Meg Lanning post-match press conference interview

Meg Lanning
Meg Lanning
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Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 157-runs in the opening Commonwealth Bank One-Day International at Allan Border Field today.


Australia won the toss and elected to bat, the hosts posting 8-281 with captain Meg Lanning top-scoring with 73 from 66 balls.

Opener Rachael Haynes (56) was also impressive at the top of the order with a half-century of her own, while 66 to Beth Mooney in the middle-order took the home side's total past the 250-mark.

Ellyse Perry's 18 was enough for her to bring up 3000 ODI runs, while Mooney passed the 1000-run mark. 

Fast-bowler Ellyse Perry (1-13) got Australia off to a great start with the ball removing Sri Lankan opener Anushka Sanjeewani in the first over. 

Despite the setback the visitors kept the scoreboard ticking over, but they were soon in trouble when Tayla Vlaeminck (2-14) and Jess Jonassen (2-17) struck to have Sri Lanka 3-46. 

Australia continued to apply the pressure as wickets fell, spinner Ashleigh Gardner giving little away in the middle overs which saw her finish with remarkable figures of 2-9 off nine overs. 

Fellow spinner Georgia Wareham (1-36) was also among the wickets, while Haynes and Megan Schutt both claimed run outs as Australia restricted Sri Lanka to 124.  

The win is Australia’s 16th straight victory recorded in the 50-over format, with 17 the record in women's ODIs.


Meg Lanning post-match press conference interview