2017 ICC Women’s World Cup: England vs Australia – Australia Handed First Defeat In A Thrilling Way
England’s women snatched a thrilling victory against Australia Women in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup on Sunday at County Ground (Bristol). Katherine Brunt and Jenny Gunn played a major role for England Women in this 3-run victory.
England Women decided to bat first after winning the toss and made 259/8 at the end of 50 overs. In reply, Australia Women fell just 3 runs short as they managed to score 256/8 at the end of 50 overs.
After opting to bat first, England did not make a good start as their opener Lauren Winfield was eliminated for just 1 run. However, another opener Tammy Beaumont and no. 3 batswoman Sarah Taylor managed to recover from an early blow. Apart from the skipper Heather Knight (2 runs), all the top and middle-order batswomen got the good starts but failed to capitalise on those, that’s why nobody could play big innings. Sarah Taylor went for 35 runs while Beaumont (49 runs) missed her half-century for just one run.
Two middle-order batters Natalie Sciver and Danielle Wyatt were dismissed on 29 and 27 respectively as England Women were struggling on 174/6 during 38th over. After that, Katherine Brunt and Jenny Gunn took the responsibility to make a respected total for England Women. Brunt remained unbeaten for 45 runs off 43 balls while Gunn scored 39 runs off 42 balls before she was stumped out in the final over of the innings. They put an important 85-run partnership for the seventh wicket.
In the Aussie bowling line-up, Elyse Villani (3/42) took 3 wickets while Kristen Beams (2/44) claimed 2 wickets. Apart from these, Jess Jonassen (1/51), Megan Schutt (1/41) and Ashleigh Gardner (1/41) picked up one wicket each while only Ellyse Perry (0/31) remained wicket-less. Whatever, Australian Women should be disappointed to allow the English team to get past 250 runs as they conceded 23 wides (total extras = 32) during that innings.
In reply, Australian Women failed to create any real big partnerships because wickets were falling regularly. Ellyse Perry guided her team in at an important time as she scored 70 runs while skipper Meg Lanning was dismissed in the crucial situation after scoring 40 runs. Some slow efforts, especially in the middle of the innings, put the additional pressures for the team in the crucial time, which could not be handled by the middle order batswomen.
In the resulting situation, unavailability of a set batswomen on the pitch took the match from Australia Women’s hands. In the final over, Australia Women needed 16 runs for the victory but they only managed 12 runs in that over.
Alex Hartley was the best bowler for England Women who ended with a figure of 2/31. Brunt (2/42) and Gunn (2/54) also made the major impact in their bowling as both of them grabbed two wickets each.
After a long 24-year wait, England Women finally clinched a victory against Australia Women in the ICC Women’s World Cup match. Before this meeting, last time England Women beat them in the 1993 ICC Women’s World Cup (by 43 runs at Guildford on 26th July 1993). Since then, they met six times in this tournament before this encounter.
Brief Scores: England Women – 259/8 in 50 overs (Tammy Beaumont 49, Katherine Brunt 45*, Elyse Villani 3/42) vs Australia Women – 256/8 in 50 overs (Ellyse Perry 70, Meg Lanning 40, Alex Hartley 2/31)
Result – England Women won by 3 runs
Player of the match – Katherine Brunt (England Women)
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