Tri-series: England women’s rout Australia by eight wickets in a T20I clash
England women thrashed Australia by eight wickets in the second match of the ongoing Tri-Nation series. They secured a convincing win while overhauling the Southern Stars’ target of 150 in 17 overs with 18 balls to spare.
Australian skipper Rachael Haynes used seven bowlers but without much of a success. However, they have won their opener against India.
England’s innings included five extras; three byes, one leg bye and a solitary wide respectively.
English opening batter Bryony Smith was dismissed early on alongside Danielle Wyatt.
Bryony was dismissed on after facing five balls. Alyssa Healy affected a stumping of the 20-year-old on the bowling of Megan Schutt in the very second over of England innings.
However, the top-order batswomen Tammy Beaumont and Natalie Sciver struck a fine half-century each.
Both right-handed professionals kept England’s scoreboard ticking in the shortest version of the game.
With this comfortable win, England has also opened their points tally of the T20I series.
Wicketkeeper-batter remained unbeaten on 44-ball 58. She struck eight fours in her effective knock.
On the other side, Sciver led from the front to plunder runs at will. She smashed 68 off just 43 balls. Her innings was comprised of 10 boundaries and two maximums.
Wyatt stepped to the gas with two boundaries and a six before her innings was cut short by Delissa Kimmince. She faced ten deliveries for her 18 before being clean bowled.
Earlier, batting first, Australian women had a decent start as their openers post 26 in 3.5 overs. They posted 149 for eight which was not going to be enough for the strong force England.
Despite the resistance from the skipper, England bowlers shone on the occasion. Haynes scored 65 off 45 balls. She struck eight fours and a six.
Moreover, opener Healy faced 23 balls for her 31, as Ashleigh Gardner tried to steady the ship with 16-ball 28. Her innings saw three boundaries and two sixes.
The 31-year-old medium pacer Jenny Gunn was the pick of the bowlers for England. Her figures read three for 26 in fours overs.
Sciver also delivered with the ball. She bagged two scalps after conceding 29 runs in three overs.
Danielle Hazell also picked the wicket of all-rounder Ellyse Perry (2 off 3).
Nicola Carey was handed over a T20I debut. She scores a run in two balls, before conceding 19 in her two overs.
Congrats Nicola Carey, T20 cap number 49 ? pic.twitter.com/CTWZ2fu1gq
— Australian Women's Cricket Team ? (@SouthernStars) March 23, 2018
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