Rachael Haynes helps Australia survive scare against Sri Lanka

first_imgPerth: Rachael Haynes turned out to be the unlikely hero for Australia as she struck a classy half-century to help the hosts overcome a mighty scare against Sri Lanka in their Group A game at the WACA on Monday.Earlier, Chamari Athapaththu’s half-century set Sri Lanka on their way but two wickets apiece from Nicola Carey and Molly Strano held them at 122 for six.Australian hearts were racing when Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner and Beth Mooney all fell within the first four overs of the chase. But a stunning 60 from Haynes in a solid partnership with captain Meg Lanning ensured their tournament hopes stayed alive with a five-wicket victory at the WACA.Australia did not hesitate in showing their intent as Megan Schutt struck early with her third ball to remove Hasini Perera for a duck.It took until the end of the powerplay for Athapaththu to see her next partner fall as Umesha Thimeshani was removed by Carey for 20.Brief scores: Sri Lanka 122/6 (Chamari Athapaththu 50, Nicola Carey 2/18); Australia 123/5 (Rachael Haynes 60 Udeshika Prabodani 2/17). IANSAlso Read: Women’s ODI Rank Jess Jonassen back at 1, Alyssa Healy in top 3Also Watch: Rapido Captains become jobless from Satuday! Expressed their pain before THE SENTINEL DIGITALlast_img

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