West Indies captain Hayley Matthews smashed an incredible century to lead her team to the highest run chase in women’s T20I history, reeling in a target of 213 to level the three-game series against Australia at North Sydney Oval.
Matthews’ magnificent 64-ball 132 featured 20 fours and five sixes, and was the seventh consecutive player-of-the-match performance from the Windies skipper.
Australia had earlier posted a mammoth 6-212, with Phoebe Litchfield hitting the equal-fastest fifty in women’s T20 Internationals (28 balls), but Matthews stole the show in an innings that will be remembered as one of the greatest in women’s cricket history.
The win was just the second time that the West Indies have defeated Australia in a T20I, and the first since the 2016 T20 World Cup final.
The series finale will be played at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field on Thursday night, and is shaping up to be a thrilling decider.
Here are some key takeaways from the match:
- Hayley Matthews’ century was one of the greatest innings in women’s cricket history.
- The West Indies’ run chase of 213 was the highest in women’s T20Is.
- The match saw a record 425 runs scored at North Sydney Oval.
- Australia’s Phoebe Litchfield hit the equal-fastest fifty in women’s T20 Internationals (28 balls).
- The Windies’ victory was just the second time that they have defeated Australia in a T20I, and the first since the 2016 T20 World Cup final.
It is going to be exciting to see how the series finale at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field on Thursday night plays out.