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Haynes' Maiden Ton Propels Australia to Series Win Over Sri Lanka

Skipper Meg Lanning too chipped in with a valuable 45.

Cricketnext Staff |October 7, 2019, 1:14 PM IST
Haynes' Maiden Ton Propels Australia to Series Win Over Sri Lanka

It was yet another clinical performance by Australia against Sri Lanka in the second women’s ODI at Brisbane on Monday that helped the hosts take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Australia opener Rachael Haynes emerged as the star in her team’s victory as she smashed 118 in 132 balls – first ODI ton – to inflict a 110-run loss on the Lankan side.

After setting a total of 282/8, Sri Lanka were never in the contest and put up a meek show with the bat. Their innings was guided by fall of wickets at regular intervals, and could never match the required run-rate.

After losing Chamari Athapaththu for 14, Anushka Sanjeevani (36) and Harshitha Madavi (39) did string a partnership of 70, but consumed a lot of deliveries in the process that put a lot of pressure on batsmen to follow.

Once this partnership was broken, it was a matter of time that the Lankan team surrendered to the mighty Aussies. Left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen bagged 4/30, while Georgia Wareham ended with figures of 2/29.

Earlier in the day after opting to bat first, Australia made the most of conducive batting conditions. Haynes scored a ton, and was well supported by in-form Alyssa Healy who smashed 69 from 62 balls.

Skipper Meg Lanning too chipped in with a valuable 45.

In the bowling department, Achini Kulasuriya took 3/50 in her 10 overs, while skipper Sashikala Siriwardene returned with bowling figures of 2/41.

With just one match left, again at Brisbane, Sri Lankan team would like to salvage some pride and sign off with a win on the tour.

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