Australia, New Zealand register wins
Minnows Sri Lanka caused the biggest upset of the ICC Women's World Cup as they defeated defending champions England by one wicket off a last-ball six in a thrilling Group A encounter at the Brabourne Stadium here on Friday.
After drawing level with England off the penultimate ball, Sri Lanka's Dulani Manodara pulled Georgia Elwiss over mid-wicket for a superb six to complete their first-ever win over their rivals in any form of the game. Chasing 239 for a win, the Lankans got off to a flying start with a record century partnership between Chamari Athapaththu and Yasoda Mendis.
The left-right opening combination of Atapaththu (62 in 72 balls) and Yasoda (46 in 98 balls) laid the foundation of the Lankan run chase. Catherine Brunt and Georgia Elwiss shared the four wickets to fall in their second spells to bring England back. Earlier, England recovered from a dismal start to their campaign and posted a competitive total. At 29 for 3, Arran Brindle (31) and Heather Knight (38) steadied the England innings with a partnership of 64 for the fourth wicket in 100 balls.Australian beat Pakistan
Title contenders Australia started their campaign in a confident manner whipping Pakistan by 91 runs in their group B league opener. Opting to bat first, Australian women could manage only 175 in 46.1 overs on a slow Barabati Stadium track but then bowled with a lot of purpose to skittle Pakistan out for a paltry 84 in 33.2 overs. Veteran all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar contributed an useful 32 and then bowled nine overs of controlled off-breaks to grab two for 19. Another notable performer was Sarah Coyte who took three wickets and scored 35 runs.
New Zealand crush South Africa
Sophie Devine hit a quickfire century as New Zealand thrashed South Africa by 150 runs in their opening Group 'B' match in Cuttack.
Devine struck an aggressive 131-ball 145 to help New Zealand post 320 for five after being sent into bat. Defending the total, left-arm pacer Siam Ruck (4/31), spinner Morna Nielsen (3/34) and Lea Tahuhu (2/27) starred with the ball to help Black Caps bundle out the Proteas for 170 runs.PTI