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Australia Women wins T20I series 2-1

Seven-wicket win in final match fails to prevent England Women from walking away with the wooden ball courtesy a 10-8 series scoreline

Australia Women wins T20I series 2-1 - Cricket News
Rene Farrell returned career-best figures of 4 for 15 as Australia Women registered a seven-wicket win in the third and final T20I.
Australia Women registered a seven-wicket victory over England Women in the third and final Twenty20 International in Sydney on Sunday (February 2) to end the women’s ‘Ashes’ on a high note, even though England took home with the wooden ball having won the series 10-8.
Chasing a paltry 102, Elyse Villani and Alyssa Healy, the Australia openers, started in brisk fashion, knocking off 48 runs in nine overs. Although it lost three wickets after that, the strong start ensured that Australia remained well ahead of the asking rate. Villani was unbeaten on 36 while Alex Blackwell, who walked in at No. 5, hit two boundaries to take Australia home with nine balls to spare.
But it was Rene Farrell, the Australian medium pacer, who made an impact early on, dismissing Lauren Winfield and Charlotte Edwards, the England captain, inside the fourth over. When Lydia Greenway was dismissed for a golden duck, England was tottering at 15 for 3 after being asked to bat.
Natalie Sciver, the No. 5, top scored with 28 and was assisted briefly by Sarah Taylor, who made 22. Their fourth-wicket stand of 34, the highest of the innings, briefly gave England a glimmer of hope. But once Megan Schutt broke through with the wicket of Taylor in the tenth over, the lower order collapsed like a pack of cards. Farrell returned career-best figures of 4 for 15 as England huffed and puffed its way to 101 for 8 in 20 overs.
England needed wickets upfront to mount a serious challenge but, when that didn't happen, England was up against it.
Arran Brindle broke the 48-run opening stand by dismissing Healy, but even that didn't bring any relief as Meg Lanning blasted her way to 23 with three boundaries. England would have two more wickets but its disappointing show with the bat meant the bowlers had too much to do.
The win came as a significant boost for Australia, who won the One-Day International series and the T20I series with identical 2-1 scorelines, ahead of the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh next month. The two teams, incidentally, were the finalists in the tournament’s 2012 edition, where Australia emerged winners by four runs.

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