Lanning Ton Powers Australia To Victory

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.

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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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Group A: Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa Group B: Bangladesh, England, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies Fixtures & Results
23rd March: Australia v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 128-8 (Perkins 31) beat
Australia Women 121 (Blackwell 31) by 7 runs
23rd March: Pakistan v South Africa
South Africa Women 163-0 (van Niekerk 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 119-9 (Kapp 3-16) by 44 runs
24th March: England v West Indies
West Indies Women 133-7 (Taylor 56) beat
England Women 124-9 (Dottin 4-12) by 9 runs
24th March: India v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Women 128-8 (Atapattu 43) beat
India Women 106-9 (Prabodhani 2-9) by 22 runs
25th March: Ireland v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 171-3 (Bates 68) beat
Ireland Women 129-4 (C Joyce 41no) by 41 runs
25th March: Australia v South Africa
Australia Women 116-4 (Perry 41no) beat
South Africa Women 115-9 by six wickets
26th March: Bangladesh v West Indies
West Indies Women 115 (Dottin 34) beat
Bangladesh Women 79 (Quintyne 3-5) by 36 runs
26th March: England v India
England Women 98-5 (Taylor 28) beat
India Women 95-9 (Raj 57) by five wickets
27th March: Australia v Ireland
Australia Women 191-4 (Lanning 126) beat
Ireland Women 113-7 (Perry 2-17) by 78 runs
27th March: New Zealand v Pakistan
New Zealand Women 167-3 (Bates 94no) beat
Pakistan Women 108-7 by 59 runs
28th March: Bangladesh v England
England Women 137-5 (Edwards 80) beat
Bangladesh Women 58-9 (Hazell 3-4) by 79 runs
28th March: Sri Lanka v West Indies
West Indies Women 87-2 (Taylor 56no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 84 (Daley 4-15) by 8 wickets
29th March: Ireland v South Africa
South Africa Women 165-5 (Lee 43) beat
Ireland Women 79 (Ismail 3-5) by 86 runs
29th March: Australia v Pakistan
Australia Women 185-2 (Villani 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 91-9 (Perry 3-12) by 94 runs
30th March: Bangladesh v India
India Women 151-4 (Kaur 77, Raj 41) beat
Bangladesh Women 72-8 by 79 runs
30th March: England v Sri Lanka
England Women 86-3 (Taylor 36) beat
Sri Lanka Women 85-9 by seven wickets
31st March: Ireland v Pakistan
Pakistan Women 119-6 (Bismah Maroof 48no) beat
Ireland Women 105 (A Iqbal 3-18) by 14 runs
31st March: New Zealand v South Africa
South Africa Women 116-5 (du Preez 51) beat
New Zealand Women 114-9 by 5 wickets
1st April: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Bangladesh Women 115-9 (R Ahmed 41) beat
Sri Lanka Women 112-9 by three runs
1st April: India v West Indies
India Women 121-1 (Raut 56, Raj 55no) beat
West Indies 117-7 (Dottin 57) by nine wickets
3rd April: Semi-Final
Australia Women 140-5 (Villani 35) beat
West Indies Women 132-4 by 8 runs
4th April: Semi-Final
England Women 102-1 (Taylor 44no) beat
South Africa Women 101 by nine wickets
6th April: Final - Australia v England
Australia Women 106-4 (Lanning 44) beat
England Women 105-8 (Coyte 3-16) by 6 wickets