Sydney: Alyssa Healy set a world record for the highest score in women’s Twenty20 cricket as Australia posted a mammoth 2-226 in the third and final match of the series against Sri Lanka at North Sydney Oval.
Healy batted through the innings to end unbeaten on 148 off just 61 balls.
The opener reached the world record with a six in the penultimate over, eclipsing teammate Meg Lanning’s previous mark of 133 set against England only two months ago.
Having celebrated her 100th T20 international two days ago, Healy comfortably passed her previous personal best of 90.
Opener Healy was at her free-flowing best on Wednesday as she scored the fastest T20 half-century by an Australian, and the second quickest ton in women’s international T20 matches.
Healy brought up her 50 off 25 balls, and then motored to her ton off just 46 deliveries with a swashbuckling knock studded with 19 boundaries and seven sixes.
Record knock: Alyssa Healy’s 148 not out took just 61 balls.
Record knock: Alyssa Healy’s 148 not out took just 61 balls.CREDIT:GETTY IMAGES
Looking to wrap up a clean sweep of the series Australia, raced to 100 in the 11th over for the loss of opening match centurion Beth Mooney (14).
A 109-run second wicket partnership finally came to an end when Rachael Haynes departed for 41 off the bowling Sri Lanka captain Chamari Atapattu (2-27), but there was no respite as Healy maintained her assault.