About the Match
Defending Champions Australia began their campaign in a way everyone expected them to - winning their first game clinically. In the quest for their record title win, that is, 7th time, they now take on Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is coming to this game after facing a loss from New Zealand. The match is scheduled to be played at County Ground, Bristol on 29th June 2017. Previous two matches of the competition were washed out due to relentless downpour and there are predictions of rain on match-day as well. While a win would strengthen Australia's position at the top of the table, a win for Sri Lanka would render the table wide-open.
Sri Lanka Women
Sri Lanka started off brillianlty in their first match and could have given the Kiwis a run for their money, but Sri Lankan middle order didn't live up to the partnership their openers had set. The Sri Lankan bowlers never troubled Kiwis as they sailed to the target of 188 runs.
Nipuni Hansika and Chamari Polgampola started off the innings well as they stitched a solid 49-run stand. Chamari Polgampola joined in with Chamari Atapattu for another solid 92-run stand from where the downfall started. No one in the middle order was able to spend time at the crease as they folded out for a modest total.
Udeshika Prabodhani and Chandima Gunaratne started off well, but the other bowlers could not keep the pressure on and New Zealand eventually got to the target with 9 wickets in hand. Sri Lanka is a team which appears not-so-strong on paper but has always punched above their weight. Keeping that in consideration, Australia cannot take them lightly and if Sri Lanka can make early inroads into Australian lineup, we might see yet another upset in the tournament.
Australia did what they do best in a Cricket game, that is, never allow their opponents to even have a sniff at the victory. Australia went in as favorites in their game against West Indies and never let the game go out of control. They first restricted Windies to a total of 206 runs and chased it with considerable ease.
Their openers, Beth Mooney and Nicole Bolton, shared a 171-run opening stand with Bolton eventually scoring a century. They chased the total down with 12 overs to spare which sheds the light on how dominating they were with the bat. Earlier, their bowlers did wonderfully well to put the shackles on the West Indies' batters. All their bowlers chipped in with wickets with all-rounder Elysse Perry being the pick of the bowlers. She picked three scalps for 43 runs.
Overall, Australia was brilliant in the first match with no noticeable flaw in their performance. Should they continue to perform like this, they'll be a tough team to beat in this competition.
Sri Lanka is a team that is known to cause upsets. They did it with England in 2013 World Cup and might well do it here against Australia. Considering Australia's performance in their first match, it's going to be very tough ask. With the form, they're in and the team on paper, Australia are favorites to win yet another game and regain the top-of-the-table spot