Alyssa Healy, who became only the second Australian women’s cricketer to play a 100 T20Is recently, made it a week to remember in her 101st T20I with an unbeaten 148 off 61 balls against Sri Lanka and set a world record for the highest score in women’s T20 cricket. This was also her maiden century in T20I cricket.
Australia, with the help of that brilliant century posted a massive 226/2 as they eventually went onto win the match by 132 runs and the three-match series by a margin of 3-0 at the North Sydney Oval in North Sydney. Sri Lanka, in response, could only manage 94/7 in their allotted overs and succumbed to a heavy defeat.
Healy, who eclipsed teammate and captain Meg Lanning’s 133 against England on her way to the record, did so with a huge six in the penultimate over of the innings. She smashed 19 boundaries and seven maximum’s on her way to the world record score.
Healy was at her free-flowing best against the Lankans and also brought up the fastest T20 half-century by an Australian, and the second quickest ton in women’s international T20 matches.
The opener completed her half century off just 25 balls, before accelerating and reaching the triple figure mark of just 46 deliveries, going past her own highest score of 90 too.
Looking to wrap up the series in style Australia, raced to 100 in the 11th over for the loss of opening match centurion Beth Mooney (14).
A 109-run second wicket partnership finally came to an end when Rachael Haynes departed for 41 off the bowling Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu (2-27), but there was no respite as Healy maintained her assault.
In response Sri Lanka never got off to a good start with Megan Schutt striking the first blow. Chamari Athapaththu (30) and Harshitha Madavi (28) stitched together a 46-run partnership after that before Nicola Carey removed them both and paved the way for a big win.
Carey finished with figures of 3/15 while Tayla Vlaeminck, Schutt and Georgia Wareham took a wicket each to derail the Lankan cause.