Atapattu’s century in vain as Australia complete series whitewash
Sri Lanka Women skipper Chamari Atapattu celebrates her fifth ODI hundred against Australia in the third and final ODI at Brisbane on Wednesday.
BRISBANE, Wednesday : Alyssa Healy continued her prolific run-scoring form by plundering a 71-ball hundred on her way to an unbeaten 76-ball 112 as Australia surged to a record-breaking 18th ODI victory in a row with a nine-wicket hammering of Sri Lanka.
Chamari Atapattu’s 103, her fifth ODI hundred and her second century of the tour following her T20I ton in Sydney, anchored Sri Lanka’s effort but the next-best score was 24 and they could still only post 8 for 195, which proved way short of giving Australia a challenge. A 3-0 series result was nothing less than expected, but Australia’s ruthlessness was impressive.
For the first time in the series, Sri Lanka were able to set a target and there was a promising foundation at 1 for 68 before Harshitha Madavi was smartly run out by Healy’s direct hit as she ran around from behind the stumps after a badly misjudged single. They slumped to 5 for 87 as Georgia Wareham struck twice, but Atapattu held firm.
She added 49 with Ama Kanchana and 47 with Oshadi Ranasinghe, bringing up an impressive hundred off 120 deliveries, to put a seal on a tour where she has been head and shoulders above the rest of Sri Lanka’s batting.
Sri Lanka Women 195-8 in 20 overs (Chamari Atapattu 103, Harshitha Madavi 24, Megan Schutt 2/44, Georgia Wareham 2/18)
Australia Women 196-1 in 26.5 overs (Rachael Haynes 63, Alyssa Healy 112 n.o., Meg Lanning 20 n.o.)