Australia survived a scare to beat Sri Lanka by five wickets and claim their first win of the Women’s T20 World Cup.
Chasing 123, Australia were reduced to 10-3, with Alyssa Healy falling to the second ball of the innings in Perth.
A stand of 95 between Rachael Haynes (60) and captain Meg Lanning (41 not out) helped spare the defending champions’ blushes as they won with three balls remaining.
Sri Lanka made 122-6 with captain Chamari Atapattu getting 50.
After being stunned in their opening game by India, Australia were expected to breeze past Sri Lanka, but it was far from easy with the bat.
While Lanning and Haynes produced a fine recovery job – helped by negative field settings from Sri Lanka – they will know their batting is not where it needs to be.
They will likely need to win their next two games against Bangladesh and New Zealand to be sure of a place in the semi-finals.
Lanning told BBC Sport she was “relieved” to get the victory against Sri Lanka after being “nervous” at 10-3.
“Rachael Haynes was excellent today. She really took the game on and took the pressure off me.”