Lanning stars as Australia defeat Ireland
IRELAND WOMEN were on the receiving end of a record breaking knock by Australian skipper Meg Lanning who led her side to a convincing 78 run win - a record margin in women's T20 cricket.
Lanning's 126 from 65 balls (18 fours, 4 sixes) was the highest individual score in women's Twenty20 history, as Australia racked up an imposing 191 for 4 - another record for the competition.
It was a familiar story in the field for Ireland, who dropped Lanning three times, which allowed the 22 year-old - the youngest player to captain an Australian side - to take full advantage as she pumelled the Irish attack to all parts of the picturesque Sylhet International Stadium.
Lanning pulled and drove with imperious power, entertaining the 3,300 crowd who gave her a standing ovation as she became only the third woman to score a T20 international century - passing 1000 runs in the shortest format of the game in the process.
Lanning eventually perished from the penultimate ball of the innings, caught by Delany at fine leg, but by that stage the damage was well and truly done.
She shared an 86 run second-wicket partnership with opener Delissa Kimmince (35) following the stumping of Alyssa Healy by Mary Waldron off the bowling of Eimear Richardson with the score on 21 for 1. She then thoroughly dominated a third wicket stand of 83 with Alex Blackwell, who contributed a run a ball 12.
Elena Tice (1-25) was the pick of the Irish attack, while the other wicket takers were Isobel Joyce (1-32) and Eimear Richardson (1-50).
Ireland never threatened such a daunting total, but to their credit batted sensibly to eventually finish on 113 for 7.
Emma Flanagan fell cheaply, but Clare Shillington (22) and Isobel Joyce (28) added 48 for the second wicket.
Elena Tice made a breezy 19 from 15 balls, while there were also double figure contributions from Melissa Scott-Hayward and Cecelia Joyce, who both made 11.
Ireland are next in action on Saturday when they take on South Africa, while their Group fixtures conclude against Pakistan on Monday.
- Isobel Joyce bowling
- Delissa Kimmince scored 35
- Eimear Richardson takes the return
- Eimear Richardson bowling
- Alyssa Healy stumped by Mary Waldron
- Delighted Eimear Richardson
- Australia opener Delissa Kimmince
- 14 year-old Lucy O'Reilly
- Diving stop by Lucy O'Reilly
- Elena Tice appeals for lbw
- Meg Lanning edges past Mary Waldron
- Isobel Joyce in jovial mood
- Elena Tice exasperated
- Wide signalled by Billy Bowden
- Meg Lanning drives wide of Laura Delany
- Elena Tice bowling
- Catch for Cecelia Joyce
- Cecelia Joyce celebrates catching Kimmince
- Louise McCarthy waits on the return
- Boundary for Meg Lanning
- Another boundary for Meg Lanning - she hit 18 in total
- Runs for Alex Blackwell
- Alex Blackwell congratulates Meg Lanning on her century
- Lucy O'Reilly bowling to Blackwell
- Meg Lanning who scored 126
- Meg Lanning dropped by Eimear Richardson
- Lofted by Emma Flanagan
- Jess Janassen congratulated on taking the wicket
- Jess Jonassen bowling
- On driven by Isobel Joyce
- Julie Hunter bowling
- Clare Shillington avoids a short ball
- Bily Bowden signals a free hit
- Julie Hunter bowled well
- Reverse sweep from Clare Shillington
- Huge appeal for lbw by Erin Osborne
- Guided away by Clare Shillington
- Sarah Coyte bowling
- Boundary for Melissa Scott-Hayward
- Tennis style shot from Isobel Joyce
- Reverse sweep from Melissa Scott-Hayward
- Melissa Scott Hayward is run out
- Ellyse Perry bowling
- Isobel Joyce is run out
- Julie Hunter and Jess Jonassen celebrate
- All smiles after the run out
- Cecelia Joyce batting
- Runs for Elena Tice
- Swept by Eimear Richardson
- Improvisation from Elena Tice
- Healy celebrates as Elena Tice is bowled
- Louise McCarthy cuts straight to point
- Last ball is pulled for four by Mary Waldron
- Robin Walsh with the Aussie coach
- Robin Walsh and Suzanne Kenealy
- Meg Lanning receives the Player of the Match award
- Player of the Match Meg Lanning
- Robin Walsh with Meg Lanning
- Meg Lanning who scored 126