Ellyse Perry's second ODI century powered Australia to 151-run win in the second ODI against West Indies in Antigua on Sunday, 8 September, thereby giving the visitors an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
For Australia, the most significant moment of concern came before play, as captain Meg Lanning was ruled out shortly before the toss by back spasms. It meant that all-rounder Erin Burns was awarded her ODI debut cap at the last minute, with Rachael Haynes stepping into the leadership breach.
Haynes completed her first job successfully, winning the toss and electing to bat, and though she only made 13, she was able to sit back and watch as each of the rest of her top five crossed the fifty-run mark. Alyssa Healy, as she so often does, gave Australia’s innings a blistering start before falling to Chinelle Henry for 58 off 43 balls, while Ashleigh Gardner was even more explosive, striking three sixes in her unbeaten 25-ball 57.
The defining partnership though came between Perry and Beth Mooney, as the duo anchored the innings, adding 129 runs for the third wicket, before Mooney retired ill due to heat stress.
Perry defied the conditions to score an unbeaten 112, hitting nine fours during her 118-ball stay at the crease to help Australia past 300 in the final over. She returned to claim the first wicket in the run-chase, pinning Stacy-Ann King leg-before.
Thereafter, the Australian bowlers, much like they did in the previous ODI, put up an collective effort, as eight bowlers were pressed into service and six found themselves in the wickets column. The hosts never looked like making a dent in the total, with only a slow 49-run stand for the third wicket between Kyshona Knight and Stafanie Taylor and a slightly quicker seventh-wicket stand of 57 between Sheneta Grimmond and Shabika Gajnabi preventing them from folding altogether.
They eventually finished on 157/8, just over halfway to the target, as Australia emerged victorious by 151 runs. With the series already being sealed by the visitors, there are still vital ICC Women’s ODI Championship points up for grabs, when the two teams face off again at the same ground on Wednesday, 11 September.
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