ICC Women’s World Cup: Australia Defeats New Zealand; Knocks India Off the Top Spot

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ICC Women’s World Cup: Ellyse Perry, Tahila McGrath, and Ashleigh Gardner helped Australia to a thumping 141-run victory against New Zealand in the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup in Wellington on Sunday.

Australia Defeats New Zealand

All-round prowess of Ellyse Perry, Tahila McGrath, and Ashleigh Gardner helped Australia to a thumping 141-run victory against New Zealand in the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup in Wellington on Sunday.

As being called to bat, Australia posted a tough 269 for eight after Perry (68 off 86) and McGrath (57 off 56) each struck half-centuries. Gardner then played a quick 18-ball 48-run knock to help Australia record a daunting 269 for eight.

In defending the goal, Australia produced a coordinated bowling performance, dismissing trans-Tasman foes New Zealand for 128 runs in 30.2 overs.

Darcie Brown (3/22) was Australia’s best bowler, with Amanda-Jade Wellington (2/34), Gardner (2/15), Perry (1/18), McGrath (1/17) and Megan Schutt (1/22) providing excellent assistance from the other end.

Australia dislodged India from the top of the eight-team rankings with six points after three victories in three games.

As Australia got off to a slow start, the opening combination of Rachel Haynes (30) and Alyssa Healy (15) shared 37 runs in 9.5 overs.


Brief—

Australia: 269 for 8 in 50 overs (Ellyse Perry 68, Tahila McGrath 57, Ashleigh Gardner 48; Lea Tahuhu 3/53). Darcie Brown 3/22, Ashleigh Gardner 2/15, Amanda-Jade Wellington 2/34

New Zealand: 128 all out in 30.2 overs (Amy Satterthwaite 44; Darcie Brown 3/22, Ashleigh Gardner 2/15, Amanda-Jade Wellington 2/34).


New Zealand’s chase never got off the ground, as they lost wickets at an alarming rate from the start and were unable to match Australia’s sharp bowling.

New Zealand’s top scorer was Amy Satterthwaite, who hit 44 off 67 balls, while tail-ender Tahuhu, who struck 23 off 25 balls, came in second.

As New Zealand struggled to mount any form of threat, only Katey Martin (19) and starter Suzie Bates (16) scored double digit scores.


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