Australia Women v Sri Lanka Women World T20 Preview - Match 13
Australia will hope to keep its title defence on track, but will be wary of Sri Lanka's spinners.
23 March 2016 21:08
Australia was reduced to 4 for 4 before Elysse Perry engineered a revival of sorts, making 42 at No. 5
In the first of the encounters, Australia Women takes on Sri Lanka Women, with both teams keen to secure the two points on offer. Both teams have one win from two matches played - they both lost to a New Zealand side in full flow - but Australia is ahead in the points table by virtue of a superior Net Run-Rate.
Australia, one of the favourites to take the ICC Women's World T20 title when the tournament began, started well, beating South Africa by six wickets at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur. Its campaign then hit a bit of a roadblock when New Zealand's bowlers stunned the Australian top order on March 21. Australia was reduced to 4 for 4 before Elysse Perry engineered a revival of sorts, making 42 at No. 5 to push the score to 103 for 8 from 20 overs. This would prove to be too few as Suzie Bates and Rachel Priest got New Zealand off to a good start, putting on 58 for the first wicket. Despite a slight wobble, New Zealand got home comfortably, with six wickets and almost four overs to spare.
Perry though, didn't see that loss as "deflating". "It gives us something to work on. Everyone will be keen to get back out there and work on the things that didn't come off for us. The beauty of the World Cup is that you have games coming thick and fast. Everyone will be very much looking forward to going out there and playing again. There's a lot of things we want to improve on to hopefully qualify for the semifinal," she said after the New Zealand game.
One of the things the team will want to get right as it aims to defend its title is its top-order batting. "It's just about being consistent really," said Perry, even as she expressed confidence in their ability to come good when it counts.
Sri Lanka, meanwhile, came up against New Zealand first up, and lost comfortably. Relief came in the next game when it put 129 on the board against Ireland, Chamari Atapattu, Prasadani Weerakkody and Eshani Lokusuriyage all getting among the runs. Sugandhika Kumari then picked up three wickets for her career-best figures as Sri Lanka defended their score.
The side will again look to its experienced seniors to come good. In both games, the batters have struggled against spin, even as their own spinners have been effective. Sri Lanka will know that the going will be anything but easy against Australia and will hope that the slow nature of the pitch at the Kotla will help it.
Interestingly, Sri Lanka and Australia have never faced off in T20Is. Expect both teams to do their homework going into this crucial clash.
Australia Women: Meg Lanning (capt), Alex Blackwell (vice-capt), Kristen Beams, Lauren Cheatle, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Nicola Carey, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani.
Sri Lanka Women: Shashikala Siriwardene (capt), Chamari Atapattu, Nilakshi de Silva, Nipuni Hansika, Ama Kanchana, Hansima Karunaratne, Eshani Lokusuriyage, Sugandika Kumari, Yasoda Mendis, Harshitha Madavi, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Udeshika Prabodhani, Dilani Manodara (wk), Inoka Ranaweera, Prasadani Weerakkody.
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