Women’s World Cup: Australia captain Meg Lanning lauds openers after dominant win over West Indies
Women’s World Cup: Australia captain Meg Lanning hailed openers Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes on Wednesday for their outstanding efforts as Australia defeated West Indies by 157 runs to advance to the final of the ongoing ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022.
In a rain-curtailed game that was eventually reduced to 45 overs, Healy hammered 129 from 107 balls and Haynes struck 85 from 100 deliveries as the openers put up 216 runs for the first wicket to help Australia reach 305/3.
“I thought Healy and Haynes set it up nicely for us. West Indies bowled really well upfront. I thought we planned it well and set a really good base. We felt that the first hour was really important. We’ve played here a number of times on a fresh wicket,” said Meg Lanning in a post-match presentation.
“The way Healy and Haynes played was great, they left a lot of balls which is important in these conditions. We often speak about how to make maximum use of our batting line-up. And today it meant sending her (Gardner) up the order,” said Lanning.
Healy and Haynes put on a sensational partnership, smashing West Indies bowling to put on the third-highest opening stand in Australia’s WODI history.
“Yes, it was (almost the perfect game). Anytime you win a semifinal, you got to enjoy the moment but we were quite good in all departments. We don’t mind whoever we face to be honest, both are really good teams and we’ll be watching tomorrow’s game,” she added.
West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor scored 48 runs on her lone hand in pursuit of 306. While Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews each hit 34 runs at the top of the order. As Australia cruised home, though, they received little encouragement from the rest of the world.