Defending champions England produced an impressive bowling performance to bundle out Australia for a paltry 147 runs in their first Super Six match of the ICC Women’s World Cup at the Brabourne Stadium here today.
Sent into bat, Australia witnessed a batting collapse from the start and lost half of their side at the score of 32 before being bowled out in 44.4 overs.
An 82-run sixth wicket partnership between Lisa Sthalekar (41) and Sarah Coyte (44) was the highlight of Australia’s innings as it helped them to post a three digit score on the board.
The English pace attack exploited the conditions well after opting to field with Anya Shrubsole returning with best figures of three for 24 from her 10 overs.
Shrubsole was well supported by Katherine Brunt (2/22), Arran Brindle (2/33) and Holly Colvin (2/19) who shared six wickets between them.
Five-time champions Australia’s misery can be gauged from the fact they lost their top four batswomen, including last match centurion Meghann Lanning, opener Rachael Haynes, Jessica Cameron and Alexandra Blacwell for a paltry score 27 runs.
Lanning was the lone Aussie to reach a double digit score among the top four batters, scoring 17 off 24 balls with the help of three fours.