Women's World Twenty20 2014: Meg Lanning record sinks Ireland
|Women's World Twenty20 Group A, Sylhet:|
|Australia 191-4 (20 overs) beat Ireland 113-7 (20 overs) by 78 runs - Scorecard|
|New Zealand 167-3 (20 overs) beat Pakistan 108-7 (20 overs) by 59 runs -Scorecard|
Captain Meg Lanning hit a world record 126 as Australia cruised to a 78-run win over Ireland in the Women's World Twenty20 Group A game in Sylhet.
Lanning hit 126 off 65 balls, including four sixes and 18 fours, to set a new top score in women's Twenty20 cricket.
Ireland never threatened to reach Australia's 191-4 and they slipped from 51-1 to 108-8 before ending on 113-7.
Isobel Joyce top-scored with 28 as Ireland lost their second straight game after Tuesday's defeat by New Zealand.
Elena Tice claimed the wicket of opener Alyssa Healy to leave Australia on 21-1 but Delissa Kimmince (35) and Lanning took control to set an imposing target.
Lanning was finally removed by Isobel Joyce, with Eimear Richardson also taking a wicket, while Claire Shillington ran out Alex Blackwell.
Ireland opener Emma Flanagan was dismissed with just three runs on the board before Shillington (22) and Isobel Joyce put on a 48-run partnership.
However, the wickets started to tumble and with a modest run-rate the chance of a shock result started to fade.
Tice added 19 runs while Erin Osborne and Ellyse Perry each took two wickets as Australia made it two wins from three games in Group A.
In the later game, New Zealand recorded their third successive win as skipper Suzie Bates led from the front with an unbeaten 94, adding 83 for the first wicket with vice-captain Sophie Devine (44) as the White Ferns posted 167-3 from their 20 overs against Pakistan.
In reply, Pakistan never looked like threatening an upset as they finished on 108-7, losing by 59 runs.
Ireland will take on South Africa in their third match on Saturday.