Hayley Matthews Shines Bright as West Indies Pull off Incredible Victory Against Australia in Thrilling T20I Showdown on October 2nd (Monday)
Choosing to bowl first, the West Indies, seeking redemption after a tough first match, couldn’t have asked for a more dramatic start in the second T20I. They left Australia reeling at 0-1 and then 7-2. As the game progressed, West Indies seemed to hold the upper hand at 120-5 in the 15th over. However, a stunning display of power hitting by Phoebe Litchfield, who blazed her way to an impressive 52* off just 19 balls, catapulted Australia to a formidable 212-6. This marked the fourth-highest T20I score in their history.
Yet, the star of the match was unquestionably West Indies‘ skipper, Hayley Matthews. She made her presence felt with the ball, picking up three wickets while conceding 36 runs. However, it was her batting prowess that truly stole the spotlight. Matthews played the innings of her life, a career-best 132 off 64 balls, which included an astonishing 20 fours and as many sixes. Along this incredible journey, she smashed records left and right, securing the third-highest run total in a women’s cricket innings among full members. Her 132 also stands unchallenged as the highest individual score in a women’s T20I chase, with Danni Wyatt’s 124 being the closest contender.
But Matthews’ achievements didn’t stop there. She joined an elite club of women’s players who have scored 100 runs and taken three wickets in the same T20I match, a feat previously achieved only by Bahrain’s Deepika Rasangika and Australia’s Glenn Maxwell from a Test-playing nation.
This match will be remembered not only for Matthews’ heroics but also for being a historic moment in women’s cricket. West Indies successfully chased down a daunting target of 200 runs, marking the first time a women’s team accomplished such a feat in T20Is. England’s previous record chase of 199 against India in 2018 was eclipsed by this remarkable performance.
Moreover, this victory against Australia was West Indies’ first in the T20 format since the 2016 T20 World Cup final, demonstrating their mettle against one of the strongest teams in women’s cricket. This win marked only the third time West Indies have defeated Australia in women’s cricket, with the last triumph dating back to an ODI clash in 2013.
The stage is now set for the third and final T20I in Brisbane on October 5, where fans eagerly await another thrilling encounter.
Hayley Matthews made her presence felt in an exciting T20I matchup between Australia and Sri Lanka on Sunday with an outstanding display, scoring an improbable 53-ball hundred and taking three key wickets en route. Matthews proved her brilliance beyond doubt!
West Indies were on a quest for redemption following their difficult opening match against Australia, so their dramatic start in the second T20I made for an electric start; leaving Australia reeling at 0-1, then 7-2 before eventually leading by 120-5 at 15 overs – setting up what could have been an epic matchup; however Phoebe Litchfield’s stunning power hitting propelled Australia past 120-5 for their fourth-highest T20I score ever of 212-6!
Matthews stole the show. Not content with her impressive bowling performance of three wickets while conceding just 36 runs, she delivered an unforgettable batting display – not content with scoring three wickets while conceding only 36 runs but instead going on a batswoman-blitz that saw 20 fours and sixes off 64 balls! Her career-best total of 132 set an unprecedented standard in women’s cricket as she created history by setting third highest run total among full members as well as highest individual score ever achieved during T20 chase chase – far surpassing Danni Wyatt who scored just 124!
Matthews added another remarkable feat to her resume with her success against Bahrain at T20Is; becoming only the second woman from a Test nation (after Deepika Rasangika from Bahrain and Australia’s Glenn Maxwell) ever to score 100 runs and take three wickets simultaneously during one T20I match.
This match will go down in history for its amazing play by Matthews as well as its significance to women’s cricket in general. West Indies conducted an astonishing chase to achieve a 200-run target – something no previous team in women’s T20Is had achieved prior to this amazing performance from West Indies which outdistanced England by their previous record held prior to this historic performance by West Indies.
West Indies were victorious against Australia – an accomplished force in women’s cricket – for only the third time ever; winning back-to-back T20 matches since 2016 T20 World Cup final was an indicator of resilience and determination against one of cricket’s premier rivals; last time being in 2013 during an ODI fixture between them. It showed their resilience and mettle against these formidable foes with only their second victory coming against Australia since 2013 occurring during an ODI match up between them both.
Now is the time for another thrilling T20I in Brisbane on October 5, as fans eagerly anticipate another unforgettable match-up between Australia and South Africa in this T20 tournament. Fans should prepare themselves for another spectacular experience!