Tuesday 26 August 2014 

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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Fixtures/Results

21st August: 1st ODI, Brisbane
Australia Women 161-6 (Cameron 56no) beat
Pakistan Women 157 by four wickets
25th August: 2nd ODI, Brisbane
Australia Women 124-5 (Blackwell 39no) beat
Pakistan Women 121-8 by five wickets
26th August: 3rd ODI, Brisbane
Australia Women 190-2 (Bolton 81no) beat
Pakistan Women 189-8 by eight wickets
28th August: 4th ODI, Brisbane
Australia Women 220-9 (Osborne 47no) beat
Pakistan Women 183 by 37 runs
30th August: 1st T20I, Robina
Australia Women 95-1 (Villani 58no) beat
Pakistan Women 92 (Osborne 4-19) by 8 wickets
31st August: 2nd T20I, Robina
Australia Women 149-5 (Kimmince 43) beat
Pakistan Women 86-8 by 63 runs
3rd September: 3rd T20I, Robina
Australia Women 87-2 (Villani 50) beat
Pakistan Women 84-6 by eight wickets