Matthews Sets New World Record with 132 Spectacular Shapes as West Indies Successfully Chase

In an electrifying T20I showdown at North Sydney Oval, the West Indies pulled off an astonishing world-record chase to defeat Australia, with a final score of 213 for 3, crushing Australia’s 212 for 6.

Captain Hayley Matthews led the charge, showcasing an exceptional performance. Initially, it seemed like Phoebe Litchfield’s remarkable feat of matching the fastest fifty in women’s T20Is off just 18 balls would be the talking point of the match. However, Matthews’s performance soon overshadowed that achievement.

Unlike her previous match, where she was stranded on 99, Matthews powered to a breathtaking century in just 53 balls this time. She eventually departed after a magnificent innings of 132 off 64 balls, which included four consecutive boundaries off Jess Jonassen in the penultimate over. This left the West Indies needing 9 runs from 7 deliveries, a task they successfully accomplished in the final over, thanks to Shemaine Campbelle and Chinelle Henry. Australia had to deploy an extra fielder inside the ring due to a slow over-rate.

Stafanie Taylor also played a crucial role in the chase, recovering from a sluggish start to score 59 off 41 balls. The Australian bowlers had no answers, and their dropped catches of Matthews on 30 and 87 proved costly. Matthews repeatedly exploited an unprotected off-side boundary, scoring 19 of her 25 boundaries on that side, with 77 runs coming from cover drives. In total, she scored 110 runs in fours and sixes.

This match turned out to be the highest-scoring women’s T20I in history, with a total of 425 runs. Matthews deservedly earned her seventh consecutive Player of the Match award.

The West Indies got off to a perfect start as Alyssa Healy was dismissed for a first-ball duck, brilliantly caught at backward point by Campbelle. Australia found themselves in dire straits at 7 for 2 when Tahila McGrath fell victim to a superb delivery from Matthews.

However, the home side recovered through a 70-run partnership between Beth Mooney and Ellyse Perry. Despite two quick wickets, leaving them at 89 for 4 when Litchfield walked in, the left-hander put on a stunning show. Her preference over Grace Harris at No. 6 raised some eyebrows, but Litchfield’s explosive performance justified the decision.

Litchfield announced her presence with a six off her second delivery and continued to unleash consecutive sixes, including one over deep backward square and another over long-off off Henry. She shared an explosive 66-run partnership off just 22 balls with Georgia Wareham, who contributed 32 off 13, leading to a power-packed finish that produced 88 runs from the last five overs. This late surge set a new record for runs scored in the final five overs when complete data is available. Astonishingly, Australia’s incredible batting display ended up in a losing cause.

Reference

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/west-indies-women-tour-of-australia-2023-24-1375853/australia-women-vs-west-indies-women-2nd-t20i-1375864/match-report

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