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Meg Lanning Creates A World Record In The First Women’s T20I Match Against England Women 

Meg Lanning Creates A World Record In The First Women’s T20I Match Against England Women
Meg Lanning (Image Credit: Google)

On last Friday (26th July), Australian women’s captain Meg Lanning created a world record in Women’s T20I cricket after registering the highest individual score in Women’s T20I history.

It was the first game of the three-match Women’s T20I of the ongoing Women’s Ashes 2019 between England Women and Australia Women at Chelmsford. It was the must-win game for England Women to save the Women’s Ashes 2019 but suffered a record-margin defeat.

Meg Lanning, Women's T20I
Australia women’s national cricket team (Image Credit: Google)

After winning the toss, the host captain Heather Knight decided to bowl first. While the opener Alyssa Healy lost her wicket in the very first over of the match, another opener Beth Mooney controlled that innings along with the captain Meg Lanning.

They had an incredible 134-run partnership for the second wicket. While Mooney scored 54 runs off 33 balls (8 fours and 1 six), Lanning was unstoppable with the bat.

Meg Lanning scored an unbeaten 133-run off 63 balls

The Aussie captain completed her second T20I century in just 51 balls. Continuing her aggressive batting, Lanning remained not out on 133 runs off only 63 balls. She hit 17 fours and 7 sixes in that fantastic innings.

Meg Lanning, Women's T20I
Meg Lanning (Image Credit: Google)

In the last over of that innings, Lanning surpassed the previous record of 126 runs and became the highest individual run-scorer in Women’s T20I history. The former record-holders were Meg Lanning (126 against Ireland Women at Sylhet on 27th March 2014) and the Netherlands opener Sterre Kallis (126* against Germany Women at Cartagena on 27th June 2019).

Finally, Australia Women scored 226/3 in 20 overs. It is their highest total in Women’s T20I history.

Chasing down that big target, England Women only managed to score 133/9 in 20 overs. Only Lauren Winfield crossed the 30-run mark in that innings as she scored 33 runs. Meanwhile, Katherine Brunt (29), Natalie Sciver (28) and Laura Marsh (25) were the only other batters to cross the double-digits.

Among the visiting bowlers, pacers Megan Schutt (3/25) and Ellyse Perry (2/11) were the bowlers who claimed more than one wicket.

Australia Women won this match by 93 runs. It was the third-largest T20I victory (by runs) for Australia Women. On the other hand, it was also the largest T20I defeat (by runs) for England Women.

With this victory, Australia Women’s have taken the unassailable lead in the Women’s Ashes 2019 points table. Before the last two T20I matches of this tournament, Australia Women’s are leading by the 8-2 points margin.

The records of this match:

i) Australian Women’s captain Meg Lanning registered the highest individual score in Women’s T20I history after scoring 133*. The previous record holders were Meg Lanning (126 against Ireland Women at Sylhet on 27th March 2014) and the Netherlands opener Sterre Kallis (126* against Germany Women at Cartagena on 27th June 2019).

ii) Australia Women managed their highest T20I total after managing to score 226/3 (20 overs). Their previous record was 209/4 (20 overs) against England Women at Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) on 31st March 2018.

iii) England Women lost this match by 93 runs. It is their largest defeat (by runs) in Women’s T20I history. England Women’s previous largest defeat was by 57 runs against Australia Women at Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) on 31st March 2018.

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