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.
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."
good length outside off, but her cut fails to find the gap. Finds the cover fielder
straight on middle and played on mid on with a straight bat. They scamper through for a single.
full outside off and she looks to cut the ball, finds the fielder
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
good length on middle, moves onto her backfoot and plays it easily towards long on
full on leg stump, hits the batsman's pad outside the stumps
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
full and on middle and leg, hurries the batsman, who plays it towards cover with an open face
full and outside leg, defended towards cover
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
drifts down the leg side but the batsman connects her bat, single down to fine leg
good ball on middle, turns towards leg side, but Lanning is too comfortable right now. Plays it down the leg side for one
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.
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
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
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?
straight outside off stump, the full-length ball is driven to long off
full on middle and Lanning uses her soft hands to play it in front of point and takes off for a single
good length that meets Lanning on the top of off stump, cut away towards backward point