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8th Match, Bristol, Jun 29 2017, ICC Women's World Cup
(43.5/50 ov, target 258)262/2
AUS Women won by 8 wickets (with 37 balls remaining)
player of the match
Chamari Athapaththu
Sri Lanka Women
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• The Report by Shashank Kishore

Lanning 152* trumps Atapattu 178*

Australia sauntered to an eight-wicket victory in Bristol but only after they were forced to chase 258 courtesy a marvellous unbeaten 178 from Chamari Atapattu

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Commentator: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka Women257/9(50 overs)
Australia Women262/2(43.5 overs)

5.20pm Well, there you go. A game that looked one sided on paper, did not turn out that way at all. (Well, atleast for the first innings). Chamara Atapattu smashed her way to the record books, but Australia led by Meg Lanning, and supported by Nicole Bolton & Elysse Perry perfectly summarised how the game of cricket is played. Partnerships through their innings ensured a hiccup-free chase of 258. Australia go to the top of the table while Sri Lanka are now seventh. In case you're curious about the records Atapattu broke, head here. Hope you enjoyed the coverage today. From Sreshth and Shashank, it's goodbye.

5.15pm Chamari Atapattu is the Player of the Match. A rare honour to a player of the losing team. She says :"Happy with my performance. Played my normal game. My coach helped me a lot. Thank you very much to my team for the support. This one's for you. Actually, first 10-20 overs, I looked to take singles. After 35 overs I looked to hit the fours and sixers. I played my normal game. My hero is Sanath Jayasuriya. From a young age, I have tried to play like him. But now I have found my normal game. He helped me a lot to play my game and has supported me in my career."

5.12pm Sri Lanka captain Ranaweera: "I think we need to build partnerships and play in the middle. So I am disappointed. I am proud of Chamari, I am very happy. For our next game against England, we look to make less mistakes.

Winning captain Lanning: "Oh, look once she got going, it was hard to stop her. We couldn't stop her in the end, anyway. We know she likes to hit the ball hard and straight. We tried a whole lot of plans but none of that worked - a very special innings.

I do enjoy this ground. The square being so big, the ball runs away easily. In the innings break, I said we need someone to get a big score. Good that I managed to do that. Our bowlers were pushed today, in a good way, and worked well as the lead up to the New Zealand game."

Agrim Singh best describes Australia's chase: "The Australians were always in control, even after Chamari's heroics that gave the Lankans a decent score to defend. Lanning is a phenomena, an absolute gem of a player. Cool, calm and collected while using every bit of experience to keep the chase simple."

43.5
6
Kumarihami to Lanning, SIX runs

And what a way to finish the game! Lanning smashes a straight six down the ground and reaches her 150 too. She finishes on 152*, her highest ODI score. The ball, by the way, was full and straight on middle, Lanning simply looked at the arriving delivery, made the slightest of adjustments and pummeled the ball back over the bowler's head. That's game over.

43.4
Kumarihami to Lanning, no run

good length outside off, but her cut fails to find the gap. Finds the cover fielder

43.3
1
Kumarihami to Perry, 1 run

straight on middle and played on mid on with a straight bat. They scamper through for a single.

43.2
Kumarihami to Perry, no run

full outside off and she looks to cut the ball, finds the fielder

43.1
Kumarihami to Perry, no run

full and on middle, hit straight back down the ground to the bowler. She may have hurt herself while trying to field it but looks like shes ok

Reckon this may be the last over of the match

end of over 434 runs
AUS-W: 255/2CRR: 5.93 RRR: 0.43 • Need 3 from 42b
Ellyse Perry38 (50)
Meg Lanning146 (133)
Inoka Ranaweera9-0-51-0
Shashikala Siriwardene10-0-62-1
42.6
1
Ranaweera to Perry, 1 run

good length on middle, moves onto her backfoot and plays it easily towards long on

42.5
Ranaweera to Perry, no run

full on leg stump, hits the batsman's pad outside the stumps

42.4
1
Ranaweera to Lanning, 1 run
42.3
2
Ranaweera to Lanning, 2 runs

another full-toss and she sees the lollipop coming from far away. Smacked to sweeper on the leg side, the fielder tries hard to stop the boundary...but, it goes past her

42.2
Ranaweera to Lanning, no run

full and on middle and leg, hurries the batsman, who plays it towards cover with an open face

42.1
Ranaweera to Lanning, no run

full and outside leg, defended towards cover

end of over 4212 runs
AUS-W: 251/2CRR: 5.97 RRR: 0.88 • Need 7 from 48b
Meg Lanning143 (129)
Ellyse Perry37 (48)
Shashikala Siriwardene10-0-62-1
Inoka Ranaweera8-0-47-0
41.6
1
HASD Siriwardene to Lanning, 1 run

a close single, that! A direct-hit may have been close. Tucked towards the leg side but short mid-wicket was there to cover the run. Unfortunately, the throw wasn't strong enough

41.5
1
HASD Siriwardene to Perry, 1 run

drifts down the leg side but the batsman connects her bat, single down to fine leg

41.4
1
HASD Siriwardene to Lanning, 1 run

good ball on middle, turns towards leg side, but Lanning is too comfortable right now. Plays it down the leg side for one

41.3
4
HASD Siriwardene to Lanning, FOUR runs

oh, what a glorious shot. Lanning charges down the wicket, there's no spin to bother her and she plays it easily over mid off for four.

41.2
4
HASD Siriwardene to Lanning, FOUR runs

full toss on middle and Lanning punishes the loose ball. Sweeps it authoritatively to the sweeper region on the leg side, the fielder at cow corner had no chance

41.1
1
HASD Siriwardene to Perry, 1 run

straight on middle stump, once again played to the open field down the wicket, Australia are going to get the target easily if Sri Lanka don't attack

end of over 415 runs
AUS-W: 239/2CRR: 5.82 RRR: 2.11 • Need 19 from 54b
Ellyse Perry35 (46)
Meg Lanning133 (125)
Inoka Ranaweera8-0-47-0
Shashikala Siriwardene9-0-50-1

Samraat: "Already 11 centuries in just 59 matches at the age of 25. chee !!!!!!!! How much will she score by the end of career? Virat kohli and Hashim Amla of Womens cricket" - Or we can say Kohli or Amla are the Meg Lannings of Men's cricket?

40.6
1
Ranaweera to Perry, 1 run

straight outside off stump, the full-length ball is driven to long off

40.5
1
Ranaweera to Lanning, 1 run

full on middle and Lanning uses her soft hands to play it in front of point and takes off for a single

40.4
Ranaweera to Lanning, no run

good length that meets Lanning on the top of off stump, cut away towards backward point

Match details
County Ground, Bristol
TossAustralia Women, elected to field first
SeriesICC Women's World Cup
Season2017
Player Of The Match
Chamari Athapaththu
Chamari Athapaththu
Match numberODI no. 1062
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, First Session 10.30-13.40, Interval 13.40-14.10, Second Session 14.10-17.20
Match days29 June 2017 - day(50-over match)
WODI debut
Belinda Vakarewa
Belinda Vakarewa
Umpires
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Anil Chaudhary
England Image
Sue Redfern
Reserve Umpire
South Africa Image
Adrian Holdstock
Match Referee
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David Jukes
PointsAustralia Women 2, Sri Lanka Women 0