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Meg Lanning century secures 66-run victory for Australia Women

Meg Lanning century secures 66-run victory for Australia Women
Meg Lanning scored a 122-ball 144 for Australia
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Australia Women 278-4 (Lanning 134) beat
South Africa Women 119-5 (Luus 60) by 66 runs (D/L method)
Second One-Day International in Canberra

A 122-ball knock of 134 from Meg Lanning powered Australia Women to 278 for four following which the bowlers restricted South Africa Women to 119 for five in 31.2 overs after which persistent rain did not allow any further play thereby securing a 60-run victory to the home side by D/L method in the second One-Day International in Canberra.

Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. After the early loss of Nicole Bolton (18) and Elyse Villani (4), Lanning (134) and Ellyse Perry (95 not out) added 224 runs for the third wicket.

Lanning scored 20 boundaries in the 122-ball knock. Perry scored her runs at strike rate close to 74 but missed out a deserving century by five runs despite remaining unbeaten. Australia posted 278 for four in their 50 overs.

South Africa lost Lizelle Lee (1), Dinesha Devnarain (6) and Mignon du Preez early in their chase. However, Sune Luus (60) kept one end going and the play was interrupted by rain when they were 56 for three in 18.4 overs.

The target was revised to 241 from 38 overs when play resumed.

Skipper Dane van Niekerk (27) was run out by Lanning while Chloe Tyron (10) too perished leaving South Africa in deep trouble.

Again rain came down heavy when they were 119 for five in 31.2 overs but this time there was no chance of resumption as Australia won the game by 60 runs D/L method.

Lanning was declared the man of the match.

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