Australia v WI, 3rd Women’s T20, Melbourne Lanning, Healy give Australia series

Alyssa Healy made an unbeaten 25 off 12 to pull Australia home with one ball to spare in the third women’s T20 international against West Indies in Melbourne. Australia wrapped up the series 3-0 with one match remaining as captain Meg Lanning led the chase of 150 with a 35-ball 51.

Elyse Villani contributed 28 at the top of the order but it was Lanning who provided the innings momentum, striking eight fours as she took Australia past 100. However, Anisa Mohammed sent back Jess Cameron and Ellyse Perry in successive overs after Lanning was bowled by Shanel Daley. Alex Blackwell followed for a slow 19 as Australia were reduced to 6 for 120, needing 30 off 16.

Healy stepped up, hitting a six and two fours off her first five deliveries to bring the asking-rate back under control. Erin Osborne hit the first ball of the 19th over for four to make it 12 needed off 11 and Australia eased home after that.

West Indies had made 6 for 149 after choosing to bat, with Stafanie Taylor striking 11 fours and a six in scoring 78 off 58 upfront. Shemaine Campbelle struck 24 off 13 at the death, while Rene Farrell and Sarah Coyte picked up two wickets each.

The fourth T20 will be played on Sunday in Sydney before the four-match ODI series starts next week.