Red-hot Healy secures T20I series for Australia women
Alyssa Healy (L) and Meg Lanning saw Australia through to an unassailable 2-0 lead. (Image: Cricket,com.au)

Australia women completed a series win over West Indies women with a smooth nine-wicket win in the second T20I on Monday. Alyssa Healy, who struck her fourth half-century in five matches starred with an unbeaten 58 off 43 to help Australia achieve an ordinary target of 98 with 33 balls remaining.

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WI women’s horror show with the bat continued. Put in to bat, they could only muster 97 as Australia’s bowlers strangled them with a disciplined showing. Kyshona Knight departed cheaply but despite the early blow, West Indies women reached to 47/1 with Britney Cooper scoring 39 off 33 balls with six boundaries and a six.

However, with the dismissal of skipper Stefanie Taylor, the wheels came off and Stacy-Ann King was trapped LBW by Ashleigh Gardner, Natasha McLean was run out without facing a ball and Reniece Boyce was dealt a golden duck. Chinelle Henry and Shabika Gajnabi were the only other two players to enter double digits and the West Indies’ total was kept to under 100.

Barring Ellyse Perry, every Australia women bowler picked up wickets with Jess Jonassen picking up 2/19.

Australia women raced to 44 in the Powerplay before Beth Mooney was dismissed last ball of the sixth over by Afy Fletcher for an 18-ball 8. But there would be no further respite for West Indies women as Healy and skipper Meg Lanning joined forces to add an 44 run-partnership and see the side through.

Healy peeled off 10 boundaries en route to her ninth T20I fifty. West Indies suffered another setback with Henry having to leave the field after sustaining a leg injury.

Brief Scores: Australia women 98/1 in 14.3 overs (Alyssa Healy 58*; Afy Fletcher 1-13) beat West Indies women 97/9 in 20 overs (Britney Cooper 39, Chinelle Henry 21; Jess Jonassen 2-19) by nine wickets