Women’s World Cup: Athapaththu 178* not enough as Australia beats SL

Meg Lanning’s unbeaten 152 helped Australia post its second win in a row.

Chamari Athapaththu celebrates her third ODI century on Thursday.   -  Reuters

Despite a rapid knock of 178 (unbeaten) from Chamari Athapaththu, the third highest individual score in women’s One-Day Internationals (ODIs), Sri Lanka came out second best in its World Cup tie against Australia at Bristol. Australia overhauled Sri Lanka’s 257 for 9 for the loss of two wickets and more than six overs to spare via a combative century from Meg Lanning (152 not out), and decent contributions from Nicole Bolton (60) and Ellyse Perry (39 not out).

Athapaththu was adjudged the player of the match for her 143-ball knock. It wasn’t enough for Sri Lanka as no other batter provided much resistance. The next highest individual score in the Sri Lankan line-up was of Shashikala Siriwardena, who scored 24. The wickets were shared around, with six out of seven Australian snaring at least one opposition batter.

Sri Lankan bowlers, in contrast, weren’t quite so effective. Sripali Weerakkody and Siriwardena took a wicket each.

This was Australia’s second win in a row, on the same day India secured its second win.

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