While we are midway through the T20 World Cup, table positioning is gaining importance. Teams are fighting in order to maintain their top most positions on tables of Group A and B.
Australia and Sri Lanka from the first group, faced each in order to decide their positioning. Both teams, with equal points, fought to gain those extra points and escalate higher.
Australia crushed Sri Lanka completely, especially with their fierce batting performance. At St. George’s Oval, Australia decided to bowl first. Their decision seemed just right, especially with the kind of batting line-up they have. Sri Lanka had no option but to set up as many runs as possible.
With Harshitha Samarawickrama opening Chamari Athapattu, the team was off to a decent start. Both played a few overs together before Athapattu lost her wicket on Ellyse Perry’s delivery. Vishmi Gunaratna joined Harshitha, as the two contributed maximum runs together for the team. The Sri Lankan team seemed to struggle while fetching runs for the team.
Megan Schutt played her cards and took 4 wickets in the meanwhile. With Gunaratna’s wicket, Megan took three more in the last few overs. This included the lower order batters like Ama Kanchana, Malsha Shehani and Sugandika Kumari.
Grace Harris assisted Schutt in the wickets. Ellyse Perry and Georgia Wareham picked one wicket each.
With this Sri Lanka wrapped their first inning at 112 runs losing a total of 8 wickets. A comfortable chase for Australia who needed only 113 runs to win in 20 overs.
For the chase, Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney did all that was required. The two openers led the team to an easy win. They shouldered the responsibility to chase all the required runs and won the game in just 15.5 overs.
Alyssa Healy contributed 54 runs while Mooney contributed the remaining 56. A convincing win for Australia. Alyssa Healy won the ‘Player of the Match’ title for her fierce batting and quick runs. No success for the Sri Lankan bowling line-up.
With this Australia now sits undefeated on the top of Group A’s point table, as Sri Lanka succeeds them with 2 wins.
Sri Lanka 112/8 (Harshitha Samarawickrama 34 (40), Megan Schutt 4/24, Grace Harris 2/7) lost against Australia 113/0 (Beth Mooney 56 (53), Alyssa Healy 54 (53)) by 10 wickets.