Bangladesh’s tournament all but over with 86-run thrashing by Australia

Australia have registered a 86-run thumping win over Bangladesh on Thursday at the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020. With the win, the title holders keep their chances for a semifinal berth alive.Bangladesh's tournament all but over with 86-run thrashing by Australia

Skipper Meg Lanning won the toss and opted to bat first at Manuka Oval in Canberra against a team they had never met in international cricket.

Alyssa Healy (83 from 53 balls) and Beth Mooney (81 not out) put on 151 for the first wicket, a record T20 opening partnership for Australia’s women’s team. This opening stand was central to the victory, powering Australia to a massive score of 189.

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It was Australia’s second-highest total at the Women’s T20 World Cup as they racked up 30 runs in the final two overs.

In reply, Bangladesh tottered and tumbled their way to a sorry 103/9 to concede back-to-back defeats in the tournament, having lost to India by 18 runs in their tournament opener on Monday.

Bangladesh’s tournament is now all but over, winless with two matches to play, while the hosts could still be knocked out at the pool stage if they lose to New Zealand this coming Monday.

Australia’s net run rate, though, got a huge boost from the Bangladesh win, taking them well ahead on that front after the Kiwis lost to India by just 3 runs earlier the same day.

Brief scores: Australia 189/1 in 20 overs (Alyssa Healy 83, Beth Mooney 81*) beat Bangladesh 103/9 (Fargana Hoque 36; Megan Schutt 3/21) by 86 runs.

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