Australia Women began their first-ever multi-format tour of the Caribbean Islands as they recorded their biggest ODI win over West Indies of 170 runs. Alyssa Healy (122) and Meg Lanning (121) rescued their side after losing Rachael Haynes on the first ball of the innings.
The duo aimed to push their team to a huge total with a 225-run partnership for the 2nd wicket as the Aussies finished with 308/4. Skipper Stafanie Taylor scored an unbeaten 70 in the chase while the remaining batters failed to get to even 20. The home team was eventually bowled out for 130 in 37.3 overs.
All the statistical highlights from Australia Women’s thumping win to start their tour of West Indies:
Raising the batting standards in the Caribbean:
308/4 – Australia’s total of 308/4 is the first 300+ total ever in Women’s ODI cricket in the West Indies. The home team’s total of 292/5 against South Africa last year is the previous highest Women’s ODI total in this part of the World.
2 – Alyssa Healy’s 122 and Meg Lanning’s 121 are the 2nd and 3rd highest individual Women’s ODI scores in the West Indies. The highest is recorded by Stafanie Taylor when she scored an unbeaten 135 against New Zealand in 2013.
122 – Healy’s 122 is also the highest individual score by an opener in Women’s ODI cricket where the other opener got out for a duck.
The previous highest was 120 by Sarah Taylor in the 2009 Chelmsford ODI against Australia where he opening partner Caroline Atkins got out for an 8-ball duck.
Lanning’s record hundred:
76 – Innings Meg Lanning needed to score her 13th century in ODI cricket; the fewest by any player across Men’s and Women’s ODI cricket. Hashim Amla was the previous quickest reaching it in 83 innings. In fact, Lanning is the only player to score more than ten ODI tons in Women’s cricket.
6 – Lanning now has scored at least one ODI century in six different countries – Australia, England, New Zealand, India, Malaysia and West Indies. She and Suzie Bates are the only Women with ODI centuries in six different countries.
Starting off with a wicket:
1 – Rachael Haynes of Australia and Natasha McLean of West Indies got out on the first ball of respective innings. This is the first known instance of a wicket of the first ball in both the innings of an ODI. (When data is recorded)
Overall, this is one the 2nd known instance of the wicket on the first ball of both innings in Men’s or Women’s ODI cricket. The 1993 Cape Town ODI between Pakistan and West Indies recorded the first such instance.
3 – Only the 2nd time three of West Indies’ top four bagged ducks in a Women’s ODI. The other such instance was against New Zealand in the 1997 CWC. Overall, this was the 14th instance of three players out of top four getting out for a duck in a Women’s ODI innings. Australia were the bowling side in five of those 14 instances.
The record partnership:
225 – The 225-run partnership between Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning is the highest for the 2nd wicket after the first wicket fell on the very first ball of the innings in ODI cricket. (Men/Women)
Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar added 220 for the 2nd wicket during the last year’s ODI against Zimbabwe after Liton Das got out on the first ball of the chase. These two are only 200+ stands for the 2nd wicket after the losing a wicket on the first legitimate ball of the innings.
1 – The Healy-Lanning pair’s 225-run stand is the first 200+ partnership ever in Women’s ODIs in the West Indies. The previous highest partnership in this part of the World is 176 also for the 2nd wicket between Hayley Matthews and Stafanie Taylor against South Africa last year.
This is also Australia Women’s 2nd highest ODI stand for any wicket. Karen Rolton and Lisa Sthalekar added 244 for the 3rd wicket during the 2005 Dublin ODI against Ireland.
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