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Haynes, Schutt stars as Australia beat England to take 2-0 lead in Women's Ashes

Rachael Haynes led from the front for Australia
Rachael Haynes led from the front for Australia
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Australia 296-6 (Haynes89no) beat
England 209 (Brunt 52) by 75 runs DLS
Second One-Day International in Coffs Harbour

Rachael Haynes led from the front with a blistering unbeaten knock of 56-ball 89 while Megan Schutt picked a four wicket haul as Australia completed a 75 run victory by DLS method over England in the second One-Day International in Coffs Harbour to claim a 2-0 lead in the Women's Ashes.

England won the toss and decided to bowl first. Nicole Bolton (66) and Alyssa Healy (56) ensured the England new ball bowlers were kept at bay with a solid 98 run stand for the opening wicket. Both the batsmen went past their half-century, though Healy was the aggressor among the two.

The momentum was carry forwarded by Ellyse Perry (67) and skipper Haynes (89), who shared another 86 run stand for the fourth wicket with the latter scoring at a strike-rate of over 150.

Even though Jenny Gunn (4-55) helped England with late wickets, Haynes with her knock that included nine boundaries and three sixes ensured Australia posted a massive total of 296 for six in the 50 overs.

The game was reduced to 46 overs with the target revised to 285 runs after a couple of rain delays at the start. Schutt (4-26) struck twice in the innings when the game resumed to send Lauren Winfield (2) and Tammy Beaumont (8) back.

Sarah Taylor (26) and Heather Knight (36) tried to resurrect the innings but England lost three wickets in quick succession and were reduced to 91 for five.

From there on even though Fran Wilson (37), Katherine Brunt (52) and Anya Shrubsole (21) tried to show some fight, England could manage only 209 before they were bowled out in 42.2 overs. Haynes bagged the player of the match as Australia took 2-0 lead in the series.

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