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England defeated in Tri Series as Australia skittle Knight's side for just 96

England Women suffered a first defeat of their T20 Tri Series campaign after a meagre batting effort against Australia

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Australia beat England in Mumbai (file picture)

T20 Tri Series, Mumbai: England Women 96 (Kimmince 3-20), Australia Women 97-2 - Australia win by eight wickets

England Women suffered a first defeat of their T20 Tri Series campaign after a meagre batting effort against Australia.

Having been inserted after losing the toss, Heather Knight's side stumbled to 96 all out, their second lowest total in T20 internationals.

That left a fairly routine chase for the Aussies, whom England had beaten earlier in the tournament.

Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning saw Australia home with eight wickets and eight-and-a-half overs to spare.

The English top order, which had performed so impressively in victories over both India and Australia earlier in the competition, ran into trouble early on.

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Delissa Kimmince took three wickets (file picture)

Danielle Wyatt, scorer of a rapid century against India at the weekend, was caught by Amanda-Jade Wellington off the bowling of Jess Jonassen for six and Amy Jones managed only four before being dismissed by Perry.

Tammy Beaumont and Nat Sciver soon followed and, when Knight was sent on her way by Wellington for a duck, England were 40 for five.

It was a position from which they were unable to recover. Aussie captain Lanning used seven bowlers, rotating her attack with remarkable potency.

Two bowlers who completed just one over each - Wellington and Ashleigh Gardner - both finished with a wicket, and among England's batters only Alice Davidson-Richards got beyond 17.

England were bowled out with 14 balls still to face.

In reply, Sciver struck quickly to remove Alyssa Healy and Sophie Ecclestone removed Elyse Villani to leave Australia 12 for two but Perry made an unbeaten 47 from 32 balls and Lanning 41 not out from 28 to steer their side home.

 

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