What a game! Hardly a few would have backed Australia in the innings break with the score they had put. But again, you can not always bet against them. It was a comprehensive bowling performance that saw them make it to the final and knock England out. India would now resume their preparations in full swing.
Hope you enjoyed our coverage of this game. We hope to have you with us one last time in the series on Wednesday (Feb 12). Till then, take care! Adios!
Meg Lanning: "We probably didn’t put the score that we would have liked. But the wicket became tacky and that helped. Vlaeminck was bowling quick and the ball was flying through. I think our batters scrambled to get to a score. We haven’t put up a complete performance yet and hopefully Wednesday is the day."
Heather Knight: "Really disappointed because I think we bowled well but the batters disappointed us."
Sophie Molineux is awarded the player of the match for her 3/19: "It was set up well by Mooney at the start. In the bowling we got ourselves together and bowled some nice lines and lengths. To play against India is really exciting. They got the better of us yesterday, hope we can get one over them on Wednesday."
If it was the spin duo of Sophie Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn who restricted Australia in the first innings, it was Sophie Molineux and Jess Jonassen, who picked up four wickets between them for just 40 runs that stifled England. That combined with some inexplicable strokes by the English batters brought their downfall.
Towards the end, Lauren Winfield played some crisp shots and that increased hopes of an English win or at least a qualification. But the poor work done by the batters at the top meant that she was always fighting against the tide.
England 116/7 in 20 overs, lost by 16 runs.
Australia manage to stifle England, although Jess Jonassen gave nine off the final over of the innings. A batting collapse has seen England fall short by 16 runs and well short of the 124-run mark to qualify for the final.
England 107/7 in 18.4 overs, need 26 in 8 to win, 17 to qualify.
Lauren Winfield was looking poised to take England to the 124-run mark. But Megan Schutt bowled one wide off the stumps and Winfield looked to go inside out. Managed a thick outside edge, which Alyssa Healy managed to hold on to. Decisive blow as Winfield is back in the dugout for 23.
England 71/6 in 13 overs, need 62 in 42.
Of all the stroke she has in her repertoire, Tammy Beaumont, after seeing her team-mates fall at the other end, chose the reverse sweep against Sophie Molineux. She missed it completely and was castled for 6. Very poor batting show by England.
England 66/5 in 11.4 overs, need 67 in 50.
England are falling like sixpence. Fran Wilson is the latest to depart for two. She also charges down against Jess Jonassen. But the ball stayed a touch low and passed under her bat. Alyssa Healy gets another stumping to her name.
England 63/4 in 10.1 overs, need 73 more.
Sophie Molineux gets the big scalp of Heather Knight. She saw her charge down and bowled it flatter and wider. Knight couldn't reach it and Alyssa Healy did the rest. Knight went for 13. Are England collapsing?
England 53/3 in 8.3 overs, need 80 in 57.
Sophie Molineux gets rid of the on song Natalie Sciver. The English allrounder slogs one straight down Ellyse Perry's throat at deep mid-wicket. Australia slowly clawing back in the match...
England 39/2 in 6 overs, need 94 in 84.
Amy Jones averages around 11 against Australia and that record won't improve in this match at least. She has had a very poor series and once again departs for 9. She looked to drive a full ball on the up, missed it completely. Tayla Vlaeminck struck for the second time.
England 21/1 in 3.5 overs, need 112 in 98.
Danielle Wyatt fell early yet again, the short ball and Tayla Vlaeminck's pace getting her. She was struck on her helmet off the bat in the over. Vlaeminck then banged another one which Wyatt just managed to glove. Alyssa Healy took a tumbling catch behind. Wyatt walked back for 11.
England 19/0 in 3 overs, need 114 off 102.
Danielle Wyatt has managed to hit a couple of fours in her stay so far. This has been an uneventful start from England. They aren't chasing a huge total and hence it works.
England would be pleased with their bowling performance after choosing to bowl. Apart from Anya Shrubsole, the other seamers were economical. Apart from Heather Knight, the other spinners were terrific. Sarah Glenn and Sophie Ecclestone picked 37/4 between them and that derailed Australia.
Only Beth Mooney managed to score a fifty and ended up being the top scorer for the side. The other Aussie batters just couldn't withstand whatever was thrown to them. Rachael Haynes tried to give a late impetus but couldn't do much damage.
England have been the smartest bowling side in this tri series, with great control over their slower balls and one spinner who is at the top of her game. Didn't expect that going in to the World Cup.— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) February 9, 2020
Have England done enough to get into the final? Or will Australia sneak in on the back of their bowling performance? We shall find out soon.
Australia 132/7 in 20 overs.
England have been clinical with the ball, keeping Australia to a total they can hope to hunt down. The set Rachael Haynes (24) and Sophie Molineux were removed before they could cause some damage. As a result, the last five overs went for 40/3.
Australia 96/5 in 16 overs.
Fifth T20I half century for Beth Mooney, her second in this series. She taps one to the off side and gets to the mark in 39 balls. However, she then looks to pull a short ball off Sarah Glenn and misses it completely. Woodwork disturbed. Australia slipping into trouble...
Australia 79/4 in 12.5 overs.
Sophie Ecclestone is on a roll. Bowls one a touch flatter, Ellyse Perry goes back to cut it. But she missed it and saw her off pole disturbed. Just 10 for Perry. The danger has been nipped in the bud. She hit two fours against Heather Knight in the previous over.
Australia 54/3 in 9.2 overs.
Meg Lanning's stay in the middle has come to an end. She saw a tossed-up Sarah Glenn ball and got down to sweep. But the ball snuck under her bat and rattled the stumps. Just 12 for the Aussie captain.
Ellyse Perry and Beth Mooney in the middle now...
Australia 53/2 in 9 overs.
Meg Lanning is living a charmed life. Twice already, England have missed running her out. It hasn't been the best of callings by the Aussie captain. In the last over, she hit one towards backward point and called for a run, but changed her mind seeing the fielding effort there. But since Mooney had already come, she ran towards the bowler's end. But the throw wasn't a great one and Anya Shrubsole messed it up as well.
Australia 16/2 in 4 overs.
Beautiful bit of bowling by Sophie Ecclestone. She tossed it up generously, Ashleigh Gardner charged down to tonk it. Got deceived by the flight and missed it completely, only to see the stumps shattered. Just 10 runs to follow her 93-run knock yesterday.
Australia 12/1 in 3 overs.
Ashes rivalry speaking, it seems. Here's what Tammy Beaumont had to say about their opposition: "Whenever we play against Australia, we don’t consider it a warm-up or anything. Have to be on the money to knock them out of the tri-series."
Katherine Brunt has delivered two economical overs, going for just five runs, and has strung seven dots already. So England are keeping Australia under a leash.
Australia 2/1 in 0.5 overs.
Alyssa Healy's horror run with the bat in the series continues. She pulls one off Katherine Brunt straight to Danielle Wyatt at square leg. Just a single to her name then.
Healy having a Warneresque series and we know what comes after one of those— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) February 9, 2020
Heather Knight has called it correctly and England opt to bowl.
Both teams make one change: for Australia, Tayla Vlaeminck plays in place of Delissa Kimmince, for England, Freya Davies makes way for Sarah Glenn.
Let's get the equations out first: If England win, it will be an India-England final, if Australia win, it could be an Australia-India final given that the margin of victory is big, and if Australia win by a small margin, due to which England's net run rate doesn't drop below India's, then it could be an Australia-England final. In short, there's all to play for in this contest. We're glad to have you with us for the game.
It seemed as if it would be tough to get past Australia, given the strength of the squad. But both England and India have managed to defeat them, which says a lot about the format as well as the sides. England have had their issues as well, but coming on the back of a successful game, they'd be pretty confident as well. It promises to be a tough, competitive game. Could be a wonderful day in story.
What's more, this clash is the first of a double-header of a different kind. The Bushfire Bash, featuring yesteryear cricketers and some of the present ones like Ellyse Villani and Phoebe Litchfield, will be played at the same venue after this match. Moreover, New Zealand take on South Africa at the Basin Reserve in Wellington - the updates of which you will get here. All in all, it is a cricket-filled Sunday. Stay tuned, we'll be back with the toss and team news.
Australia thump England, to face India in the tri-series finalAustralia’s spinners, led by Sophie Molineux (3/19), pulled off a heist as they defeated England by 16 runs on Sunday (February 9) to make it to the final of the T20I tri-series, knocking England out. The result meant that India also qualified to the final. It was spinners’ day out at the Junction Oval in Melbourne. Molineux and Jess Jonassen just squeezed the English middle-order into submission. This was after Tayla Vlaeminck (2/18) struck to send back Danielle Wyatt (11) and Amy Jones (9) with her pace and bounce. ALSO READ: Perry’s heroics that helped Australia Molineux first got rid…
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