On Sunday, Australia continued their domination over England and sealed the multi-format Women’s Ashes series with a brilliant win the in the second ODI of the ongoing three-match leg. All-rounder Ellyse Perry dominated the proceedings with both ball and the bat to help her side record a five-wicket victory at Junction Oval in Melbourne.
After electing to field first, the Aussies completely owned their English rivals, bundling them out for a mere 129 in 45.2 overs. Perry and Tahlia McGrath were the pick of the bowlers, with both bagging three wickets each.
In reply, the hosts chased down the target in 35.2 overs, with Perry again shining with the bat. She scored 40 off 64 deliveries, including five fours and a six. Although, Aussie skipper Meg Lanning failed to impress with the bat after getting out for a 4-ball duck off Kate Cross.
However, Lanning did contribute in the fielding as she grabbed a stunning catch to get rid of England’s star Danielle Wyatt. It all happened during the 25th over bowled by Annabel Sutherland when Lanning displayed acrobatic effort in the slip cordon.
Sutherland pitched the ball on a good length around the off-stump, and Wyatt stepped forward to defend only to get a thick outside edge. The white-leather flew towards the right of the slip where Lanning dived full length and plucked a blinder to send back Wyatt for a duck.
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“I thought it was an outstanding effort from the bowlers, the pitch was better than what we saw. We’d have liked to finish better with the bat, but it was a good job. With Darcie rested, Perry got the chance to take the new ball, and this is the best I have seen her in a long time. We haven’t played the game to our full potential as yet, going into the next match and the World Cup, I’d like to see a perfect game from the girls,” said Lanning after the match.