Pakistan v Australia Women's - ODIs
Australia romp to one-day series win
Meg Lanning's century paves the way as Australia seal a series win over Pakistan
20 October 2018, 08:00 PM AEST
A superb century from skipper Meg Lanning and another strong display with the ball has powered Australia to a one-day series victory against Pakistan in Malaysia.
Electing to bat first at Kinrara Academy Ground, a record-breaking 181-run stand between Lanning and deputy Rachael Haynes rescued their team from a precarious position, with Lanning bringing up her 12th one-day ton and her first since returning from shoulder surgery, as Australia posted 7-273.
Pakistan's Nahida Khan defied the tourists with a half-century in reply, but as wasn’t enough as Sophie Molineux’s 4-14 helped dismiss the hosts for 123, sealing a 150-run win for Australia who have an unassailable 2-0 lead with one ODI to play.
Lanning and Haynes came together with Australia 3-54 in the 18th over, having lost Alyssa Healy (16 off 28), Nicole Bolton (18 off 38) and Ellyse Perry (8 off 28).
As the wickets fell at the other end, Lanning too made a watchful start – having been dismissed for four in the opening game of the series – taking 23 balls to find the boundary for the first time.
CENTURY! Meg Lanning, take a bow! Absolutely magnificent display from our skipper as she brings up her 12th ODI ton 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/ztNnIK9Jxo— Australian Women's Cricket Team 🏏 (@SouthernStars) October 20, 2018
But once she got going, there was no stopping the Australian skipper. She brought up a half-century from as many balls before going on the attack, striking 20 runs from her next eight deliveries.
Racing her way into the nineties, Lanning fittingly brought up her 12th ODI century, her first since July 2017, with another boundary, reaching the milestone from 89 deliveries.
Deputy Haynes arrived in the middle with a positive attitude that belied the troubles of the batters who came before, striking a boundary from the fourth ball she faced and showing an immediate willingness to put the pressure back onto the Pakistan spinners.
She reached her own half-century from 61 deliveries, but her hopes of a maiden one-day ton were dashed when she was caught at long-on in the 44th over, out for an 82-ball 79. It ended a record-breaking 181-run stand between the Australian leaders – the highest fourth-wicket partnership for the Southern Stars in ODIs.
Lanning added another 24 runs to her tally before departing chasing quick runs in the 46th over, ending an entertaining 106-ball knock that featured 15 boundaries.
Once she departed, Beth Mooney (11no) and Nicola Carey (8no) added late runs, leaving Pakistan needing a record 274 runs to keep the series alive.
Nashra Sandhu finished the best of the Pakistan bowlers with 3-54, while Diana Baig (2-40) was the other multiple wicket-taker.
Megan Schutt broke through for the first wicket in reply, trapping Ayesha Zafar lbw for 3; the hosts losing regular wickets as Perry and Sophie Molineux also struck.
Nahida provided the only resistance for the hosts, bringing up her fifth ODI fifty from 79 balls. But she found no partners able to stick around and when she became the ninth wicket to fall on 66 (114), the target was already well out of Pakistan’s reach.
Molineux’s brilliant start to her one-day career continued with the left-arm spinner collecting 4-14 from nine overs.
Leg-spinner Georgia Wareham went wicketless, but the 19-year-old produced two outstanding pieces of fielding, running out Nashra Sandhu before taking an excellent running catch to dismiss Nahida.
Schutt was again brilliant taking 2-25 from eight, while Pakistan found it impossible to score off Gardner, who reaped 2-4 from her 5.1 overs.
Australia have moved to outright top of the ICC’s Women’s Championship following the win and will look to seal a series whitewash in Monday’s third ODI at the same venue.
Australia XI: Nicole Bolton, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Sophie Molineux, Nicola Carey, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt
Pakistan XI: Ayesha Zafar, Nahida Khan, Muneeba Ali, Javeria Khan (c), Sidra Ameen, Nida Dar, Sana Mir, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Nashra Sundhu, Diana Baig, Anam Amin
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Australia ODI squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wk), Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
Australia T20 & World T20 squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen (subject to fitness), Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
Pakistan ODI/T20 squad: Javeria Khan (c), Bibi Nahida, Ayesha Zafar, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Sidra Amin, Omaima Sohail, Nida Rashid, Sidra Nawaz, Sana Mir, Nashra Sundhu, Anum Amin, Natalia Parvaiz, Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig, Aiman Anwar
October 18: Australia won the first ODI by five wickets
October 20: Second ODI v Pakistan, Kinrara Academy Oval
October 22: Third ODI v Pakistan, Kinrara Academy Oval
October 25: First T20I v Pakistan, Kinrara Academy Oval
October 27: Second T20I v Pakistan, Kinrara Academy Oval
October 29: Third T20I v Pakistan, Kinrara Academy Oval
2018 ICC Women's World T20
November 9: Australia v Pakistan, Province Stadium, Guyana
November 11: Australia v Ireland, Province Stadium
November 13: Australia v New Zealand, Province Stadium
November 17: Australia v India, Province Stadium
November 22: Semi-finals, Sir Vivian Richards Ground, Antigua
November 24: Final, Sir Vivian Richards Ground