Record Lanning ton crushes Ireland
Australia Women 191 for 4 (Lanning 126) beat Ireland Women 113 for 7 (Perry 2-17) by 78 runs
Meg Lanning produced the second-highest score in all Twenty20 international cricket to power Australia Women to an imposing 191 for 4 batting first, a total that proved way beyond Ireland Women. While Ireland's batsmen hung in there, they could not go at the required pace, finishing 113 for 7, 79 runs short of the target.
Lanning slammed 126 off 65 balls, which puts her second only to countryman Aaron Finch on the list of top T20 scores. She beat South Africa Women's batsman Shandre Fritz's 116 to go to the top on the women's charts, then went past Brendon McCullum's 123 to go to No. 2 overall; Finch had pummeled 156 against England last August.
Australia's innings was built around two main partnerships: first Lanning put on 86 in 10 overs with Delissa Kimmince, then she added 83 in just seven with Alex Blackwell. That Kimmince contributed 35 at a run a ball and Blackwell just 12 at a similar rate shows the dominance of Lanning. She hit 18 fours and four sixes in all, to ensure both her strike rate and the team's total were nudging 200.
Several of Ireland's batsmen were able to get into double-digits in the chase, but none could really kick on or make an impact on the required rate. A couple of run-outs did not help their cause, and pacer Ellyse Perry was accurate and incisive on her way to 2 for 17. Ireland finished the innings having scored at less than a run a ball for a second loss in as many games, while Australia registered their second win in three games with ease.