Australia women set record total to claim T20 tri-series
Mumbai: Skipper Meg Lanning's blazing knock helped Australia reach a record total before Megan Schutt led a brilliant bowling performance to beat arch-rivals England by 57 runs in the title clash of the women's T20 tri-series here on Saturday.
Australia rode on a stunning display by Lanning (88 not out) and Elyse Villani (51 of 30 balls) as they amassed 209/4, the highest-ever total in a women's T20 International, surpassing the previous best of 204/1 posted by South Africa against Netherlands in 2010.
The Southern Stars then performed with the ball by restricting England to 152/9, wining the game with ease.
England had a bad start and were teetering at 14/2 with Breynoy Smith and Tamsin Beaumont falling for ducks on a placid track at the Brabourne Stadium. But Opener Danielle Wyatt (34 off 17 balls) made her intentions clear by hitting three boundaries in the very first over. Wyatt was going well and was poised for a big score, but after two consecutive boundaries she failed to get the elevation and gave a sitter to Lanning at cover off Delissa Kimmince, with England struggling at 47/3.
Natalie Sciver (50 off 42 balls) waged a lone battle but that was not enough as the target was well out of their reach.
Wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals as Australian bowlers did not allow the English batters to settle. Jones (30), Wilson (14), Alice Davidson Richards (1), Sophie Ecclestone (2) fell cheaply as England were never in the game.