Australia Women 191-4 (Lanning 126) beat
Ireland Women 113-7 (Perry 2-17) by 78 runs
ICC Women's World Twenty20 Group A, Sylhet
Meg Lanning scored 126 - a new record score in Women's Twenty20 Internationals - as Australia beat Ireland in Group A of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Sylhet.
Lanning faced just 65 balls and hit 18 fours and four sixes as she overtook the previous bests of Deandra Dottin (112 not out) and Shandre Fritz (116 not out) to set a new record.
Delissa Kimmince also hit 35 as Australia closed on 191 for four from their 20 overs.
In reply, Ireland managed to bat through their allocation to reach 113 for seven, Ellyse Perry and Erin Osborne both taking two wickets to hand Australia their second win of the competition.
Openers Kimmince and Alyssa Healy (9) put on 21 together for Australia before Ireland struck, Eimear Richardson having Healy stumped by Mary Waldron.
Highest Women's T20I innings
Meg Lanning (Aus): 126 (65) v Ireland, 2014
Shandre Fritz (RSA): 116* (71) v N'lands, 2010
Deandra Dottin (WI): 112* (45) v RSA, 2010
Karen Rolton (Aus): 96* (53) v England, 2005
Charlotte Edwards (Eng): 92* (59) v Aus., 2014
That brought Lanning to the crease and what followed was a stunning knock as she and Kimmince put on 86 for the second wicket, which fell when Kimmince was caught by Cecelia Joyce off Elena Tice.
Lanning was far from done, however, and set a new record for an individual score in Women's Twenty20 International cricket before finally falling, caught by Laura Delany off Isobel Joyce.
Alex Blackwell was run out for 12 by Melissa Scott-Hayward from the final ball as Australia posted their highest ever team score, the third highest of all time and the highest at an ICC World Twenty20 event.
Highest Women's T20I team scores
South Africa 205-1 v Netherlands, 2010
West Indies 191-4 v Netherland, 2010
Australia 191-4 v Ireland, 2014
New Zealand 186-7 v South Africa, 2007
West Indies 184-4 v Ireland, 2008
Emma Flanagan fell to Jess Jonassen for a seven-ball duck as Ireland made a poor start before Clare Shillington (22) and Isobel Joyce (28) advanced the score to 51, when Shillington was caught and bowled by Osborne.
Scott-Hayward (11) and Joyce were then run out and when Cecelia Joyce was bowled by Osborne for 11, Ireland looked in danger of being bowled out well inside their 20 overs.
However, they avoided that thanks to Tice hitting 19 in 15 balls although she and Louise McCarthy (0) fell to Perry ended the game strongly, setting them up well as they prepare to take on Pakistan in their final group match Saturday (29th March).
Ireland play South Africa on the same day and then Pakistan two days later.
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