Australia 2 for 226 (Healy 148*) v Sri Lanka
Alyssa Healy produced a batting masterclass at North Sydney Oval to set a new world record with the highest score in women’s T20Is with an unbeaten 148 off 61 balls.
Healy’s century came off 46 deliveries, the second-fastest in women’s T20Is, as she plundered 19 fours and seven sixes to carry Australia to 2 for 226 – equaling their highest total in T20Is.
She struck the ball magnificently all around the wicket, but her straight driving – both along the ground and in the air – was the standout featured and it was fitting that a straight six took her to the new individual record, surpassing Meg Lanning’s 133 made earlier this against England in a penultimate over that cost 28. This time Lanning was at the non-striker’s end to admire the innings.
Healy, whose batting has gone to a new level over the last two years, looked in supreme form in the first two matches of the series without converting rapid starts but this time took the chance to fill her boots.
She survived two half chances early in her innings when she was missed at deep cover in the second over and then from a tough leg-side stumping in the fourth, but dominated throughout the innings.
There was an opening stand of 59 with Beth Mooney and then a 109-run partnership for the second alongside Rachael Haynes who was the latest batter to be given a chance at No. 3 in this series.
Really, though, Healy’s team-mates were mere spectators to the destruction that unfolded.