Australia women 113 for 0 (Mooney 56*, Healy 54*) beat Sri Lanka women 112 for 8 (Samarawickrama 34, Schutt 4-24, Harris 2-7) by ten wickets
Gqeberha: Australia produced a stunning performance with both bat and ball to see off Sri Lanka in Gqeberha and move clear at the top of Group 1.
Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney starred with the bat, making a chase of 113 look like a walk in the park, with each reaching half-centuries.
Australia’s experienced opening pair got their side off to a terrific start, accelerating as their partnership went on to wrap up the win with more than four overs remaining and without losing a single wicket.
Healy was the first to reach 50 and in the process became the player with the most half-centuries at Women’s T20 World Cups (7), moving clear of Stafanie Taylor and Suzie Bates.
Mooney is a bit further down the list with four to her name but the 113-run opening stand was their third century partnership at a T20 World Cup, more than any other pairing.
Earlier, Sri Lanka’s top order made a decent start after Meg Lanning had won the toss and opted to bowl first, but the brilliance of Grace Harris in the field and with the ball saw Australia take control of the first innings.
Harris’ first major action of the match was to pull off a stunning catch in the deep to remove key opener Chamari Athapaththu for a run-a-ball 16.
Harshitha Samarawickrama and Vishmi Gunarathne saw off the remainder of the Powerplay, rattling along at just under 7-an-over.
But Harris, buoyed by her brilliant piece of fielding, stepped up to have Samarawickrama stumped for 34 (from 40 balls) and then remove Oshadi Ranasinghe for a duck.
Runs dried up through the middle overs, with the spinners stifling Sri Lanka’s middle order, and Harris finishing with outstanding figures of 2/7 from her three overs.