Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning revived Australia’s stuttering Women’s Twenty20 World Cup title defence with a match-turning 95-run partnership within the dwelling facet’s tense five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Perth on Monday. The four-time champions had been on the point of elimination at 10 for 3 chasing 123 earlier than vice-captain Haynes made 60 and skipper Lanning managed 41 not out to rescue the house facet, who misplaced their opener towards India on Friday.
“Hopefully it settles our group down,” participant of the match Haynes instructed reporters.
“I hope today showed a little bit of our character.”
Australia’s victory inches them nearer to Group A pacesetters India and New Zealand. Only the highest two from every of the 2 five-team teams qualify for the knockout section.
But they had been pushed to the restrict by Sri Lanka, who’re all however eradicated having misplaced to New Zealand on Saturday.
“Our young side played really well against the world champions,” Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu stated. “We lost the match but won hearts in the crowd.”
World quantity eight Sri Lanka had been restricted to 122 for six from their 20 overs after electing to bat on a green-tinged WACA pitch.
In-form Athapaththu, Sri Lanka’s greatest batter, was the standout with 50 however the batting fell away till Nilakshika Silva added invaluable runs within the backend.
The match spectacularly flipped when left-arm fast Udeshika Prabodhani bowled opener Alyssa Healy for a duck and Ashleigh Gardner for 2 with pearlers. Australia crashed additional after Beth Mooney was stumped for six off spinner Shashikala Siriwardene.
Lanning, enjoying in her 100th T20 International, had a fortunate escape within the eighth over when she was caught behind on 15 solely to be given not out in a call unable to be overturned with Sri Lanka out of opinions.
Haynes was dropped on 26 by Siriwardene earlier than altering the momentum with consecutive sixes within the 16th over off spinner Sugandika Kumari.
Haynes fell with 18 runs nonetheless wanted however Lanning calmly guided Australia over the road with three balls to spare.