Women's World Cup: Australia beat SA, win sixth successive match
Australia beat South Africa in match number 21 of the 2022 ICC Women's World Cup at Basin Reserve, Wellington. They successfully chased down 272 in 45.2 overs, with skipper Meg Lanning scoring an unbeaten century. She helped the Aussies recover from 45/2, getting them home eventually. Australia have claimed their sixth consecutive win in the ongoing tournament. Here are the records.
How did the match pan out?
South African openers Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt shared an 88-run stand after Australia elected to field. The latter was their top scorer of the match (90). Skipper Sune Luus smashed 52 off 51 balls (6 fours). An unbeaten stand between Marizanne Kapp and Chloe Tryon powered South Africa to 271/5. Lanning led from the front as Australia chased the target with ease.
Only unbeaten side in the tournament
Australia won their sixth consecutive match of the ongoing Women's World Cup. They top the points table after defeating England, Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies, India, and South Africa. Australia remain the only unbeaten side in the tournament.
Lanning shines again!
Lanning played another captain's knock. She slammed her 15th century in ODI cricket and 10th in a run-chase. The Australian skipper smashed 135* off 130 balls with the help of 15 fours and 1 six. It is the joint-second-highest individual score in an ODI run-chase (equaled her score against WI in 2014). The top spot is also held by Lanning (152* vs SL).
Women's WC: Second-highest successful run-chase
Australia registered the second-highest successful run-chase in the history of the Women's World Cup. They recorded the highest successful chase in the previous match (278 vs India). The previous record was also held by Australia, who chased down 258 against Sri Lanka in 2017.
Notable feats of Lanning
Lanning raced to her third World Cup century off 92 balls. All three of these tons have come in run-chases. Notably, no other woman has registered more than one ton in the second innings (WC). It was Lanning's 10th century in an ODI run-chase. She has become the first woman to record 15 centuries in ODI cricket (97 innings).