Danni Wyatt hits quickfire half century as England eves win second Ashes T201 against Australia

Danni Wyatt’s explosive half-century, and England’s bowlers combined efforts ensured them a thrilling three-run win over Australia in the second T20I at The Oval on Wednesday, keeping the Women’s Ashes series alive.

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Seasoned batter Wyatt delivered a timely knock of 76 runs off just 46 balls, propelling England to their highest T20I score against Australia, as they reached 186/9. In response, Australia fell agonisingly short of the target, allowing England to maintain their slim chances of clinching the Ashes.

Australia currently lead the multi-format series 6-2, and for England to reclaim the Ashes, they must win the remaining T20I at Lord’s on Saturday and all three ODIs later this month against their fierce rivals.

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To retain the Ashes, Australia only needs to win one of the remaining four contests. Despite their stumble in south London, Australia are still in a favourable position to achieve that goal.

Wyatt, along with Sophia Dunkley (23), provided England with a solid start, forming a 57-run opening partnership. The dependable all-rounder Nat Sciver-Brunt (23) also contributed, ensuring that England set an excellent total on a batting-friendly pitch.

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In response, Alyssa Healy (37) and Beth Mooney (22) gave Australia a promising chance of chasing down the record total with a partnership of over 50 runs. However, England’s spinners, Sophie Ecclestone (2/35) and Sarah Glenn (2/27), put pressure on Australia’s strong batting lineup, slowing the run rate during the middle overs.

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Australia required 20 runs from the final over for a win. Experienced all-rounder Ellyse Perry (51 not out) smashed two huge sixes, providing a glimmer of hope. However, it was just not enough as England held on to secure the win and keep the race for the women’s Ashes alive.

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