Southern Stars shine in Sri Lanka

THE Australian women's cricket team, the Southern Stars have started their title defence in style in the ICC Women's Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

The Aussies crushed India by eight wickets in their opening match of the tournament in Galle.

India was restricted to 8-104 with spinner Erin Osborne returning the impressive figures of 3-13 off three overs on her way to winning the player of the match award.

In reply, Meg Lanning (39 from 50 balls) and Alyssa Healy (21 from 15 balls) combined for a 43 run opening partnership before Jess Cameron (36 not out from 32 balls) helped complete the job with 16 balls to spare.

Lanning's innings saw her become the first women to get scores over 30 in five consecutive T20 matches.
Captain Jodie Fields said she was very happy with the performance.

"The three spinners we have here have been around the squad for a couple of years and all know their roles well and I couldn't have asked for anything more from those girls today," she said. "We probably had a few things in the field to improve on, we need to get used to the field as was a bit bumpy at times but our batting was great and we need to take that into the remaining two group games."

Australia's remaining group matches are against Pakistan today and England on Monday.



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