Bolton, Lanning Seal Series Win For Australia

Meg Lanning hits out
Meg Lanning hit 78 in 77 balls as Australia raced to victory over Pakistan
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Australia Women 190-2 (Bolton 81no) beat
Pakistan Women 189-8 by eight wickets
Third One-Day International, Brisbane

Nicole Bolton and Meg Lanning scored half-centuries as Australia Women beat Pakistan Women by eight wickets in the third and final One-Day International in Brisbane.

After Jess Jonassen took three wickets and Rene Farrell and Sarah Coyte two apiece to restrict Pakistan to 189 for eight, Australia needed just 33 overs to reach their target.

Bolton was unbeaten on 81 after Lanning fell for 78 to put the home side in an unassailable 3-0 series lead.

It also gave them a maximum six points in the ICC Women's Championship and a one-point lead over England.

Pakistan batted first and started slowly although openers Marina Iqbal (38) and Javeria Khan (10) put on 41 before the latter fell to Coyte.

Bismah Maroof (36) and Nain Abidi (43) then made useful contributions but they desperately needed somebody to go on and score at least a half-century to put Australia under some pressure.

As it was, they lost wickets, Jonassen removing Marina, Aliya Riaz (15) and Sana Mir (6) while there was also a wicket for Kristen Beams.

Australia's run chase got off to a poor start when Alyssa Healy was run out for two by Qanita Jalil but that was their only major hiccup.

Bolton, who faced 93 balls for her 81 and Lanning, who faced 77 for her 78, then added 135 for the second wicket to break the back of the chase.

After Lanning was caught by Nain Abidi off Asmavia Iqbal, Alex Blackwell cracked a quickfire 23 in 21 balls to hand Australia a dominant win.

The fourth and final game in the series is on Thursday (28th August).

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