Meg Lanning: "Nice to get a win. We just needed to build a partnership and gets the scoreboard moving. Luckily we were chasing only 120 odd. Certainly a nice feeling to have a win on board, especially after having an unsettling start with the bat. The crowd were amazing today, helped us get over the line."
Chamari Atapattu: "I tried to play my natural game but unfortunately got out. If I had stayed for three or four more overs, definitely I could have changed the game. We were pumped up after the three wickets but unfortunately in the last over we lost."
Rachael Haynes wins it for her 60-run knock: "It was actually much easier batting out there. I couldn't watch the bit after I got out. We had to buckle down and stitch a partnership to get us on top. The ball was sliding on, so the spin wasn't a part while I got in. It was not swinging as much when I got out in the middle."
Normal traffic as Australia turn up victorious, though not before having a scare. Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning's 95-run partnership dug them out of a hole, with the former hitting a match-winning half century. They again had a scare towards the end before Lanning saw them home.
Sri Lanka's fight started with Udeshika Prabodhani's spell. She sent back the Aussie top order pretty early but it wasn't to be. Shashikala Siriwardene also picked up a couple of wickets to keep them in the hunt but it wasn't to be. Presentation to follow...
Australia 123/5 in 19.3 overs, won by five wickets.
Ellyse Perry first glides one past the keeper for a couple before flicking one through mid-wicket for a brace to seal the deal for Australia. Sri Lanka, though, deserve credit for the fight they put up.
Australia 118/5 in 18.5 overs, need 5 more.
Castled! Chamari Atapattu fires one in line of the stumps. Nicola Carey looks to smash it over the on side, misses. Cleaned up.
Australia 115/4 in 18 overs, need 8 more.
Shashikala Siriwardene would consider herself unlucky. Anushka Sanjeewani dropped a catch of Meg Lanning and then she hit a four. On the last ball, she was hit for a four by Nicola Carey as well.
Australia 105/4 in 17.1 overs, need 18 more.
Shashikala Siriwardene tosses one up outside off, Rachael Haynes charges down the track but misses it completely to get stumped.
Australia 105/3 in 17 overs, need 18 more.
Rachael Haynes could win a lottery today. Because she offered the easiest of chances to long on, who has grassed it. Kavisha Dilhari never looked like taking that one. Chamari Atapattu the unlucky bowler.
Australia 97/3 in 16 overs, need 26 in 24.
Rachael Haynes gets to her third T20I fifty off just 43 balls. She slinks down the track and tonks Sugandhika Kumari for a massive six over deep mid-wicket. On the next ball, she repeats the shot but it goes longer. Now it's Australia's game, very much.
Australia 79/3 in 15 overs, need 44 in 30.
Rachael Haynes is looking good for a fifty and she is pretty much in between Sri Lanka and a win. That the Lankans gave her a life could perhaps come back to bite them...
Australia 64/3 in 13 overs, need 59 in 42.
Umesha Timashini drops Rachael Haynes. The southpaw charged down against Chamari Atapattu and mistimed it towards mid-on. Timashini jumped but the ball burst through her hands. Sri Lanka's fielding not helping their cause...
Australia 45/3 in 10 overs, need 78 in 60.
Sri Lanka almost got their fourth wicket, when Rachael Haynes was given the marching orders. But she used the DRS to her rescue and it was seen that she had got some bat.
Along with Meg Lanning, she is keeping Australia in the hunt as the duo have added 35 together already.
Meanwhile, Shelley Nitschke, Australia's assistant coach has a chat with Alan Wilkins: "I'm quite confident of these two out there. A good review by Haynes, but we've settled nicely after losing three wickets. I think it's important to try and relax because there tends to be tension around the dugout. We try and keep it pretty calm. We have Ellyse Perry sitting with her pads on, Jess Jonassen and Nicola Carey... So they're quite okay. Little bit nervous but will try and keep them calm."
Australia 27/3 in 7 overs, need 96 in 78.
Australia have seen off Udeshika Prabodhani's spell: 4-0-17-2. Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes are now rebuilding the innings, with the former getting into her groove nicely.
That's a serious spell from Prabodani, who finishes with 2-17 from her 4. Her skipper called her the 'silent killer' yesterday.. that's why #T20WorldCup— Laura Jolly (@JollyLauz18) February 24, 2020
Australia 10/3 in 3.2 overs, need 113 more.
Australia are perhaps going to miss out on their own house party. Beth Mooney is the latest to walk back to the dugout. She slinks down the track against Shashikala Siriwardene's spin, only to miss it completely. Anushka Sanjeewani behind the wickets does the rest.
Australia 8/2 in 2.5 overs, need 115 more.
Another in-swinger, another clean bowled. This time, Ashleigh Gardner fails to adjust to the one that came in and loses her woodwork. Australia in strife.
Australia 0/1 in 0.2 overs.
"Udeshika Prabodhani has delivered gold," exclaims Alan Wilkins on air. It was the perfect length by the left-armer, it curved in just that little bit. Alyssa Healy couldn't adjust for the late movement and ends up being castled for a duck.
Sri Lanka's innings first was about Atapattu and then it was about others. While the skipper was in the middle, they seemed on course to make a score that could be challenging. There were no demons on the WACA pitch and it still looks big for runs. Atapattu was hitting it cleanly and made her second T20I fifty as well, both against Australia.
But her fall enabled Australia to come back into the game. Led by two wickets each by Nicola Carey and Molly Strano, they punctured the Lankan innings to keep them to a very low score. Should be an easy chase for them. See you on the other side shortly.
Nicola Carey speaks to Isa Guha after the innings: "I have spent a lot of time watching World Cup games, so feels good to play one. We know Chamari Atapattu is capable of taking games away but it's nice to keep them down to 122. We tried bowling full and not let them get under it. We look forward to get out there as it looks like a pretty good track."
Sri Lanka 122/6 in 20 overs.
Just four runs came in the final over and included the wicket of Nilakshi de Silva. On the last ball, Alyssa Healy missed running Harshitha Madavi out, not collecting the throw from long on.
Sri Lanka 118/5 in 19 overs.
Nilakshi de Silva hit a couple of fours off Molly Strano. First, she got to the pitch of the ball and hit it over extra covers for a one-bounce four. Then, she swept one powerfully through square leg for another four. 12 runs off the penultimate over.
Sri Lanka 101/5 in 16.4 overs.
Anushka Sanjeewani looked to go big but ended up offering a catch to Delissa Kimmince at mid-wicket. She went for 25.
Ama Kanchana, sent to use the long handle, then fell for a two-ball duck, slogging one straight to Ellyse Perry at deep square leg.
Sri Lanka 99/3 in 16 overs.
After the departure of Chamari Atapattu, Anushka Sanjeewani and Nilakshi de Silva haven't really been able to force the pace. They have managed just eight runs in the last two overs, including one from spinner Molly Strano.
Sri Lanka 91/3 in 14 overs.
Chamari Atapattu got to her second half century in T20Is off just 37 balls. She looked good throughout the knock and it appeared as if Australia will have a tall score ahead of him.
But on the last ball of the 14th over, she hit one straight to Meg Lanning at covers off Nicola Carey to depart for 50.
Sri Lanka 76/2 in 12 overs.
There was a chance to run Anushka Sanjeewani out, thanks to some confusion in the running. She tapped one to the off side and stayed put. But Chamari Atapattu wanted a run and she was almost there. Sanjeewani HAD TO run. She did so. Meanwhile, Alyssa Healy got to the ball and threw it on the bounce to Megan Schutt, who fluffed it.
Sri Lanka 68/2 in 11 overs.
Alan Wilkins has a chat with Harsha de Silva, Sri Lanka's coach, who says, "I think the par score will be between 140 and 150. I think we came in with a plan, our bowlers did their job to keep them to a good square. Against New Zealand we were around 90/2 in the 12th over but the middle order didn't contribute. We can see a big growth of women's cricket in the Asian countries. We're happy with the progress Sri Lanka has made."
Sri Lanka 63/2 in 10 overs.
This has been a good half for Sri Lanka, who have been continued to power ahead by Chamari Atapattu. Anushka Sanjeewani also got a couple of fortunate fours off Ashleigh Gardner.
Molly Strano on now... Seventh bowler for Australia.
Sri Lanka 49/2 in 8 overs.
Chamari Atapattu gets going, truly. She gets a length ball from Delissa Kimmince. She smashes it high and long over long off for half a dozen. Moves to 27 in 23 balls.
Sri Lanka 38/2 in 7 overs.
Umesha Thimashini's promising knock comes to an end. She looks to over mid-off but the bat turns in her hand as she hits it. Ends up skying it and Jess Jonassen takes a couple of steps ahead and takes it comfortably. Thimashini goes for 20 off 19.
Sri Lanka 32/1 in 6 overs.
Sri Lanka have had a decent power play. The initial looks of Umesha Thimashini looks very promising. She looks compact and has played crisp strokes to move to 19 off just 16 balls.
At the other end, Chamari Atapattu is on 12 off 17, though she is itching to hit the Aussies out, apart from cheering her partner.
Sri Lanka 16/1 in 3 overs.
Chamari Atapattu has began her thing against Australia. First up, she gets a length ball from Megan Schutt from over the wicket. She gets inside the lines and just flicks it over square leg, a la Sanath Jayasuriya. A ball later, she gets the desired width and thrashes it almost for a biggie over covers.
Sri Lanka 8/1 in 2 overs.
After a wicket-maiden, Umesha Thimashini gets a couple of fours in the second over. First, she gets a thick outside edge well past Meg Lanning at slip. Next up, she drives Ellyse Perry on the up, past her for another boundary.
Sri Lanka 0/1 in 0.3 over.
Three-ball duck for Hasini Perera. She looks to exploit the fielding restrictions and looks to go over the off side. Mistimes it only for Beth Mooney to back-track from point and take it comfortably. Early wicket for Megan Schutt, who is back to her wicket-taking ways.
"It'll suit Sri Lanka as the conditions are akin to Colombo or Galle," says Alan Wilkins on air as the teams make their way out for the national anthems. Perth witnessed rains and hailstorms earlier in the day. We could have some interruptions due to to the weather. Right now, everybody except the Australians would be waiting in anticipation of the Chamari Atapattu storm...
Mel Jones looks at the 22 yards that matter and says, "It's a hard deck, that's two pitches across the one yesterday. The humidity is high which means the ball is gonna swing. The bowlers should pitch up. I can see some footmarks, which means spinners will have something in it for them."
Heads calls Atapattu, Sri Lanka will bat first.
Chamari Atapattu: "I'm pretty confident about our batting unit. We'll try and play our positive cricket with courage. We have one change, Achini Koolasuriya and Umesha Thimashini comes in. We'll try to play our normal game freely."
Meg Lanning: "We were going to have a bowl. I don't think it really matters. The track will be the same throughout the day. Obviously it's a massive game for us. Looks like a typical WACA wicket with a bit of grass. Nicola Carey in, Annabel Sutherland out for us."
Australia: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Molly Strano, Megan Schutt
Sri Lanka: Hasini Perera, Chamari Atapattu (c), Umesha Thimashini, Anushka Sanjeewani (wk), Harshitha Madavi, Shashikala Siriwardene, Nilakshi de Silva, Ama Kanchana, Kavisha Dilhari, Sugandika Kumari, Udeshika Prabodhani
Whooosh! I'm currently heaving a sigh of relief because it's not raining in Perth as I type this. Not sure it will be this way throughout the day there because the forecast has intermittent rain for the day there. What's more, after the Australia-Sri Lanka match, India and Bangladesh also have a game to play at the same venue. All the more worrying signs, perhaps.
Talking about this match first, Chamari Atapattu is always in focus when Sri Lanka play Australia. The hosts, for all you know, could be one Atapattu knock away from making an early exit from the tourney. With Shashikala Siriwardene announcing that this would be her last international series, the Asian team would all-the-more want to give her a memorable send-off. But will the weather relent? We'll find that out soon. This is S. Sudarshanan with you for the game and then the next that will follow. Welcome to our coverage and let's start the joyride!