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ICC T20 World Cup | Australia Win Final World Cup Warm-up but England Smashed

Playing their last game before the tournament starts on Friday, Australian skipper Meg Lanning and deputy Rachael Haynes steered them to a four-wicket victory with three balls to spare in Adelaide.

AFP |February 18, 2020, 2:41 PM IST
ICC T20 World Cup | Australia Win Final World Cup Warm-up but England Smashed

Australia's women warmed up for their T20 World Cup defence Tuesday with a battling win over South Africa, but England suffered a setback in a shock 10-wicket hammering by Sri Lanka.

Playing their last game before the tournament starts on Friday, Australian skipper Meg Lanning and deputy Rachael Haynes steered them to a four-wicket victory with three balls to spare in Adelaide.

Lanning (47 from 36 balls) and Haynes (39 from 35) put on a 90-run stand after they slumped to 35 for four in reply to South Africa's 147 for six.

"We're as ready as we can be. Now it's just about going out there and putting it on the park," Lanning said after a build up that saw the four-time World Cup winners beat India and England in a tri-series, but also lose to both sides.

England's final preparations couldn't have gone any worse.

Heather Knight won the toss in Adelaide and batted first but her team never got going, struggling to 122 for 9, with Sri Lanka's spinners inflicting the damage.

In reply, Sri Lankan skipper Chamari Atapattu smashed 78 from 50 balls with fellow opener Hasini Perera unbeaten on 29 as they reached their target without loss inside 13 overs.

"It was a disappointing performance, but I'd rather we got it out of the way ahead of the World Cup," said Knight. "We're still in a good place."

The 10-team World Cup starts in Sydney on Friday when Australia face India.

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5211 116
2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
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1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
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