Australia trounce England to meet India in the finals of Women T20I tri-series

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Australia trounce England to meet India in the finals of Women T20I tri-series
Australia Women qualify (Image Source: Twitter)

Australia have acquired a place in the finals of the ongoing Women T20I tri-series after bulldozing the England batting line-up to win the contest by 16 runs at Junction Oval in Melbourne on Sunday.

The Meg Lanning-led side were also down and out in batting as they could only post 132-7 in their allotted 20 overs. Opener Beth Mooney was the highest scorer (50 off 40 balls) and the only batter to smash half-century. Lower-order batter Rachael Haynes played a handy knock of 24 off 21 balls.

However, the sub-par score proved to be vital for the Aussies as left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux (3-19) and pacer Tayla Vlaeminck (2-18) never allowed the English batters to settle and make partnerships in their chase.

At one stage, England were 53-3, and all of a sudden, they went down to 70-6. All-rounder Katherine Brunt and wicket-keeper batter Lauren Winfield did show some fight as the duo scored 23 each towards the end. However, it wasn’t enough as the Heather Knight-led side could only post 116-7 and lost the game.

Australia will now face India in the final on Wednesday (Feb 12) at the same venue.

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