Meg Lanning stars with the bat as Sri Lanka women is beaten by 19 runs
Aiming to win the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 for the third consecutive time, Australia started its campaign on a positive note, seeing off Sri Lanka by 19 runs in the first warm-up match on Tuesday (March 18).
Australia posted 144 for 5 from its 20 overs at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan No. 3 Ground in Savar. After a steady start, Sri Lanka kept losing wickets at regular intervals and could manage just 125 for 5 from its quota.
Opening the batting for Sri Lanka, Chamari Jayangani and Yashoda Mendis added 37 runs in 4.5 overs for the first wicket. Jessica Jonassen dismissed Jayangani for 20, and Mendis (18 off 13 balls) soon followed as Sri Lanka was reduced to 44 for 2 in 6.2 overs.
In at No. 4, Shashikala Siriwardene kept the runs flowing from one end. However, the other batters failed to play around her and wickets kept tumbling. Needing 55 from the last five overs, Sri Lanka could manage just 35.
Siriwardene remained unbeaten on 39 off 38 balls. Jonassen put on a splendid show with the ball, picking up 2 for 3 from her three overs.
Elyse Villani and Alyssa Healy had earlier got the Australia's innings off to a solid start, adding 34 for the first wicket in 4.5 overs before Chandima Gunaratne bowled Healy for 19. Meg Lanning, who scored one run off nine punished the bowlers in the latter half of the innings, scoring 42 runs off the next 29 balls she faced.
However, Gunaratne dismissed Lanning and Jess Cameron (30) in the space of three balls. But, with wickets in hand, Alex Blackwell (16) and Ellyse Perry (10) didn’t let the advantage slip, scoring 29 runs off the last 19 balls and finishing with a flourish.
Gunaratne, who went wicketless in her last four T20s, dismissed three of the top four batters, returning figures of 3 for 27 from her four overs.
Sri Lanka will clash against Ireland with on Thursday, while, Australia plays West Indies on Friday.