Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Healy led Australia to a T20 win over the West Indies

The Australian captain led the all-conquering outfit to a total of 2-149 with a powerful half-century and Tahlia McGrath helped complete the run chase at North Sydney Oval on Sunday.

West Indies set Australia a tough target as captain Hayley Matthews led the way with a blistering innings, only to be stranded at the non-striker’s end for 99 not out as the visitors made 3-147.

Healy opened the batting for Australia in reply and soon regained control of his side as he raced to 56 from just 29 balls with three sixes and seven boundaries.

The 33-year-old eventually skied a cover shot to get off Matthews’ bowling but the damage was already done with Australia 2-107 in the 10th over.

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McGrath ensured Australia started their summer campaign with a strong win as the all-rounder smashed an unbeaten 60 off 32 with three sixes and eight fours.

Ash Gardner (13 not out) and Beth Mooney (12) were the only other batters needed as Australia made light work of what appeared to be a challenging chase to reach their target with 40 balls to spare. which is left.

After Matthews’ batting heroics gave West Indies hope against the reigning T20 World Cup champions, the off-spinner later took the new ball and finished with 1-17.

But Australia dominated with the bat and their opponents paid the price for several occasions as Chinelle Henry (1-30) was West Indies’ only other wicket-taker.

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Matthews was earlier looking for a second T20I century until Shemaine Campbelle (19) failed on the second last ball of the innings.

The opener opened the West Indies innings while putting together an entertaining knock from 74 balls with four sixes and 12 fours.

Megan Schutt (0-15) took the new ball in her 100th T20I for Australia and conceded just one run from two overs.

Ellyse Perry returned to the line-up after injuring her knee against Ireland in July but the gun all-rounder was ruled out of bowling.

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