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Lanning, Bolton powers Australia Women to series win despite Lizelle Lee's century

Meg Lanning scored an unbeaten 80 for Australia
Meg Lanning scored an unbeaten 80 for Australia

Australia Women 174-1 (Lanning 80no) beat
South Africa Women 173-8 (Lee 102) by nine wickets
Third One-Day International in Sydney

Meg Lanning and Nicole Bolton scored brilliant unbeaten knocks of 80 and 77 respectively as Australia Women chased down 174 runs in just 27.1 overs with nine wickets in hand to win the third One-Day International in Sydney thereby claiming the series 3-0.

Earlier, the game was reduced to 32 overs per side due to rain following which Lizelle Lee scored a brilliant century to help South Africa post 173 but lacked support from the rest.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first. After losing Sune Luus (7) and Dinesha Devnarain (2), a 110-run stand between Lee (102) and Mignon du Preez (36) helped South Africa lay a solid platform.

Once du Preez fell, the rest of the batting capitulated with Lee waging a lone fight. She eventually completed a fine century in an innings where the third highest score was just seven.

South Africa posted 173 for eight in the 32 overs with Grace Harris (3-31) being the pick of the Australian bowlers.

In their chase, Australia lost Elyse Vilani (10) early but Bolton (77 not out) and Lanning (80 not out) ensured there were no further hiccups with their unbeaten 161-run stand to take Australia home with nine wickets in hand in the 28th over.

The win has also ensured a series win for Australia in the five-match series with two more games to go. Lee was awarded the player of the match despite ending on the losing side.

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