The Southern Stars are the reigning T20 World Champions and will look to make it 4 in a row when they head off to India for the 2016 ICC Women's World Twenty20. The tournament runs from 18th March - 3 April.
19 Feb 2016 - 3:36 PM  UPDATED 4 Apr 2016 - 7:44 AM
Friday 25 Mar 2016

Australia crushed Sri Lanka by nine wickets in Delhi but their bid for a fourth straight women's World Twenty20 title could yet be scuppered before the semi-finals.

Australia are favoured to bank a third victory at the tournament when they face winless minnows Ireland in their final pool fixture, which starts at 9pm AEDT on Saturday.

If South Africa manage to topple New Zealand and Sri Lanka they will also finish the pool stage with three wins, as will NZ.

The Southern Stars' run-rate is currently inferior to both sides, meaning they're still very much at risk of elimination.

"Every game we play now is like a World Cup final, so we can't afford to drop the ball," opener Elyse Villani said after starring in her side's win over Sri Lanka.

The Southern Stars were dealt a reality check by New Zealand earlier this week; the six-wicket loss all but ensuring they wouldn't top their pool.

Villani and Meg Lanning responded in the best possible way on Thursday, posting unbeaten half-centuries in a 98-run stand.

Sri Lanka compiled a total of 8-123 that could have been tricky if the Southern Stars suffered their third top-order collapse in as many matches.

Instead Lanning and Villani dominated Sri Lanka's attack in the first T20 meeting between the two sides, bringing up the winning runs with 14 balls spare.

"We didn't really talk about the net run-rate ... if need be we'll worry about that next game," Villani said.

"We just sort of took ownership and we just really wanted to finish the game in that partnership.

"We weren't worried about the net run-rate."

You wouldn't know it based on way Villani struck the ball, belting nine fours as she powered to 50 in 36 balls.

It was a timely return to form for Villani, who totalled four runs from her previous two digs at the event.

"I just gave myself a little bit more time," the opener said, having been named player of the match after finishing 53 not out.

"Every member of the batting unit was very disappointed with those starts in the last two games.

"Not much was said to be honest because I think it was pretty obvious that it was well below par.

"It was about backing ourselves, playing with freedom."

Alyssa Healy was the only wicket to fall, bowled by left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera.

Healy impressed with the gloves after Sri Lanka won the toss, completing two sharp stumpings.

Tweakers Kristen Beams, Jess Jonassen and Erin Osborne claimed four of six wickets to fall in Sri Lanka's innings.

"It looked like we were chasing 140 or 150 at one stage, our bowlers did a good job," Lanning said.

Thursday 24 Mar 2016

The Southern Stars are looking to bounce back after a heavy defeat against our nearest cricketing neighbours New Zealand at Nagpur's Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium. The White Ferns breezed to a six-wicket victory with 22 balls remaining.

Tonight, Meg Lanning's side is in Delhi to face Sri Lanka and fight for the top of Group A.

The match will be televised live on Fox Sports 3 from 9pm (AEST)

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The Southern Stars are the reigning T20 World Champions and will look to make it 4 in a row when they head off to India for the 2016 ICC Women's World Twenty20. The tournament runs from 18th March - 3 April.

Ellyse Perry on the Southern Stars 6 wicket loss to New Zealand
Ellyse Perry spoke to media following Australia’s six wicket loss to the New Zealand White Ferns at Jamtha Stadium in Nagpur on Monday. It's a wake-up call for the Southern Stars

Wednesday 23 Mar 2016

Australia have bounced back from losses at the women's World Twenty20 in the past and will do so again, according to batter Beth Mooney.

New Zealand, the side considered most likely to deny the Southern Stars a fourth straight T20 title, strolled to a six-wicket win in a trans-Tasman clash earlier this week in Nagpur.

Australia need to trump Sri Lanka on Thursday (9pm AEDT) to shore up their place in the World T20 semi-finals.

It will be the side's inaugural T20 meeting with Sri Lanka but the situation is far from unchartered territory.

The Southern Stars dropped pool games at the 2012 and 2014 World T20 events but progressed to the knock-out phase and delivered their best when it mattered most.

Mooney, who finished 15 not out and was one of four players to make it to double figures in the recent loss to NZ, is confident the Southern Stars can turn things around quickly again.

"We've had bumps along the road in previous World Cups, so it's not really an issue for us," Mooney told AAP.

"If anything it's a good motivation for us to do really well in the next couple of games, really make a statement.

"We can get knocked down once but that'll be it for the rest of the tournament.

"We'll be bigger and better next game."

Mooney suggested the squad remained in good spirits, having quickly turned their attention to remaining pool clashes with Sri Lanka and Ireland in Delhi.

"It's important to let losses like that go as quickly as you can," she said.

"You take what you can out of it. We'll find things to work on but we're now focused on Sri Lanka."

Mooney is one of few players in Australia's squad with an idea of what to expect from Sri Lanka's spinners.

"I don't think a lot of the players in the squad have played them much. I'm quite lucky, I've been on a couple of Shooting Stars tours to Sri Lanka," the 22-year-old said.

"Hopefully I can use that to my advantage if I get the opportunity and pass on some knowledge as well."

Meanwhile, the team took some time out to spend it with locals.

 

 

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