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AUS­TRALIA skip­per Meg Lan­ning says she never doubted her side would chase down a record tar­get of 258 to beat Sri Lanka and seal a sec­ond suc­ces­sive win at the Women’s Cricket World Cup.

Lan­ning scored an im­pe­ri­ous 152 not out as Aus­tralia raced to 2- 262 in­side 44 overs to win by eight wick­ets.

How­ever, her fine in­nings was over­shad­owed by a bril­liant un­beaten 178 from Sri Lanka’s Chamari Ata­p­attu.

Ata­p­attu was one of only three play­ers in her side to reach dou­ble fig­ures, but struck the high­est- ever score by a fe­male player against Aus­tralia in a record- break­ing knock that in­cluded six sixes and 22 fours.

It was also the high­est pro­por­tion of runs scored by an in­di­vid­ual in a women’s ODI.

“It was a very spe­cial in­nings from Ata­p­attu,” Lan­ning said. “We tried all sorts of dif­fer­ent things to slow her down and get her out but she was too good for us to­day.

“Some of those shots she played were in­cred­i­ble. It was one of the great knocks.

“We were con­fi­dent of chas­ing it down and al­though they got a few more than we would have liked, with our bat­ting line- up and a good wicket we thought we could win.

“Once we set that base, Bolts and I, we knew we’d be able to chase it down.”

New Zealand are Aus­tralia’s next op­po­nents to­mor­row, again at Bris­tol.

BIG HIT­TER: Meg Lan­ning of Aus­tralia bats dur­ing the ICC Women's World Cup.

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