Australia Women clinch series with win over Pakistan

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The Australia Women’s Cricket Team claimed a 150-run win in the second One-Day International against Pakistan in Malaysia.

Defending 7-273 thanks largely to a Meg Lanning century, Australia made a strong start with the ball claiming three early wickets to have Pakistan 3-37.

The wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as Sophie Molineux (4-14) and Ashleigh Gardner (2-4) spun their way through the Pakistan middle-order. Fast bowler Megan Schutt (2-25) was also damaging with two wickets, while Ellyse Perry finished with 1-33 as Australia bowled Pakistan out for 123.

Australia won the toss and elected to bat earlier in the day but things didn’t go to plan, with Alyssa Healy (16), Nicole Bolton (28) and Ellyse Perry (8) all dismissed, leaving the visitors 3-54 in the 18th over.

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Captain Lanning (124) and vice-captain Rachael Haynes (79) came to the crease and combined beautifully in a 181-run partnership and swung the momentum in the tourists favour.

Lanning’s century was her 12th in ODI’s and first against Pakistan, while partner Haynes brought up her ninth ODI half-century; the duo helping Australia take its total past the 250-mark.

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