Australia won the toss and chose to field. Unlike other days, the left-arm orthodox spinner Jess Jonassen opened the attack. In-form opener Danielle Wyatt started the innings with a boundary in the third-man region. But it didn’t stay long as she was dismissed on the fourth ball, trying to clear the long-on but she was deceived by the flight which didn’t allow her to clear the in-field and Wellington took an easy catch at mid-on.
The second breakthrough came in the form of Tammy Beaumont. A good length delivery outside the off stump helped Kimmince to pick up her first wicket in the match. A stunning catch of skipper Meg Lanning at mid-off, which she has taken in one hand, sent England all-rounder Natalie Sciver at the pavilion.
Australia crushed England’s top-order as they sniped out their 5 crucial wickets within 7 overs with 42 runs on board. Aussies didn’t allow any batters to stay long at the crease. Jenny Gunn and Alice Davidson-Richards tried their best to construct the innings but a slower ball outside the off stump from Kimmince dismissed Gunn in her second spell. England lost their lower order within 8 runs. Richard’s 24 runs were the highest among all. Fall of wickets at regular interval ended England’s innings within 96 runs.
While chasing, it was an easy job for Australia as the target was a mere 97 runs. Natalie Sciver opened the attack and gave the first breakthrough in the form of Alyssa Healy. It was a short ball outside the off stump. Healy went for the pull but she got a top edge and experienced Jenny Gunn didn’t miss the catch at deep mid-wicket. Australia lost their first wicket in the very first over of the innings.
Soon after Healy, Elyse Villani also got dismissed by Ecclestone’s short delivery outside the off stump. After that, it was the Perry-Lanning show. Perry scored an unbeaten 47 runs off 32 balls with 9 fours while Skipper Meg Lanning played a pivotal knock of 41 off 28 balls with 8 fours. With this knock, she also completed her 2,000 T20I runs and became the first player (male or female) from Australia to reach the mark.
Perry took the winning runs by a boundary at the fine-leg region. Australia chased down with ease and reached the target with 51 balls to spare.
Ellyse Perry was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’ for her blitzy knock of 47 and a wicket taken in her 3 overs spell.
Australia 97/2 (E Perry 47, N Sciver 1/9) beat England 96/10 (AD Richards 24, D Kimmince 3/20) by 8 wickets.