Mooney century steers Australia to 41-run win over Sri Lanka in 1st Women’s T20I

Beth Mooney 113 for Australia Women
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A brilliant Beth Mooney century has steered Australia to a 41-run win against Sri Lanka in the opening match of the Commonwealth Bank Twenty20 International Series at North Sydney Oval.

Match Summary

Australia Women 217 - 4 (Alyssa Healy 43, Beth Mooney 113, Ashleigh Gardner 49; Oshadhi Ranasinghe 2-44)

Sri Lanka Women 176 - 7 (Chamari Atapattu 113; Georgia Wareham 2-19)

Result - Australia Women win by 41 runs

Mooney and fellow opener Alyssa Healy (43) got Australia off to a fast start, the duo putting on 72 runs before the latter was dismissed in the seventh over.

Captain Meg Lanning joined Mooney out in the middle but could only manage one run before being trapped lbw, her dismissal bringing big-hitting Ashleigh Gardner to the crease.

Gardner and Mooney combined superbly, finding the boundary with ease as the latter brought up her century off just 53 balls before eventually falling for 113 in an innings that included 20 fours.

Gardner fell just short of her half-century but her 49 off 27 balls was enough to ensure Australia passed the 200-mark, the hosts posting 4-217.

Mooney continued to impress in the field, with a direct hit run out resulting in Australia’s first wicket of the innings.

Australia soon had its second wicket through Tayla Vlaeminck (1-26) after Healy took a good catch behind the stumps, but with the score 2-27 opener Chamari Athapaththu took control of her side’s innings with some powerful hitting.

Athapaththu hit 18 boundaries on her way to 113 as she threw everything she could at chasing down the target, but she lacked support as Australia claimed the wickets around her.

Megan Schutt (1-34) claimed the big wicket of the Sri Lanka captain in the 18th over, however the target looked to be out of reach with the visitors posting 7-176, 42 runs shy of victory.

Match Details

Australia Women - Alyssa Healy(wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning(c), Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Wareham, Tayla Vlaeminck, Megan Schutt

Sri Lanka Women - Chamari Atapattu(c), Anushka Sanjeewani(wk), Harshitha Madavi, Sashikala Siriwardena, Yashoda Mendis, Nilakshi de Silva, Hansima Karunaratne, Oshadhi Ranasinghe, Ama Kanchana, Udeshika Prabodani, Sugandika Kumari

Start Time: 05:40

Toss: Australia Women won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: North Sydney Oval, Sydney

Officials: Shawn Craig, Phillip Gillespie, Claire Polosak, Simon Lightbody, Stephen Bernard

Tour Details

Australia Women

Commonwealth Bank T20I squad - Meg Lanning (c) (Victoria), Rachael Haynes (vc) (New South Wales), Erin Burns (New South Wales), Nicola Carey (Tasmania), Ashleigh Gardner (New South Wales), Heather Graham (Western Australia), Alyssa Healy (New South Wales), Jess Jonassen (Queensland), Delissa Kimmince (Queensland), Beth Mooney (Queensland), Ellyse Perry (Victoria), Megan Schutt (South Australia), Tayla Vlaeminck (Victoria), Georgia Wareham (Victoria)

Commonwealth Bank ODI squad - Meg Lanning (c) (Victoria), Rachael Haynes (vc) (New South Wales), Nicola Carey (Tasmania), Ashleigh Gardner (New South Wales), Heather Graham (Western Australia), Alyssa Healy (New South Wales), Jess Jonassen (Queensland), Delissa Kimmince (Queensland), Beth Mooney (Queensland), Ellyse Perry (Victoria), Megan Schutt (South Australia), Tayla Vlaeminck (Victoria), Georgia Wareham (Victoria)

 

Fixtures

Twenty20 Internationals

29 September, 2:40pm – Australia v Sri Lanka, North Sydney Oval, Sydney - AUS won by 41 runs

30 September, 7:10pm – Australia v Sri Lanka, North Sydney Oval, Sydney

2 October, 2:10pm – Australia v Sri Lanka, North Sydney Oval, Sydney

One-Day Internationals*

5 October, 10am – Australia v Sri Lanka, Allan Border Field, Brisbane

7 October, 10am – Australia v Sri Lanka, Allan Border Field, Brisbane

9 October, 10am – Australia v Sri Lanka, Allan Border Field, Brisbane

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