Heather Knight propels England Women’s team to victory in Super over against Australia
Super-Over seems to be the flavor this season as yet another T20 International went down to the wire with 40-overs not able to distinguish between the teams. This time around, it is the England women’s team who went past their rivals in the Women’s T20I tri-series down-under.
Facing defeat against the Indian women’s team in the opening match of the tournament, the English team received a major jolt with early wickets, after losing the toss and made to bat first. Powered by Ellyse Perry’s fine opening spell, the visitors were reduced to a 39-3 by the ninth over.
It was their captain Heather Knight who weathered the early storm and took her team to a respectable total of 156, with her hard-hitting knock of 78 off just 45 deliveries. Her inning laced with eight boundaries and three maximums at a remarkable strike-rate of 173.
The captain was ably supported by Fran Wilson, who scored a quickfire knock of 39, providing the finishing touch to the English innings. However, it was Australia’s star all-rounder, Perry, who stole the show for the hosts with her miserly spell, conceding only nine in her four overs, with a wicket in her tally.
Gathering momentum from the late flourish, the England women’s team constantly chipped in with wickets to apply pressure onto the hosts. Apart from their opener Beth Mooney, none of the batters looked to challenge England’s first inning score.
Mooney anchored the Australian chase with her 45-ball 65, adding nine boundaries and a maximum to her tally. Natalie Sciver and Sarah Glenn ran through the Australian batting order, with only Mooney providing some resistance.
A late onslaught from Annabel Sutherland and Delissa Kimmince kept the interest of the viewers in the chase. It all came down to the last over, where Sophie Ecclestone managed to defend 11 runs, with scores tied.
Ecclestone, then, managed bowl a splendid super over, conceding only 8. A couple of strikes from Heather Knight was enough to seal the deal for the visitors.
England Women Innings 156-4 (20)
Heather Knight 78(45)
Ellyse Perry 1-9
Australia Women Innings 156-8 (20)
Beth Mooney 65(45)
Natalie Sciver 2-33
Sarah Glenn 3-28
Match tied (England Women won the super over)