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Elyse shines for Aussies

Sylhet: Australia women have almost ascertained a spot in the World T20 semi-finals after their 94-run win against Pakistan.

Openers Alyssa Healy and Elyse Villani put together 61 for the first wicket.

Villani with her unbeaten 90, anchored the innings after Healy departed and, in the company of Meg Lanning, boosted Australia to a mammoth 185.

A solid opening stand of 57 off 68 balls was the only bright spot for an otherwise shaky Pakistan.

Javeria Khan and Bismah Maroof, the openers, were also the only batsmen to score in double figures.

Javeria’s wicket in the 13th over was followed by a slide, which saw Pakistan slump from 61 for one to 91 for nine.

In another match, Ireland campaign fizzled out after they crashed to a third successive loss, going down by 86 runs against South Africa.

Summarised Scores

Australia Women 185/2 in 20 ovs (E. Villani 90 not out). Pakistan 91/9 in 20 ovs (S. Coyte 3/14). Australia won by 94 runs

South Africa 165/5 in 20 ovs (L. Lee 43). Ireland 79 in 15. 1 ovs (S. Ismail 3/5). South Africa won by 86 runs