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Dominant Australia overwhelm Sri Lanka to take series

SYDNEY, Monday: Australia Women produced a dominant display in the field as Sri Lanka Women were overwhelmed in the second T20I at North Sydney Oval by nine wickets.

The captain, Chamari Atapattu, could not match her heroics of the previous night as Sri Lanka managed just 85 for 8 which Australia knocked off with more than 10 overs to spare.

On a chilly evening under lights, Sri Lanka were never in the contest after electing to bat. Tayla Vlaeminck struck in a wicket-maiden opening over and Australia cut off Atapattu's favoured scoring areas more effectively than the previous night when she clubbed 113 off 66 balls. Any hope Sri Lanka had of posting a decent total disappeared when Atapattu was run out by a direct hit from Georgia Wareham in the 10th over.

Atapattu managed 12 fours and six sixes herself the day before, but this time the entire Sri Lanka innings featured just nine - with two coming off the final two deliveries - against an Australia outfit that were threatening throughout.

There was no let-up outside of the fielding restrictions as Australia's sharpness in the field stood out.

Alyssa Healy, playing her 100th T20I, gave the chase a brisk start before falling to an outstanding catch as de Silva ran back from mid-on and held a steepling chance as she dived full length. Australia's fielding had been top draw, but that pipped everything. Burns was given the chance to bat at No. 3, taking the chance with an unbeaten 30 off 18 balls, and Beth Mooney followed her century in the opening match with a neat 28 as victory came at a canter.

Scores: Sri Lanka Women 84-8 in 20 overs (Shashikala Siriwardana 19, Ellyse Perry 2/21)

Australia Women 87-1 in 9.4 overs (Beth Mooney 28 n.o., Alyssa Healy 21, Erin Burns 30 n.o.)

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