Australia defeat Sri Lanka in first women’s ODI

Australia Women Thrash Sri Lanka in First ODI to Take Series Lead

In pursuit of 282 runs, Sri Lanka got off to the worst possible start as the side lost it's opening wicket in the first over itself.

Earlier Australia half-centuries by Meg Lanning (73 off 66 balls), Rachael Haynes (56 off 76) and Beth Mooney (66 off 68) helped Australia Women post a challenging total of 281 for 8.

Sarfraz said every defeat has a lesson and one must learn from it and Pakistan team will go into the match after thoroughly taking into the consideration the facts which resulted in team's loss.

Captain Meg Lanning won the toss and elected to bat first on a handsome day for cricket in Brisbane.

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As Schutt threw the ball back in, Ranasinghe and captain Shashikala Siriwardene would race back for the second run, before Ranasinghe stopped her run in the middle of the pitch, seemingly thinking that the ball had gone to the boundary. Beth Mooney who came in at the dismissal of Rachael Haynes also scored 66 runs at nearly run a ball making sure Australia ended with an above-par total. Udeshika Prabodhani was the pick of the bowlers picking up two wickets in her 9 overs giving away just 46 runs.

The Islanders' lower order was not able to stay at the crease for a long time and Sri Lanka was bundled out for 124, handling Australia a win by 157 runs. All of the Australian bowlers combined to bowl 10 maiden overs. Tayla Vlaeminck, Jess Jonassen and Ashleigh Gardner picked up two wickets each with the Sri Lankan innings finally coming to an end in the 42nd over.

The hopes of Sri Lanka's chase was fell on the shoulders of star batter Chamari Athapathuthu but she could only managed just 13 runs leaving Sri Lanka in a spot of bother.

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