The result: Australia 4-209 (Lanning 88no, Villani 51; Gunn 2-38) defeated England 9-152 (Sciver 50, Jones 30; Schutt 3-13) by 57 runs
The match in a tweet: Australia win the tri-series! Meg-astar Lanning smashes the Southern Stars to a record total before Megan Schutt leads a brilliant bowling performance to beat England
The record: A stunning display from Meg Lanning and Elyse Villani powered Australia to the highest-ever total in a women’s T20 International, their 4-209 surpassing the previous best of 1-205 scored by South Africa against Ireland in 2010. Australia’s previous highest total was 4-191, against Ireland in 2014.
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The heroes: Lanning was simply superb, while Villani was a more-than-handy partner in crime in a brilliant 139-run partnership that led Australia to their record total.
After England slow-bowling specialist Jenny Gunn cut short what was a promising start from Alyssa Healy (33 off 24) and Ashleigh Gardner (33 off 20) to leave Australia precariously poised at 3-66, what had been a rapid start for the Southern Stars was slowed – but only briefly.
When Lanning and Villani moved up a gear, the boundaries began to flow thick and fast. The pair piled on 15 boundaries in the space 30 balls as Lanning reached her half-century from 28 deliveries – Bryony Smith dropping a rare chance to allow the skipper to reach the milestone – as their 100-run partnership came in just 55 balls.
Lanning was at her sublime best as she struck boundary after boundary, clearing the rope once in an exhilarating 45-ball onslaught to which England had no answer, walking from the field unbeaten on 88. Villani’s own scintillating knock may have been somewhat overshadowed by her skipper but still packed plenty of punch as she reached her half-century from 28 balls before being run out in the final over.
The support acts: Australia’s bowlers were superb in defending a total for the second time this series. A miserly Schutt didn’t give an inch early in England’s chase and was rewarded with the wickets of Fran Wilson and Alice Davidson-Richards when she returned late in the game, finishing her four overs with a stunning 3-13. Ashleigh Gardner (2-20 off 3) was also brilliant, while Delissa Kimmince (2-35) was the other multiple wicket-taker.
The moment: Dani Wyatt had scored more runs than anyone else this series and despite the early wickets of Bryony Smith and Tammy Beaumont without scoring, the powerful opener was keeping England in touch with the required run rate as she raced her way to 34 from just 16 deliveries. The hero of England’s record-breaking win over India earlier in the series, when she posted a ton to chase 199, Wyatt was threatening to repeat the effort in the sixth over when she hit consecutive fours off Kimmince. But a third powerfully struck short only managed to find the safe hands of Lanning at cover, Wyatt gone for 34 (17).
The consolation effort: Coming to the crease under all sorts of pressure, Natalie Sciver made a cautious start that belied her explosive talents. When the dismissal of Wyatt added to the task ahead, she shared a 51-run partnership with Amy Jones (30) that, while not finding the boundary routinely, kept the scoreboard ticking with regular ones and twos during the middle overs. The thinking seemed to be to keep wickets in hand and then launch, but the ignition never came for England and when Sciver departed for 50 off 42, one ball after bringing up her half-century, the mammoth total was well out of England’s reach.
Next up for Australia: Australia return home where the players will enjoy a well-earned break. Their next international series isn’t until September, ahead of the ICC World T20 in the Caribbean in November.
Australia XI: Healy, Mooney, Gardner, Villani, Lanning (c), Haynes, Perry, Kimmince, Jonassen, Wellington, Schutt
England XI: Beaumont, Davidson-Richards, Ecclestone, Farrant, Gunn, Hazell (c), Jones, Sciver, Smith, Wilson, Wyatt
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Australia T20 squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Naomi Stalenberg, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington
India T20I squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Rumeli Dhar, Mona Meshram.
England T20I squad: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Katie George, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Anya Shrubsole, Bryony Smith, Nat Sciver, Fran Wilson, Danni Wyatt
Warm-up match Australia beat India A by 321 runs. Report
Warm-up match Australia beat India A by seven wickets. Report
First ODI Australia won by eight wickets. Scorecard
Second ODI Australia won by 60 runs. Scorecard
Third ODI Australia won by 97 runs. Scorecard
First T20I Australia defeated India by six wickets. Scorecard
Second T20I England defeated Australia by eight wickets. Scorecard
Third T20I England defeated India by seven wickets. Scorecard
Fourth T20I Australia defeated India by 36 runs. Scorecard
Fifth T20I Australia defeated England by eight wickets. Scorecard
Sixth T20I India defeated England by eight wickets. Scorecard
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