Australia’s unbelievable run in the ICC Women’s Championship (one-day matches) extended to 15 victories in 16 games after defeating Sri Lanka in the first match on Saturday, October 5, by 157 runs.
Australia scored a dismal 282 goal after half a century: Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning, and Beth Mooney helped after 281/8 before Tayla Vlaeminck, Jess Jonassen and Ashleigh Gardner each picked two wickets to bundle Sri Lanka in for 124, 41 3 overs.
The result followed Australia’s 3-0 victory over Sri Lanka in the T20Is.
Australia selected Allan Border Field in Brisbane and suffered the early loss of Alyssa Healy, who was caught and bumped by Achini Kulasuriya in a run-a-ball 8. But then Haynes and Lanning met, and Sri Lanka lay under a mountain of slopes. The pair put on 126 for the third wicket and each brought half their centuries before they played in successive overs.
Lanning was the first to fall. After hammering a 66-ball 73, she was dismissed by Oshadi Ranasinghe before Haynes was dismissed by Shashikala Siriwardene after scoring a more appropriate 76-ball 56.
However, this made things only slightly better for Sri Lanka. Mooney then came to the middle and set about raising her eighth ODI half-century. And though the gates were down at the other end – Ellyse Perry (19) and Ashleigh Garnder (7) – the races continued. Mooney then dropped to Inoka Ranaweera for a 68-Ball 66, but Nicola Carey (19 of 22) and Georgia Wareham (19 of 18) helped to increase the total.
It has proved more than sufficient. Sri Lanka’s innings never took off, Siriwardenes 51-Ball 30 was the highest score of the innings. There was a wicket in the first round when Anushka Sanjeewani was laid off in vain and despite all attempts by Harshitha Madavi (22), Chamari Athapaththu (13) and Hansima Karunaratne (17) to fight back, Australia ran through them.
The lower order made less resistance and, despite Siriwarde’s efforts, it did not take long for Australia to win.
The second IWC ODI between these two teams will take place on Sunday at the same venue.