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Every record is imperious. Hayley Matthews inspires the West Indies to a stunning victory.

Every record is imperious. Hayley Matthews inspires the West Indies to a stunning victory.

Hayley Matthews continued her stunning run of form, and West Indies completed the highest-ever run chase in women’s T20Is.

Matthews hit a record-breaking century to help West Indies beat Australia’s target of 213 runs to complete the largest-ever run chase in women’s T20Is.

The red-hot Matthews blasted 132 runs off 64 balls to extend her incredible scoring streak, while West Indies won with seven wickets and one ball to spare.

Else Perry (70) and a record-equaling fifty from young gun Phoebe Litchfield (52*) put Australia in command as they amassed 212/6, but the reigning ICC Women’s T20 World Cup champions were unable to hold off the West Indies batting attack, led by Matthews.

In an imperious all-round performance that earned Matthews the Player of the Match award and another of several records to fall at North Sydney Oval, the West Indies captain also took 3/36 against a rampaging Australia batting line-up.

Matthews’ 132 is the highest individual score for the West Indies in a women’s T20I, surpassing Deandra Dottin’s 112* against South Africa at the 2010 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. The opener’s total is now the highest in the second innings of a women’s T20I, and the sixth highest overall.

7: Matthews’ blistering form has earned him the Player of the Match award in each of West Indies’ last seven T20Is. In that seven-match stretch, the 25-year-old has scored 452 runs at an average of 90.40 and a strike rate of 138.22, while also taking 15 wickets at 10.60 against Australia, Ireland, and Pakistan.

213: West Indies set a new record for the most successful run chase in women’s T20Is, becoming the first team to do so since England reached 199/3 against India in 2018.

West Indies reached their highest total in women’s T20Is, 213/3, after breaking the 200-run barrier for the first time in the format. It was also the first time a team scored more than 200 runs in a women’s T20I against Australia.

Australia and the West Indies scored 425 runs in a women’s T20I, setting a new record. It was also the first time two teams combined for more than 400 runs in the format, following India and England’s 397-run partnership in 2018.

174: Stefanie Taylor scored 59 runs off 41 balls to ensure Matthews’ performance was more than just a one-woman show, as the pair combined for the highest West Indies partnership in women’s T20Is. The total surpassed Matthews’ 162 runs with Chedean Nation against Ireland in 2019.


18: Australia’s batting prodigy Phoebe Litchfield had earlier set her own record for the fastest fifty in women’s T20Is. Litchfield matched the 18 balls required by New Zealand legend Sophie Devine to reach a half-century against India in 2015.

2: West Indies won only their second T20I match in 15 against all-conquering Australia, and their first since upsetting the defending champions in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final in 2016. In 32 women’s internationals, the West Indies have only defeated Australia three times.

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