Meg Lanning and Tahlia McGrath light up WPL in 'ridiculous' display

The Aussie cricket stars are dominating the inaugural Women's Premier League in India.

Tahlia McGrath and Meg Lanning, pictured here starring for their respective sides in the WPL.
Tahlia McGrath and Meg Lanning starred for their respective sides in the WPL. Image: WPL

Meg Lanning has blasted a second-consecutive half-century to become the leading run-scorer in the Women's Premier League, while compatriot Tahlia McGrath registered the highest score of the competition so far on Tuesday. In the first head-to-head match-up of Aussie captains, Lanning's Delhi Capitals team defeated the UP Warriorz - led by Alyssa Healy.

Lanning continued her rich vein of form, smashing 70 off just 42 balls while opening the batting for the Capitals. Fellow Aussie Jess Jonassen hit an unbeaten 42 off 20 balls as Delhi made a whopping total of 4-211 in their 20 overs.

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The Warriorz' chase fell well short, finishing on 5-169. But McGrath threatened to cause a huge boilover with an incredible knock of 90 not out off just 50 balls - the highest score of the WPL so far.

McGrath also showed why she's one of the best all-rounders in world cricket, chipping in with the wicket of Shafali Verma. But it was her heroics with the bat that stole the show and lit up the cricket world on Tuesday.

Healy opened for the Warriorz and hit her first two balls for four. However she became one of three wickets for player of the match Jonassen, dismissed for 24 off 17 balls.

"She definitely hits me a lot in the nets so good to get one up over her," said Jonassen. "Always enjoyable to play fellow Australians."

Healy's dismissal was the first of three wickets in six balls that left the Warriorz in deep trouble. Despite McGrath's extraordinary innings they were unable to recover and lost by 42 runs.

"It didn't quite go to plan," Healy said after the match. "We gave away a few too many in the field. T-Mac (McGrath) was a lone hand with the bat. She was amazing. We just needed someone to go at more than a run a ball with T-Mac."

Meg Lanning and Tahlia McGrath star in WPL

Sent in to bat in Mumbai, Lanning failed to score from her first four deliveries. She hit her fifth and seventh balls for boundaries and had scored nine of her first 12 balls.

But she then drove Shabnim Ismail over long-on for six, opening the floodgates for the runs to flow. McGrath dismissed Lanning's opening partner Verma for 17 with her third ball, but Lanning flew to to a 32-ball 50 with a top-edged six.

Rain then intervened with the Capitals at 1-87 off nine overs and Lanning on 53 not out. After a 20-minute break play resumed, but after hitting Sophie Ecclestone for successive fours, Lanning was bowled by Rajeshwari Gayakwad on 70.

Meg Lanning, pictured here in action for the Delhi Capitals in the WPL.
Meg Lanning in action for the Delhi Capitals in the WPL. (Photo by Pankaj Nangia/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Jonassen and Jeminah Rodrigues (34 off 22) made the most of some dropped catches by the Warriorz to add a massive 58 runs off the last four overs. McGrath ended with 1-37 off three overs.

Lanning, who is currently the leading run-scorer in the tournament, said: "I've always loved opening in T20 cricket, I think it is the best place to bat. I'm thoroughly enjoying batting in India."

The prospect of Australia's Harris sisters facing off failed to materialise due to restrictions on how many overseas players can be used by each team. The Capitals decided to omit Laura and the Warriorz left out Grace, despite the latter's heroics earlier this week when she smashed 22 off the final over to see her side to victory over the Gujarat Giants.

Nevertheless, Lanning and McGrath were the talk of the cricket world after the match. Many noted how the Aussies have continued their domination after winning the T20 World Cup recently.

with AAP

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