Meg Lanning stars as Australia ends South Africa’s unbeaten run

Meg Lanning scored her 15th ODI ton. Image : AFP

Meg Lanning scored her 15th ODI ton. Image : AFP

Meg Lanning’s fifteenth ODI century straightened South Africa and finished their unbeaten run at the continuous world cup as Australia traveled to a 5-wicket win in the 272-run pursue at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Tuesday. Her unbeaten 130-ball 135 included 15 limits and a six.

Pursuing a genuinely difficult objective against the best bowling assault in the opposition, Australia were fixed back ahead of schedule, losing the wickets of in-structure openers – Alyssa Healy and Rachel Haynes – to be diminished to 45 for 2 by the eleventh over. There was a touch of help for the pacers on the green top, yet it to a great extent played out well for the hitters. Shabnim Ismail, specifically, was breathing fire in her initial spell. With vulnerability over Ellyse Perry’s batting accessibility, after she had avoided the field for a large portion of the primary innings, Australia were facing a firm test.

In any case, Lanning steadied the innings with her controlled play. She was helped plentifully with conveyances bowled short and outside her offstump, permitting her to utilize her brand name slices and cover drives to great impact. Furthermore, the track was so batting agreeable that any blunder would proceed to demonstrate expensive against the Australian captain, who was generally on a post for scoring open doors. Indeed, even in spells where she was kept on a rope with tight lines, she would jump on the one odd free conveyance and send it past the limit ropes.

In the organization of Beth Mooney and Tahlia McGrath – both of whom didn’t completely examine control of their innings – she sewed stands of 60 and 93 individually. A valid justification for that was additionally the leniencies presented by South African defenders. Indeed, even as Mignon du Preez took a marvelous catch at profound mid wicket to dispose of Haynes on 17 and Mooney was abandoned 21 by Tumi Sekhukhune, South Africa generally had an awfulness trip on the field, dropping upwards of seven possibilities – which permitted Lanning, McGrath and Ashleigh Gardner to go on with their innings longer than they ought to have.

Shabnim Ismail, specifically, was enraged whenever she continued to set out open doors just for them to be dropped. The pacer timed at a normal of almost 120 kmps and had even settled hitters feel awkward. She was very much helped by Marizanne Kapp and Ayabonga Khaka, yet the excess bowlers couldn’t keep the strain on the Australians. Sekhukhune, who had come in for the harmed Mastaba Klass, was the most costly of the parcel – yielding 68 runs in seven overs. Sune Luus battled to hit the right lengths yet continued moving away in spite of perpetually bowling full throws at the hitters.

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Australia finished the run pursue with 28 balls in excess and enlisted their 6th progressive win of the competition.

Prior in the day, South Africa had set up a solid execution subsequent to being placed in to bat – to a great extent kindness half-hundreds of years from Laura Wolvaardt and Sune Luus. Indeed, even before the team got together in the center, South Africa had a consistent stage laid for them civility a 88-show organization to the openers – Lizelle Lee and Wolvaardt.

Alana King caught Lee legbefore for 36 in the twentieth over before Lara Goodall – coming in for Tazmin Brits – tumbled to Annabel Sutherland for 15. In any case, a 91-run organization among Wolvaardt and Luus set the base for South Africa’s late thrive. Notwithstanding, Australia hit back with a progression of wickets, starting with that of the set pair in a space of eight balls. Du Preez’s innings was additionally stopped not long after civility a dazzling one-gave exertion from Gardner at profound mid wicket.

In any case, Chloe Tryon and Kapp put on a lively 43-run stand in 25 balls yet it demonstrated too minimal eventually for Lanning’s Australia.

Brief Score : South Africa 271/5 in 50 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 90, Sune Luus 52; Annabel Sutherland 1-26, Alana King 1-35) lost to Australia 272/5 in 45.5 overs (Meg Lanning 135*, Tahlia McGrath 32; Shabnim Ismail 2-33, Chloe Tryon 2-44) by 5 wickets.

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