Australia women sweep Pakistan women 3-0 in T20Is
Alyssa Healy hit an unbeaten 67 in the Southern Stars' 3-0 sweep of Pakistan. (file photo)

The Australian women’s cricket team has underlined its tag as the No 1 team in women’s T20Is by completing a 3-9 sweep of Pakistan women in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, a dominant showing ahead of next month’s ICC World T20 in the Caribbean.

Led by Rachel Haynes in the absence of Meg Lanning, who was ruled of the match with a minor lower back injury, Australia beat Pakistan by nine wickets at Kinrara Academy Oval. Set a target of 98 after Amy Schutt’s 2/15 helped restrict the opposition to 97/8, Australia were taken home with 58 balls remaining thanks largely to Alyssa Healy’s 67 not out from 51 balls.

Healy put on 60 for the opening wicket with Beth Mooney and sped to her second fifty of the series – and third in the last five T20Is – from 34 balls. She hit 10 fours and two sixes to finish the chase.

Also contributing for the Southern Stars were Delissa Kimmense (1/12 in four overs) and Ashleigh Gardener (0/8 from three) as Pakistan were restricted during their innings. Healy nailed a direct hitting the third over to run out Javeria Khan before a 49-run partnership between Bismah Maroof and Aliya Riaz was snapped with Sophie Molineux effected a run-out.

Brief scores: Australia Women 98/1 in 10.2 overs (Healy 67*) beat Pakistan Women 97/8 in 20 overs (Maroof 34, Schutt 2/15) by nine wickets