Chamari Athapaththu’s individual brilliance failed to stop Australia from completing an easy win in the 8th match of the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup played at the County Ground, Bristol last evening.
Athapaththu’s 178 in 143 is the highest individual score in women’s international cricket.
However, the rest of the team failed to contribute. Shashikala Siriwardena made 24 and was the only other player to score over 20 runs.
In response, Australia lost an early wicket but Meg Lanning’s 150 steered the side to a comprehensive win. Australia won with over 6 overs to spare.
“The last three months we work hard. We played against under-17 and under-19 boys, and that’s the main reason I can handle fast bowlers. First 20 or 30 overs I tried for singles and the odd boundary. Then after 35 over, I tried to hit the ball over the rope,” said Athapaththu.
With two defeats in two games, the team’s in trouble and in need of similar contributions from the rest of the team.
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