Australia wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy is likely one of the greatest on this planet, be it males’s cricket or girls’s. Aside from being an agile keeper behind the wickets, she is as efficient as a batter on the high of the order — just like countryman Adam Gilchrist.
Healy, spouse of cricketer Mitchell Starc, created a file for many dismissals in T20Is — 92, surpassing India’s MS Dhoni in a sport towards New Zealand. In 114 matches, Healy has 42 catches and 50 stumpings to her title, whereas Dhoni ended his profession on 91 dismissals — 57 catches & 34 stumpings.
What makes Healy’s file much more praiseworthy is that she has maintained an enormous hole from the following keeper when it comes to variety of dismissals. The subsequent girls’s keeper within the checklist is England’s Sarah Taylor with 74 dismissals. Whereas India’s Taniya Bhatia can also be rising up the ranks at a good velocity and has 67 dismissals from simply 50 matches.
Earlier, sensible performances from Ashleigh Gardner and Megan Schutt helped Australia defeat New Zealand by 17 runs within the first T20I of the three-match sequence performed on the Allan Border Discipline on Saturday. With either side enjoying worldwide cricket for the primary time for the reason that ICC T20 World Cup in March, it was the skilled hand of White Ferns skipper Sophie Devine who elected to bowl first, and claimed three/eight from her first three overs to depart the Australians reeling at 81/5.
Nevertheless, Gardner, who got here to bat at quantity 5, performed an outstanding knock of 61 to assist the hosts publish 138/6 of their allotted 20 overs. The 23-year-old batswoman scored 6 fours and three sixes throughout her 41-ball knock. Aside from her, skipper Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes additionally made helpful contributions for 24 and 23 because the hosts set a aggressive goal for the White Ferns. Chasing the goal, the guests had a good begin as openers Devine (29) and Maddy Inexperienced (5) placed on 27 runs for the primary wicket. Nevertheless following their dismissals, the White Ferns went off the monitor and stored shedding wickets at common intervals, thus unable to maintain up with the required run-rate.