By Divya Suryanarayan
Mumbai: Feb 9, 2013
Unbeaten so far, a formidable Australia will take on giant-killers Sri Lanka in what could turn out to be an interesting Super Six clash of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2013 at Mumbai on Sunday.
Buoyed by the two-run victory over defending champions England in the previous game, five-time champions Australia will go in with their tails up against an unpredictable Sri Lanka.
Australia's bowling attack is their strength and the Jodie Fields-led side showed it against arch-rivals England, when they successfully defended a meagre 147.
The pacers would look to rip through the batting order of their lesser fancied opponents, though their own form with the bat has been a concern.
"We need to work on the batting. We were very disappointed with the total that we posted (against England). It was swinging a little bit earlier but we are a better team than that," said Aussie all-rounder Alexandra Blackwell.
Australia endured a batting collapse and lost half of their side at the score of 32 before being bowled out in 44.4 overs against England.
They lost their top four batswomen, Meg Lanning, Rachael Haynes, Jessica Cameron and Alexandra Blackwell for a paltry score of 27 runs.
An 82-run sixth wicket partnership between Lisa Sthalekar (41) and Sarah Coyte (44) was the highlight of Australia's innings as it helped them post a three digit score.
The teams have met twice in the past with Australia winning on both the occasions but Sri Lanka had never defeated England or India prior to its league matches in the World Cup.
"It is a different bowling line up with Sri Lankans. They have got some quality spinners. Little bit more pace off the ball, from what I have seen. They are a form side. They have some tremendous victories so far in this World Cup. We are certainly not going to take this game lightly," Blackwell has said about the minnows.
First Published: February 9, 2013, 1:27 pm