Rachael Haynes Steers Australia to 110-run Win
A maiden One-Day International century to Rachael Haynes has steered Australia to a 110-run win against Sri Lanka in the second Commonwealth Bank ODI at Allan Border Field, equalling the all-time women's record of 17 consecutive victories in the format.
The win means Australia will take out the ODI series as well as the ICC Women's Championship, with the two points earned from today's game enough to take an unassailable lead at the top of the table with four matches remaining.
Captain Meg Lanning won the toss and elected to bat, with Sri Lanka's bowlers making the going tough for the Australian batters early.
It didn't take long for openers Alyssa Healy and Haynes (118) to find their grove, the duo combing for a 116-run partnership before Healy was caught on the boundary for 69.
Haynes carried on unfazed, combining with Lanning (45) for Australia's second century stand, the left-hander working the ball around to safely bring up her first century in the format.
Spinner Jess Jonassen (4-31) claimed Australia's first wicket but a 70-run partnership between Anushka Sanjeewani (36) and Harshitha Madavi (39) had Sri Lanka in the contest.
Nicole Carey (1-30) got the breakthrough for Australia before Jonassen struck for a second time as the required run rate began to climb for the visitors.
Youngsters Tayla Vlaeminck (1-30) and Georgia Wareham (2-29) claimed three middle-order wickets between them before Jonassen had her third and 100th ODI scalp, becoming the second fastest to the milestone.
Debutant Heather Graham (1-29) capped off the day with her first wicket in the green and gold, as Sri Lanka batted out its overs to finish 9-172.
The two sides will meet in the final match of the series on Wednesday at Allan Border Field.
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