2nd ODI – Ellyse Perry’s maiden ton helps Australia claim 2-0 series lead at Karen Rolton Oval Adelaide

Australia 247/7 (50)
Ellyse Perry 107* (110), Alyssa Healy 46 (75) Amelia Kerr 30-3 (7)
Beat
New Zealand 152/10 (38)
Sophie Devine 47 (59), Amy Satterthwaite 37 (54), Katie Perkins 48 (68) Jess Jonassen 27-5 (8)
By 95 runs

2nd ODI - Ellyse Perry's maiden ton helps Australia claim 2-0 series lead at Karen Rolton Oval Adelaide

A century and a fifer – those major milestones in a game of cricket were instrumental in Australia securing a massive 95-run victory over New Zealand in the second ODI at Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide. In the process, they won the Rose Bowl trophy.

The Silver Ferns opted to bowl after calling the coin toss right. Openers Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes put on a brisk 47-run opening partnership in the Powerplay, with Healy the more aggressive of the two.

Then Haynes (16 from 26) and captain Meg Lanning (3 from 8) fell in consecutive overs to Sophie Devine and Hayley Jensen respectively. Healy started slowing down at the other end before she was clean bowled by Anna Peterson for 46 from 75 balls. Australia were 85-3 in 22.5 overs at the stage.

Her dismissal brought Beth Mooney to the crease. Together, Mooney and Perry stabilized Australia till the 40th over and took the score past 180. Along the way Perry brought up her fifty off 76 balls. 

Amelia Kerr was brought back into the attack in the 42nd over. It was an over of mayhem. First Mooney was caught at mid-wicket to depart for 42 runs from 52 balls. Then Elyse Villani was pinned on the front foot by an almost yorker-length delivery for a 2-ball duck. On the last ball, Ashleigh Gardner was bamboozled by a vicious googly which upset her wickets, bails and all. She had to depart in possession of a golden duck.

In the space of 6 balls Australia were reduced to 183-6 while Perry looked on at the other end. Jess Jonassen joined Perry. They were to be the milestone makers of the match. They counter-attacked with a 44-run stand off just 35 balls.

Jonassen (16 from 19) perished when she became a tad too ambitious attempting a reverse sweep to be trapped lbw to Peterson. Meanwhile Perry was still 5 short of a century by the end of the 49th over.

On the penultimate ball of the ultimate over, Perry swiped across to deep mid-wicket and was duly dropped by the fielder to bring up her maiden ODI century (a startling stat). Next ball a full toss was dispatched beyond the boundary to make matters worse for the Kiwis. Australia finished on 247-7.

New Zealand lost a couple of wickets in the Powerplay. Perry’s fine match continued when she had Suzie Bates inside-edging onto her stumps for 11 from 26. Lauren Down (4 from 5) was adjudged lbw to an incoming delivery by Megan Schutt.

Amy Satterthwaite and Devine fought back with a 67-run partnership. Jonassen bagged the first of her five scalps when she had Devine pinned lbw for 47 runs from 59 balls. Yet another batter fell lbw. This time it was Katey Martin (5 from 9) to Georgia Wareham.

Lbw seemed to be theme of the day as Katie Perkins (12 from 28) too was caught singing to its tune by Jonassen. A terrible mix-up in the same over saw Satterthwaite just fall short of her crease to be dismissed for 37 from 54 balls. New Zealand were in the mire at 119-6.

Only Jensen offered some resistance thereafter scoring 21 from 26 deliveries. Jonassen mopped up the tail to claim her second career fifer. New Zealand were all out for 152 in 38 overs and Australia continued to maintain their stronghold over the Rose Bowl – the trophy they have been winning since 1999. Ellyse Perry was the Player of the Match.

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