The previous match of Australia was against India, where they chased down the 278, which be came the highest successful run chase of all time in a World Cup. Australia were not clinical throughout the performance, they were sloppy sometimes yet they managed to cross the winning line. In the process, they became the first team to seal a spot in the semi-finals. Alyssa Healy has given a clear hint that they won’t slow down even if they have qualified already.
Aussies chased down 278 with three balls remaining. The chase became a little tighter in the end than it should had been. Aussies were cruising along before falling in to some obstacles. But Beth Mooney made sure to take the team successfully to the target. It must be pointed out here that Australia didn’t bowl to the best of their ability, giving away 24 runs in wides and also a dropped chance to in-form Harmanpreet Kaur.
Healy played a crucial role in building the platform for the win. Australian team have amazing batting depth, and they didn’t even have to use it completely, with Ashleigh Gardner not even required to bat.
Healy praises team’s batting depth and reliability
“It’s something that we pride ourselves on in this group, that ability to potentially win a game from anywhere and any situation,” Healy said. “When our backs are against the wall, we fight our way out of that and that’s exactly what you need in ODI cricket, exactly what you need in World Cup cricket.
You just need to find a way to win games. The first half of our game yesterday wasn’t perfect, [it] wasn’t disastrous, I thought potentially they could have put 300 on us – if we had been batting first we would have looked at that score knowing how good the wicket was – so it wasn’t perfect, which is probably a good thing. You don’t want to be playing your perfect cricket now. Just to be able to get the win the way we did was pleasing.
Having that confidence in what those top seven batters can do is really a free license for the rest of us to play the way we do,” Healy said. “We know that if we all come off on one day, it will be a ridiculous score and if we don’t come off, there are six other players who can come off. We know someone has our back if it doesn’t work, but if it does…we just keep going.”