Another dominant performance by Lendlease Breakers and Southern Stars all-rounder Ellyse Perry has helped propel Australia into the Women’s World Cup semi-finals.
Perry scored 60 not out in just 67 balls with eight fours as Australia easily ran down India’s 7-226 to win by eight wickets with almost five overs to spare at Bristol on Wednesday.
It was Australia’s fifth victory in six matches, leaving it second on the table behind England on net run rate.
Perry. combined with skipper Meg Lanning (76 not out) in an unbeaten 124-run partnership to set up the comfortable victory.
“Ellyse and I enjoy batting together and we knew that if we were quite positive and attacking then we would be able to get our momentum going,” said Lanning, who now has 328 runs in the tournament at an average of 109.33, despite missing a game with a shoulder injury.
“It got easier to bat the longer we were out there, and I’m still feeling pretty good batting with the shoulder – it’s an ongoing thing that I’m dealing with, but I know I can still contribute to the side.”
Perry also has a tournament batting averages of more than 100 and is the only player to reach 50 four times.
Earlier Perry claimed 2-37 as Australia’s bowlers contained the strong Indian batting line-up, giving her seven wickets to go with 311 runs at 103.66.
It was also a special game for fellow Lendlease Breaker Alyssa Healy, who became the fourth member of the team to play 50 one-day internationals.
Australia’s remaining pool match is against South Africa on Saturday.