26/02/2024

Alana King got the job done with ball instead of bat against Barbados. (Photo: cricket.com.au)

An early dismissal for Beth Mooney wasn’t enough to shake the Australian women’s cricket team against Barbados overnight in Birmingham.

The Aussies solidified their spot at the top of Group A and booked a semi-final spot after surviving a scare in the previous game against India.

Mooney found herself stumped after facing just six balls, walking after only two runs. But Meg Lanning held steadfast and built a strong partnership with Alyssa Healy to see the Aussies safely through.

Her 36 from 21 balls was a match highlight, but she was kicking herself in the field.

After Alana King’s game saving show with the bat against India, she showed off her prominent strengths with the ball in this match.

After she bowled Shakera Selman and Shamilia Connell back-to-back LBW, she was well and truly on for a hat trick. But Lanning let her teammate down, letting the catch barely slip through her fingers.

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“I wasn’t overly pleased, let’s put it that way,” Lanning told the 7 Sport coverage post-game.

“I was just disappointed for Kingy. She was bowling so well and to let her down like that was not ideal. But that’s cricket, I guess.”

King continued her phenomenal rise in this match, bowling a game-high four wickets from her four overs, giving up a run economy of just two.

After claiming a 15 run win over Pakistan, the Barbadian team didn’t go down without a fight against the world’s best T20 outfit.

While no batter scored over 18 runs, they batted out their full 20 overs, Alisa Scantlebury holding down the bottom of the order for 19 balls before Tahlia McGrath and King started the show.

Hayley Matthews was the standout for Barbados, hitting 18 runs off 13 balls, including four fours.

Australia is guaranteed a spot in the semi-finals, with one more game to play on Wednesday morning against Pakistan.

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