News International – CANBERRA: The tightly-contested Women’s Ashes got a fitting finale as England clinched the T20I leg of the series 2-1 to level the scoreline at 8-8 after an impressive four-wicket win in the high-scoring thriller at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Tuesday (November 21).
- It was a tale of like parallel forces as openers from both parties – Australia’s Beth Mooney and England’s Danielle Wyatt – notched up their maiden T20I centuries to light up the final contest.
- Eventually, though, it was Wyatt’s that made all the difference as England registered the highest successful chase in women’s T20Is by overhauling Australia’s 178 with an over to spare.
- Knight, Jenny Gunn and Sophie Ecclestone all came under the attack as Mooney raced to her hundred with the penultimate ball of the 19th over, joining her regular skipper Meg Lanning as the only centurions for Australia in the format.
- Riding on the momentum, Jess Jonassen ripped open England’s top order with two wickets in her opening burst to derail their chase rather early.
- Brief scores: Australia 178/2 in 20 overs (Beth Mooney 117*, Ellyse Perry 22*; Katherine Brunt 1-25) lost to England 181/6 in 19 overs (Danielle Wyatt 100, Heather Knight 51; Jess Jonassen 2-25) by four wickets.