Australia defeated defending champions England in a thrilling contest on Saturday in the ongoing ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022.

Aussie opener Rachael Haynes shined with the bat, smashing a remarkable century to take her team to a competitive total after England won the toss and asked Australia to bat first. Haynes lit up the Seddon Park in Hamilton and hit 130 off 131 deliveries with the help of 15 boundaries.

Captain Meg Lanning also sizzled with her scintillating batting display. The right-handed batter scored 86 off 110 balls, including seven fours and a maximum to take the Australian total to 310/3 in their allotted 50 overs.

In reply, England managed to take the game to the final over, needing 16 runs to pull off a victory. But Australia’s experienced campaigner Jess Jonassen ruined the English plans by conceding only three runs while bagging a couple of wickets as well.

Natalie Sciver and Tammy Beaumont shimmered with their batting performances, but it wasn’t enough as their side lost the contest by 12 runs. Beaumont smashed 74 off 82 balls with the help of seven boundaries before Alana King dismissed her.

Sciver, on the other hand, remained unbeaten on 109 from 85 balls, including 13 boundaries, as England managed to reach 298/8 in 50 overs. For the Aussies, King bagged three wickets for 59 runs in her quota of 10 overs.

In another match, Bangladesh were comfortably set on their way to script the massive upset at the mega-showpiece event, but Ayabonga Khaka, with her sensational 4/32, triggered a middle-overs collapse of 39/5 to help South Africa register a memorable triumph.

Bowling first, Bangladesh bundled out the Proteas for just 207 in 49.5 overs, thanks to a splendid bowling display by Fariha Trisna, Jahanara Alam, and Ritu Moni. While Trisna (3/35) bagged a three-wicket haul, Alam (2/28) and Moni (2/36) bagged two wickets each. For South Africa, Marizanne Kapp (42) and Laura Wolvaardt (41) were the top scorers.

In response, Bangladesh got bundled out for 175, losing the contest by 32 runs. Sharmin Akhter (34) and skipper Nigar Sultana (29) made some contributions, but it wasn’t enough to take their team over the line.

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