Rachel Haynes    Getty Images
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Australia made it two from two in the ongoing Women s Ashes. They won the second ODI by 75 runs (DLS method). England, chasing 285 to win in 46 overs following a hailstorm, were bundled for 209 in 43 overs. Australian captain Rachel Haynes got a quickfire 56-ball 89 not out, her career-best ODI score. Nicole Bolton (66), Alyssa Healy (56) and Ellyse Perry (67) chipped in with crucial contributions as well.

In response, England fell like a pack of cards. Barring Katherine Brunt s 52, none of the batters could withstand the Australia storm. Megan Schutt was on top with figures of 4 for 26. With this win, Australia have also earned four points in the new ICC Women s Championship.

Australia innings

Australia posted their highest team total in five years and their second-highest score against England. Their highest against England remains 299 for 2 at Newcastle in 2000.

After a blistering 98-run stand between Bolton and Healy, Perry joined hands with Bolton and kept the momentum going. The duo added 63 runs for second wicket before Bolton was scalped by Alex Hartley.

The highlight for England was their fielding. The two-handed full-dive catch by Heather Knight at point to dismiss Elyse Villani for 1 grabbed eyeballs. Jenny Gunn proved to be vital bowler for England with 4 for 55.

The rest of the innings belonged to Haynes. She teamed up with Perry to put up 87 to take Australia past 250-run mark. Haynes innnings consisted of 9 fours and 3 sixes.

England s unpleasant chase

As soon as England began their chase, hailstorms paved their way. When play began, Megan Schutt trapped Lauren Winfield LBW for 2. In the third over, the rain returned, thereby reducing the overs and the target.

Australia soon lost the services of Perry after she bowled back-to-back waist-high full-tosses. She was pulled out of attack by on-field umpire Claire Polosak.

Schutt then covered it up with another wicket of the opener Tammy Beaumont, who fell in the same fashion as Winfield. England s spirits were lifted, courtesy Sarah Taylor and Knight s 57-run stand.

Then cricket-lovers were treated to a slice of history when Healy and McGrath joined hands. Tahlia McGrath s off-cutter outfoxed Sarah Taylor, and Alyssa Healy made no mistake.

There was no shining armour for Knight this time. She was dismissed for 36 shortly afterwards. Fran Wilson and Brunt s 68-run stand kept England s hopes alive until Perry s spectacular catch in the deep handed Schutt her third wicket. Wilson fell for 37.

Brunt s lone battle consisted of 5 fours and a six. Schutt then bagged her fourth wicket to send her back. Anya Shrubsole tried to revamp the England innings with her 14-ball 21, but the target was too steep. Beams and Jess Jonassen combined took 4 wickets between them, and Australia won comfortably.

Brief scores:

Australia 296 for 6 (Nicole Bolton 66, Rachel Haynes 89; Jenny Gunn 4 for 55) beat England 209 (Fran Wilson 37, Katherine Brunt 52; Megan Schutt 4 for 26, Kristen Beams 2 for 38) by 75 runs (DLS method).

Player of the Match: Rachel Haynes.