Lanning blasts Australia past Ireland

Australia claimed a 78-run victory over Ireland in the Women’s World Twenty20 match at Sylhet.

Meg Lanning displayed superb form with 126 - the second-highest format score in history - as Australia eased past Ireland in the Women's World Twenty20

Meg Lanning scored 126 off just 65 balls for Australia as they batted first and amassed a total of 191 for four, Delissa Kimmince weighing in with 35.

In reply, Ireland lost a wicket in the second over when Emma Flanagan was dismissed for a duck before they stuttered to 113 for seven from their allocation, Isobel Joyce top-scoring with 28.

Ireland enjoyed an early breakthrough when Alyssa Healy was stumped by Mary Waldron off Eimear Richardson, but that brought Lanning to the crease.

The Australia skipper would completely dominate the innings, blasting 18 fours and four sixes.

Opener Delissa Kimmince played a fine supporting role before being dismissed by Elena Tice – the pick of Ireland’s bowlers with 1-25 from four overs – for 35.

That stand was worth 86 and Lanning proceeded to again score the lion’s share in an 83-run partnership alongside Alex Blackwell, who was run out for 12 after her captain’s mammoth exploits finally ended at the hands of Joyce.

Facing a near impossible task, Ireland needed a couple of batters to go big.

It was therefore frustrating for them to see five players reach double figures, with Joyce’s total the best they could muster.

Having impressed with the bat last time out in the victory over South Africa, Elysse Perry led the way for Australia’s bowlers with 2-17. Erin Osbourne also shone, returning 2-29 – including opener Clare Shillington for 22. 

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