Australia Women crushed England Women by 50 runs in the first T20I of the three-match series at Edgbaston on Saturday.
Electing to bat, Australia got off to a solid start, with Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney putting on a 63-run partnership for the first wicket. Healy was the more aggressive of the two, scoring 40 off 29 balls, while Mooney made 27 off 26 balls.
After Healy’s dismissal, Meg Lanning took over and scored 44 off 34 balls to help Australia reach 169-5 in their 20 overs.
In reply, England struggled to get going from the start, and were never really in the chase. They were bowled out for 119 in 18.4 overs, with only Tammy Beaumont (34) and Nat Sciver (28) making significant contributions.
Tahlia McGrath was the pick of the Australian bowlers, taking three wickets for 16 runs.
The win gives Australia a 1-0 lead in the series. The second T20I will be played at the same venue on Monday.
- Australia’s batting was in top form, with Healy, Mooney, and Lanning all scoring well.
- England’s batting struggled, and they were never really in the chase.
- McGrath was the pick of the Australian bowlers, taking three wickets for 16 runs.
The second T20I will be played at Edgbaston on Monday. Australia will be looking to take a 2-0 lead in the series, while England will be looking to get their first win of the series.