Alyssa Healy shatters world record, scores highest women's T20I score; surpasses Brendon McCullum en route
Australia Women on Wednesday continued their dominance over Sri Lanka Women as they posted a mammoth target of 226 for 2 in the ongoing 3rd T20I match at the North Sydney Oval. It was Aussie wicketkeeper-batswoman Alyssa Healy who stole the thunderstorm with her blistering knock of 148 not-out off just 61 deliveries to help Australia Woman post a mountainous score on the board.
With her unbeaten century, Healy broke a plethora of records while also posting the highest women’s T20I individual score surpassing teammate Meg Lanning’s score of 133 not-out which she had scored in July 2019. Interestingly, Lanning was at the non-striker’s end when Healy went past her record. Healy’s confidence while batting was shooting over the roof and she danced down the track to break Lanning’s record of highest T20I score by a woman.
148 runs. 61 balls. 19 fours. 7 sixes.— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 2, 2019
Here’s how @ahealy77 broke a world record! #AUSvSL | @CommBankpic.twitter.com/ug3BCN6LYo
Healy smashed 19 boundaries and seven sixes en route to her unbeaten 148 in Sydney and thus became the first-ever woman wicket-keeper to score a T20I century. Healy also posted the 4th highest individual score (both men and women). Only Aaron Finch (172), Hazratullah Zazai (162*) and Finch (156) are ahead of Healy when it comes to highest individual score in T20Is. The Aussie gloveswoman took just 46 deliveries to bring up her century.
WHAT A PLAYER! Alyssa Healy has her maiden T20I hundred, and it's the the fastest ever T20I ton by an Australian woman or man - coming off just 46 balls!— Australian Women's Cricket Team (@AusWomenCricket) October 2, 2019
Healy’s 148 not-out is also the highest score by a wicket-keeper in T20Is. The Aussie stumper surpassed former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum’s score of 123 which he scored against Bangladesh in 2012.
Her 148* is the highest ever T20I score by a woman.— Australian Women's Cricket Team (@AusWomenCricket) October 2, 2019
Alyssa Healy, ladies and gentleman! #WatchMepic.twitter.com/57x4I2N9KZ
Talking about the ongoing 3rd T20I between Australia Woman and Sri Lanka Woman, the hosts couldn't get the desired start as they lost opener Ben Mooney (14) for cheap, however, Healy stitched a 109-run partnership with Rachael Haynes (41). Following Haynes’ departure, it was Healy who played some outrageous strokes to pile misery on the Sri Lanka Women’s bowling attack. Healy scored her runs all over the park.
Australia Women have already won the three-match T20I series by winning both the first two by 41 runs and nine wickets respectively. It would be interesting to see how Sri Lanka Women’s approach while chasing the mammoth target of 227 runs.