Australia skipper Meg Lanning was in full reward of the ‘positive performances’ proven by Beth Mooney and Annabel Sutherland in serving to the six-time champions win their ultimate league match in ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup towards Bangladesh.
Chasing 136, Australia had been in hassle at 70/5. But Mooney made a combating 66 not out and shared a stand of 65 with Sutherland (26 not out) to take their workforce over the road. “Certainly the situations had been the toughest I’ve performed in. It was freezing chilly. Today was about discovering a approach by way of it and win,” said Lanning after the match.
“Bangladesh played really well and put us under pressure. It was a positive performance from Mooney and Sutherland to take us over the line at the end. It was about how dark it was, if Darcie Brown was bowling at that time, it would’ve been hard to see.”
Lanning had some phrases of appreciation for Sutherland, the younger tempo all-rounder. “To be capable of discover a approach with the bat, Annabel Sutherland a younger participant to return in and play beneath strain to get us residence was actually vital. To be capable of work our approach by way of that was fairly spectacular and we are going to take that win.”
Meg, who turned 30 on Friday, believes Australia will rest for some days before preparing for the semi-finals. “I’m not sure, it is a bit cold and windy, not sure if anyone wants to come to the birthday party. I might be pretty quiet but it’s nice to get to the end of the group stage playing good cricket, we will rest for a couple of days and then look forward to the semis.”
Mooney, who was named ‘Player of the Match’ for forging one other rescue act for Australia, felt adapting to the scenario was the important thing for her. “Adapting to the scenario in entrance of me, Rachael and I speak about it on a regular basis, actual problem batting at 4 and 5 whereas opening you understand what you’ll get. It is tough at instances, however fortunately I’m enjoying on this Australian workforce which is fairly elite – I don’t need to do an entire lot on the finish.”
Mooney was also delighted with how Sutherland performed with bat and ball against Bangladesh. “She is an intelligent cricketer in her own right. She read the game and played accordingly. She has got the skill set to play in this Australian team for a long time. Honestly she could play as a batter or a bowler here. She is progressing nicely.”
Mooney signed off by saying that Bangladesh performed effectively regardless of assembly them for the primary time in ODIs. “It was actually powerful, we had been discussing it on the market, definitely we wouldn’t have bowled Darcie if we had been on the market. They bowled extraordinarily effectively and put us beneath the pump.”
“Learning on the job in this case, we have played them in the T20 World Cup in 2020, we had a little bit of intel. They are quite versatile as well; their leggies bowl a bit of offies as well which is difficult for a left-hander. Little bit of analysis on their bowlers helped.”
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