Women’s Cricket World Cup: Meg Lanning’s century keeps Australia unbeaten in five-wicket win over South Africa | Cricket News

Australia captain Meg Lanning scored her 15th ODI century to help her side claim victory over South Africa and maintain their tournament unbeaten streak; defeat ends Proteas’ participation in the competition; every match of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup is live on Sky Sports

Last update: 03/22/22 07:55

Meg Lanning celebrates after reaching her century in Australia’s win over South Africa

Meg Lanning struck an unbeaten 135 from 130 balls to lead Australia to a five-wicket win over South Africa in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.

The result allowed Australia to remain undefeated in the tournament, while ending Proteas’ participation.

South Africa’s Laura Wolvaardt fell 10 points in a century as her side set a target of 272 wins in Wellington, but they fell short of an imperious Lanning as she steered Australia to a dominating win that ensured they would not finish lower than second in the group stage.

After being batted, Wolvaardt and Lizelle Lee reached 88 runs for the tournament’s highest opening partnership in South Africa before Lee fell lbw to Alana King.

Lara Goodall, who came on for a struggling Tazmin Brits, timed the ball well but was only able to make it 15 before providing King with a routine catch on Annabel Sutherland’s bowling.

Wolvaardt and Sune Luus went 91 for the third wicket as Wolvaardt reached his fourth consecutive World Cup half-century. However, the first would eventually fall on Ashleigh Gardner for 90.

Luus went shortly after following a quick 52-from-51 shot, with Tahlia McGrath taking her second catch of the day – this one much simpler than the catch to dismiss Wolvaardt.

Mignon du Preez was then fired for 14 following a superb catch from Gardner, but Marizanne Kapp (30 off 21 balls) and Chloe Tryon (17 off nine balls) added valuable points in the closing stages as as South Africa reached 271- 5 from their 50 overs.

Australia started their chase equally positively, taking 14 runs from the first two overs before Alyssa Healy (5) was caught by Trisha Chetty past Shabnim Ismail. It brought Lanning to the crease, however, and alongside vice-captain Rachael Haynes put Australia in a solid 45-1 position after the power play. Haynes then went for 17, with du Preez taking a great hold on Tryon’s bowling.

Lanning was generally ruthless in his quest to lead his side to victory, taking on World Cup debutant Tumi Sekhukhune as she brought home 52 from 57.

Sekhukhune made amends on the court, producing a direct hit to eliminate Beth Mooney – beating at four in place of injured Ellyse Perry – for 21 years, but Lanning elevated his 15th Century ODI with a four against Ayabonga Khaka, strengthening her hold on the more than hundreds in women’s ODIs.

After being dropped twice, McGrath was finally caught by Kapp for 32 on Ismail’s bowling and Gardner would then go for 22 as Tryon grabbed a second wicket. However, Australia were still comfortable at 241-5 with 10 overs remaining, and Lanning was there at the end with Sutherland hitting the winners to claim their sixth win in as many games.

And after?

Every match of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup is broadcast live Sky sports.

South Africa face the pursuit in the semi-finals West Indies Wednesday evening (22:00 GMT), with Australia to assume Bangladesh the next day (22:00 GMT).

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