Women’s Cricket: Australia thrash Sri Lanka by 78 runs in second ODI
Australia became the first side to qualify for next year’s ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in England.
Australia, winning the toss and opting to bat first, amassed 254/8 in their 50 overs. Alex Blackwell was the stand out performer with the blade as she made 56 runs from 64 balls which included three fours and a six.
Nicole Bolton scored 64 runs from 88 balls with eight boundaries to her name whereas Elyse Villani contributed 45 runs from 56 balls with the help of seven boundaries.
Chamari Atapattu took three wickets for Sri Lankan whereas Sugandika Kumari dismissed two Australian batswomen.
Sri Lanka Women, chasing 255 runs to win from 50 overs, could only score 176/9. Chamari Polgampola made 68 runs 136 balls with eight boundaries whereas Eshani Lokusuriyage made 20 runs from 28 balls with four fours to her name.
Inoshi Priyadharshani and Sugandika Kumari contributed 12 and 10 runs respectively with the blade for the team.
Kristen Beams grabbed four wickets each for the Australian side whereas pacers Holly Ferling and Ellyse Perry grabbed two wickets each for the team.
Australia lead the four-match series 2-0. The side won the first ODI at Dambulla by four wickets.