Alyssa Healy has burned New Zealand after they dropped a sitter off the opener in Australia’s win at the women’s World T20 tournament.
Put down on just 11 runs in the third over, Healy went on to score 53 runs – a sixth half-century in her last eight T20 internationals – as the Aussies stumbled to 7-153 off their 20 overs.
Healy was dropped at point by Kiwi star Amelia Kerr after floating a drive high up in the air.
She hit six boundaries after that point, adding to the score even as Beth Mooney (26 runs off 24 balls) and Meg Lanning (an uncharacteristic five off just six balls) fell around her.
The opener was eventually clean bowled attempting a flick off the bowling of Hannah Rowe.
Despite the low total, Australia’s balanced bowling attack came to the fore in the 33-run victory.
Megan Schutt took three wickets, Sophie Molineux and Delissa Kimmince claimed two scalps each and Ashleigh Gardner got the key wicket of Suzie Bates lbw for 48 runs.
The win secured Australia’s spot in the semi-finals.
Healy’s impressive innings followed her 48 runs off 29 balls in the opener against Pakistan and a record-setting 56 off 31 against Ireland.
In the latter match she reached her 50 off just 21 balls, the fastest half-century in women’s World T20 history.
Rachael Haynes’ late charge of 29 runs off 18 balls boosted the Aussies.
South African’s stunning reprieve
Marizanne Kapp was the beneficiary of one of the strangest incidents seen in a major international tournament when she looked to have been dismissed by Sri Lanka’s Udeshika Prabodhani at the women’s World T20.
Kapp played and missed a pitched-up delivery that clipped the outside of her off stump, which lit up after the contact.
However, to the astonishment of the Sri Lankan team and commentators, both bails remained seemingly unmoved on top of the stumps as Kapp was given the most fortuitous of reprieves.
“Well at that pace how can it hit the stumps and (the bail) not come off?” Nasser Hussein asked in commentary.
“Wow, you know it’s your day when the ball hits off stump and you’re still batting the next delivery.”