Alyssa Healy smashes world record T20 century as Aussies thrash Sri Lanka



October 02, 2019 17:58:37

Alyssa Healy has set a world record for the highest score in women’s Twenty20 cricket, as Australia thrashed Sri Lanka by 132 runs to wrap up a series clean sweep at North Sydney Oval.

Key points:

  • Alyssa Healy posted an unbeaten 148 of just 61 deliveries against Sri Lanka
  • Healy broke the previous world record set by teammate Meg Lanning with a six in the 19th over
  • Australia is chasing a 3-0 series clean sweep at North Sydney Oval

Healy batted through the innings to end unbeaten on 148 off just 61 balls, helping Australia post a mammoth 2-226 from its 20 overs.

The opener reached the world record with a six in the penultimate over, eclipsing teammate Meg Lanning’s previous mark of 133 set against England only two months ago.

«It was just one of those days where everything seemed to come out of the middle, so I’ll take that,» Healy told Fox Cricket.

Having celebrated her 100th T20 international two days ago, Healy comfortably passed her previous personal best of 90.

Opener Healy was at her free-flowing best on Wednesday as she scored the fastest T20 half-century by an Australian, and the second quickest ton in women’s international T20 matches.

Healy brought up her 50 off 25 balls, and then motored to her ton off just 46 deliveries with a swashbuckling knock studded with 19 boundaries and seven sixes.

Australia raced to 100 in the 11th over for the loss of opening match centurion Beth Mooney (14).

A 109-run second wicket partnership finally came to an end when Rachael Haynes departed for 41 off the bowling of Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu (2-27), but there was no respite as Healy maintained her assault.

Sri Lanka struggled to make any impression with the bat in its run chase, with the tourists making 7-94 off 20 overs.

Nicola Carey was the best of the Australian bowlers with figures of 3-15, while Megan Schutt (1-8), Georgia Wareham (1-8) and Tayla Vlaeminck (1-18) claimed one wicket each.

Australia had won the opening T20 international by 41 runs on Sunday, before backing up that result with a crushing nine-wicket triumph on Monday.

The two sides will now turn their attention to a three-match one-day series, which commences in Brisbane on Saturday.







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