On the back of a splendid bowling and fielding display, Australia notched up a 2-0 lead over Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 International, sealing a comprehensive nine-wicket win in Sydney.
Chasing a paltry target of 85, Australia’s top-order made short work of the pursuit, with Beth Mooney (28*) and Erin Burns (30*) steering the hosts home with 62 balls to spare. The only wicket to fall for the side was that of Alyssa Healy, who, with this match, became only the ninth woman to play 100 T20Is.
Earlier in the day, the frailties of Sri Lanka’s batting order came to the fore once again, as they stuttered to 85/8 in 20 overs. Pacer Tayla Vlaeminck drew first blood, removing Yashoda Mendis off the fifth ball of the innings. From then on, it was only a downward slide, as the Sri Lankan team continued to lose wickets at regular intervals.
Chamari Athapaththu, who slammed Sri Lanka Women’s maiden T20I ton in yesterday’s game, was one of only four batters to cross the double-digit mark in the first innings. With the run-rate needing a push at 38/2 in the tenth over, she tried to steal a quick single, only to be beaten by a direct hit from Georgia Wareham. Another direct hit by Burns found the better of Hansima Karunaratne, highlighting the hosts’ sharp fielding throughout the game.
Wareham soon accounted for the wicket of Harshitha Madhavi, while Ellyse Perry (2/21) and Nicola Carey helped clean up the tail. Ama Kancha gave the innings a late flourish with an 11-ball 16 at No.9, but it could only push the side past 80. Carey’s spell of 4-1-9-1 ended up being the joint-most economical spell in a women’s T20I game on Australian soil.
🚨 Australia win 🚨— ICC (@ICC) September 30, 2019
They thrash Sri Lanka by nine wickets with Erin Burns finishing 30* and Beth Mooney 28* 🔥
Alyssa Healy's 100th T20I ends in a comfortable victory! pic.twitter.com/3QfVV7UR61
Healy started Australia’s innings in typical fashion, racing off to 21 off 14 balls, before she fell to a brilliant diving catch by Nilakshi Damayanthi off Udeshika Prabodani, with the score reading 38/1 in 4.2 overs. Mooney then found company in Erin Burns, who was batting for the first time in international cricket, as the two went about chasing the target with little challenge from the bowlers.
Burns finished off the chase in the tenth over, striking a four off Athapaththu to seal the series. The final game of the T20I leg will be played at the same ground on Wednesday, 2 October, before the teams face off in the one-day format.
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