Ellyse Perry lights up cricket world with epic display for Australia in 300th game

The 33-year-old led the Aussies to victory over India to level their T20 series.

Ellyse Perry.
Ellyse Perry starred for Australia in their win over India in the second T20. Image: Getty

Ellyse Perry has celebrated her 300th game in international cricket in fitting fashion, top-scoring and hitting the winning six as Australia beat India in the second T20. Perry made 32 not out off 21 balls on Sunday night, getting Australia home with an over to spare as they chased down India's total of 8-130.

The all-rounder hit two sixes and three fours in a classy innings, with her fifth-wicket stand with Phoebe Litchfield getting the Aussies across the line and levelling the series 1-1. Perry blasted a slog-sweep over the mid-wicket boundary to score the winning runs - the perfect way to cap off her 300th match for Australia across all formats.

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"It's lovely to get the win...a nice comeback for us," Perry said. "We got a bit of a what-for the other night. It was a superb bowling effort in the first innings. Kim (Garth) was sensational up front. Wickets are crucial in that power play. It was a difficult chase but a nice finish."

Alyssa Healy had put India in to bat after winning the toss, knowing that dewy conditions later in the match would make it easier for the Aussie batters. India could only muster 8-130 off their 20 overs, with only Deepti Sharma, run out off the last ball for 30, scoring more than 23.

Georgia Wareham and Annabel Sutherland were the pick of the Aussie bowlers, taking two wickets apiece for 18 and 17 runs respectively off their four overs. Garth was recalled for the match at the expense of Darcie Brown, and the Irish-born bowler immediately justified the decision.

She snared 2-27, dismissing the dangerous Shafali Verma and Jeminah Rodrigues. The only blot on Australia's performance was a dropped catch from Garth in the last over, which denied Megan Schutt what would have been a record 131st wicket in T20 internationals. She remains level with Pakistan player Nida Dar on 130 after taking 0-29 on Sunday.

Ellyse Perry, pictured here with Phoebe Litchfield after Australia's win over India in the second T20.
Ellyse Perry celebrates with Phoebe Litchfield after Australia's win over India in the second T20. (Photo by Pankaj Nangia/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Australia made a confident start in their run chase, cruising to 0-51 off seven overs. Healy holed out to deep mid-on for 26 off 21, and opening partner Beth Mooney fell two overs later for 20 off 29. Tahlia McGrath went for 19 off 21 balls, and when Ash Gardner was dismissed for seven India began to hope.

The Aussies were 4-99 with 34 needed of 26 balls. But Perry extinguished India's hopes to get her side to victory. Fans were delighted for the Aussie star in her 300th match.

Ellyse Perry hoping to play 400 games for Australia

Speaking before the game, Perry shot down any thoughts about retirement by suggesting she's hoping to play on to 400 games. "I don't know what's in store ... but if it's meant to be down the track and I'm still around playing ... I'm really open to what happens," she said.

"I don't have a set time frame on it. Either way it doesn't really matter, it's just another number. For as long as I can contribute to the team and it's something I find really motivating and enjoyable, I'd love to be here."

The 33-year-old added: "It's a great time for us, of evolution. You've seen a lot of that in the way that Phoebe Litchfield has performed in those one-day matches. Annabel Sutherland, her last 12 months.

"That's something we're incredibly conscious of - (to) maintain the success we've had, but equally evolve that, to look a little bit different in the way the team plays. The game is moving at such a rapid pace. There's a new environment. In a lot of ways the sky's the limit in terms of where it can go."

with AAP

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