Confident Australia run into Lankans

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 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 and Sri Lanka 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 the 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.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, would like to continue their dream run and try to dent the World Cup hopes of a few more top teams. The island nation has become a force to reckon with after stunning England and hosts India.

The Lankans would now look to bounce back from their defeat against New Zealand in their Super Six opener.

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