Women’s World Cup 2022: Beth Mooney saves the day, Australia vs Bangladesh score, cricket news
Australia survived an almighty scare in their final World Cup group stage, with Beth Mooney once again saving the day.
Australia survived a major scare in their final Women’s World Cup group stage, with Beth Mooney guiding the tournament favorites to a five-wicket victory over Bangladesh in Wellington.
In a wet contest at Basin Reserve, Mooney scored an unbeaten 66 to help Australia pursue the target of 136 runs with 65 deliveries to spare.
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Earlier, the Aussies were reeling at 3/26 in the 10th chase when Bangladeshi all-rounder Salma Khatun took three wickets in the Powerplay.
Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes were each cheaply removed by the Pakistani tweaker, who claimed his best ODI numbers since 2017.
Lanning, playing on her 30th birthday, was eliminated clear for a duck – her second of the tournament so far.
Salma, meanwhile, became the first bowler in ODI history to dismiss Haynes, Lanning and Healy in the same match.
Australia were still 95 points from goal when Tahlia McGrath was trapped on the front cushion for 3, with versatile Ash Gardner returning to the sheds shortly after to leave the Aussies desperate at 5/70.
But Mooney and young all-rounder Annabel Sutherland steadied the ship, combining for an undefeated 66-race partnership to secure victory.
Mooney, who is currently averaging 112.50 in the World Cup with a 90.36 completion rate, was named player of the match for her 75-ball response in windy conditions.
“(Salma) was super impressive, obviously she took three poles up front, so every time someone new came out I would say she was the main threat that we had to cancel,” Mooney said after the Victoire.
“She’s a trickster, she has a lot of shifts and can really settle on a length, what we let her do a bit is settle on us more than we normally would with this wind blowing. also plays a role.
“(Rescue acts) come with the job of hitting numbers 4 or 5 on this team. I don’t often spend much time in the middle because this higher order is so good and has been doing such a good job for a long time. But I know that if I step into these situations, it’s my job to follow through and bring people with me.
“To play under these conditions and to be able to learn from it and to have this kind of pressure that leads us to a semi-final is absolutely essential for this group.
Earlier in the match, Australian spinners Jess Jonassen and Gardner each grabbed two wickets to help limit Bangladesh to 6/135 from their 43 overs.
Incredibly, it was the first time Australia and Bangladesh had faced each other in women’s ODIs.
Australia finish the group stage of the 50+ tournament unbeaten, with Lanning’s side named as favorites to lift the coveted trophy next month.
The Aussies have won 38 of their 40 ODI games since the shock 2017 World Cup semi-final, including a record 26 consecutive wins between 2019 and 2021.
Ellyse Perry was unavailable for Friday’s match due to back spasms she suffered earlier in the week, but the versatile superstar is expected to return for the semi-finals, which start on Wednesday.