Weak Sri Lanka fielding and bowling shuns Ataputtu’s blitz of unbeaten 178

 . Last updated on June 30, 2017, 11:13 AM
Weak Sri Lanka fielding and bowling shuns Ataputtu’s blitz of unbeaten 178
Chamari Atapattu knocked the third highest ODI score in women cricket.


Chamari Atapattu’s unbeaten 178 was an unprecedented jolt for Australia bowlers. It is the third highest score in women’s ODI, that too from a player of the team eight down the ICC ODI ranking. Adding to the intensity, it is against the top team, Australia, on the same ODI list. Sri Lanka had none but Atapattu to haul the target for Australia to 258.

In contrast to Atapattu, eight other players in the team could not add a double-digit score. The next highest individual score was 24 by Shashikala Siriwardene. Sri Lanka could have won the match if they had some way to restrict those misfields. Despite of such the wondrous knock, Sri Lanka lost it to England by eight wickets. Ellyse Perry emerged as the most expensive bowler with an economy of 6.5. However, Atapattu did not spare any bowler including 52 off Perry’s eight overs.

England’s chase was bolstered with the unbeaten 152 off Meg Lanning. It was her best score so far in ODI. Sri Lanka bowler remained restricted to only a single wicket before the long standing third wicket partnership. Beth Mooney was caught in the second over brining Lanning to the pitch. Sri Lanka was all dependent on spin attack, which was of course, not enough. Both opener Nicole Bolton and skipper Lanning feasted on the weak defense to forge the winning partnership of 133 runs. Bolton, who knocked down two wickets in the previous inning, scored an excellent 60 off 71 balls. It was her second half century in the tournament.

The next partnership stretch in the match was between Ellyse Perry and Lanning. The unbeaten 124-run pairing up was the winning bet. While Lanning’s knock of 152 came off 135, Perry scored of 39 off 53. The players hauled the target with 37 balls to spare. The chase was easy for Australia as the team was headstrong with formidable partnerships. Chamari Atapattu was conferred the Player of the Match for her knock.

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