Bowlers help England Women level T20I series in Canberra

Katherine Brunt had a terrific all-round game
Katherine Brunt had a terrific all-round game

England Women 152-6 (Sciver 40) beat
Australia Women 112 (Gunn 4-13) by 40 runs
Second Twenty20 International in Canberra

Jenny Gunn picked four wickets while Sophie Ecclestone and Katherine Brunt managed two apiece as England Women went on to level the Twenty20 International series against Australia Women with a 40 run victory in the second game in Canberra.

Australia have already retained the Ashes as they claimed an unassailable lead in the multi-format contest but England are still in with a chance to claim the T20I series and end the tour on a high.

Earlier, England won the toss and decided to bat first. Danielle Wyatt (19) looked positive as she smashed four boundaries in the first three overs before Megan Schutt (2-16) removed her when she chipped one to the cover.

Tammy Beaumont (9) was handed a reprieve in the fifth over as England ended the powerplay with a score of 38 for one. Beaumont's 16-ball vigil was ended by Jess Jonassen (1-18) but Sarah Taylor (30) looked positive and dealt in boundaries to inject some momentum into the innings.

Just when her 45 run stand with Natalie Sciver (40) laid a solid platform, an indecision in running let to the run out of Taylor and as Australia sniffed a chance to get back into the game, Brunt (32 not out) with her 24-ball cameo pushed the total to 152 for six in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Beth Mooney (17) and Alyssa Healy (24) got Australia off to a promising start with a 45 run stand off 33 deliveries but Gunn (4-13) effected a run out to get the former dismissed and also had her opening partner caught.

From there on Australia hardly recovered as Brunt (2-10) bowled a terrific spell where she conceded just 10 runs from four overs while Gunn cleaned up the lower order to help England complete a 40 run victory.

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