An impressive 225-minute partnership between Alyssa Healy and skipper Meg Lanning, followed by disciplined and collective bowling, helped Australia to a 1-0 lead in the ODI series against the West Indies on Thursday, September 5th.
The Australian women played their first ODI game in the Caribbean and had a bad start when opening match Rachael Haynes was dismissed by Shamilia Connell in the first ball of the inning. What followed was a thoroughly dominating performance of the visitors, as centuries of wicket keeper Dough Healy and Captain Lanning drove Australia to a mammoth 308/4 in 50 Overs.
Century for Alyssa Healy, off just 94 balls!— ICC (@ICC) September 5, 2019
She's helped Australia to a dominant position after they lost Rachael Haynes to the first delivery of the innings.
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While Healy (122) recorded her second ODI century, Lanning (121), the fastest cricketer (male or female), reached 13 ODI centuries. The 27-year-old reached the mark in just 76 innings and surpassed the South African batsman Hashim Amla, whose first 13 ODI tons came from 83 innings.
Lanning also outperformed Alex Blackwell’s record of 3,492 ODI races and was the third highest female scorer in the ODI cricket behind Belinda Clark and Karen Rolton. The 225-barrel stand was Australia’s second highest wicket in ODIs after the 244 runs Karen Rolton and Lisa Sthalekar made in Dublin in 2005 against Ireland.
As for the hosts, after three of the four best batters left without disturbing the scorers, the target was precariously placed 8: 3 in the second round and out of reach. Their innings had an identical start to that of Australia when Natasha McLean was caught in the first ball of the chase by Megan Rubble.