after and the rout looked to be on.

Nobody told Atapattu.

The Sri Lanka captain was masterful, playing a steady hand in the opening stages before swinging freely in the latter overs. A boundary back over the head of Delissa Kimmince brought up the hundred and a glorious six to midwicket brought up Sri Lanka’s highest-ever T20 score against the world’s best team, no less.

A Megan Schutt yorker finally got the breakthrough a ball later, with Atapattu departing for 113 from 66 balls. Some late slogging brought their innings to a close at 7-170, the second-highest ever score against Australia.

The series will resume at North Sydney Oval on Monday.

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Womens Cricket: Australia vs Sri Lanka Fixture

SriLanka vs Australia womens cricket

Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Erin Burns (T20I only), Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Heather Graham, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham

Sri Lanka T20I squad: Chamari Atapattu (c), Harshitha Madavi, Shashikala Siriwardena, Anushka Sanjeewani, Hansima Karunaratne, Yashoda Mendis, Nilakshi De Silva, Dilani Manodara, Oshadhi Ranasinghe, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandhika Kumari, Inoshi Fernando, Achini Kulasooriya, Udeshika Probodhani, Ama Kanchana.

First T20I: September 29, North Sydney Oval, 2.40pm

Second T20I: September 30, North Sydney Oval, 7.10pm

Third T20I: October 2, North Sydney Oval, 10.10am

First ODI: October 5, Allan Border Field, Brisbane, 10.10am

Second ODI: October 7, Allan Border Field, Brisbane, 10.10am

Third ODI: October 9, Allan Border Field, Brisbane, 10.10am

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