Rachael Haynes’ maiden century sets up Australia’s record-equalling win | Daily News

Rachael Haynes’ maiden century sets up Australia’s record-equalling win

BRISBANE, Monday - A maiden international century from Rachael Haynes was the standout performance in Australia’s 110-run victory in the second ODI against Sri Lanka at Brisbane that put them 2-0 up in the series.

Haynes’ 118 off 132 balls formed the cornerstone of Australia’s 282-8 although that was a lower total than appeared likely for large parts of the innings, as Sri Lanka fought back at the death.

Haynes and Alyssa Healy added 116 in 19.3 overs for the first wicket after which Haynes put on 103 with Meg Lanning (45) but from 1 for 219 the last ten overs brought 6 for 63.

Sri Lanka started the chase better than how they did in the opening game. At 1 for 95 in the 23rd over, they had a glimmer of putting some pressure on Australia, but on a slow pitch where it was difficult to force the pace they couldn’t keep up with the required rate.

Jess Jonassen took 4 for 31 which included her 100th wicket in ODIs, the fourth Australian to reach that landmark, as Australia secured a record-equalling 17th ODI win on the bounce to match the mark set by Belinda Clark’s team from 1997 to 1999. This win also gave them an unassailable lead in the Women’s Championship.

On a surface being used for the second time in three days, Australia batted first and after some early caution were making strong progress through Healy and Haynes. Healy sprinted to her fifty off 44 balls and appeared set for a big score before falling to Sri Lanka captain Shashikala Siriwardene who again bowled her ten overs tidily for 2 for 41.

Scores:

Australian Women 282-8 in 50 overs (Alyssa Healy 69, Rachael Haynes 118, Meg Lanning 45, Achini Kulasuriya 3/50, Sugandika Kumari 2/66, Shashikala Siriwardene 2/41)

Sri Lanka Women 172-9 in 50 overs (Anuskha Sanjeewani 36, Harshitha Madavi 39, Shashikala Siriwardene 22, Nilakshi de Silva 25, Jess Jonassen 4/31, Georgia Wareham 2/29)


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