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Meg Lanning century trumps Chamari Athapaththu’s 178 as Australia win again

Sri Lanka number three Chamari Athapaththu made an unbeaten 178 - the third highest individual score in a women’s one-day international - in a competitive total of 257 for nine. But Australia captain Meg Lanning ended the match in style, hitting a six to bring up her 150 and seal victory for Australia with nearly six overs to spare.

cricket Updated: Jun 30, 2017 20:13 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Australia captain Meg Lanning (right) made 152 not out against Sri Lanka in an ICC Women’s World Cup match. (IDI via Getty Images)

Australia captain Meg Lanning made a superb century as the reigning champions made it two wins out of two at the women’s World Cup with a tournament-record chase to beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets at Bristol on Thursday despite a stunning hundred from Chamari Athapaththu. (Sri Lanka vs Australia: Scorecard)

The Sri Lanka number three made an unbeaten 178 -- the third highest individual score in a women’s one-day international -- in a seemingly competitive total of 257 for nine.

Athapaththu’s innings featured 22 fours and six sixes.

But poor fielding and catching meant Sri Lanka’s spin-dominated attack rarely looked like defending such a score, with Lanning making 152 not out -- her 11th ODI century a record for women’s matches at this level.

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Lanning ended the match in style, hitting a six to bring up her 150 and seal victory for Australia with nearly six overs to spare.

It was their second dominant success of the tournament, after an opening eight-wicket win over the West Indies.

‘Very special’

But Athapaththu received the player of the match award and an admiring Lanning said: “Once she got going, it was hard to stop her. We couldn’t stop her in the end, anyway. We know she likes to hit the ball hard and straight. We tried a whole lot of plans but none of that worked -- a very special innings.”

Lanning added: “In the innings break, I said we need someone to get a big score. It was good that I managed to do that.”

Sri Lanka captain Inoka Ranaweera had mixed emotions, saying: “I think we need to build partnerships and play in the middle, so I am disappointed. I am proud of Chamari, I am very happy. For our next game against England, we will look to make fewer mistakes.”

First to 11 centuries

Lanning, meanwhile, became the fastest batsman across both the genders to complete 11 centuries, following her ton against Sri Lanka. He has reached the feat in 59 innings.

First Published: Jun 30, 2017 09:18 IST