ESPNcricinfo Awards 2023 – Women's T20I Batting Winner – Hayley Mathews, 132 vs Australia, Sydney

Andrew McClashon

Hayley Mathews' 132 against Australia, Women's T20 Batting Performance of the Year

The West Indies captain's innings in Sydney was adjudged the Women's T20I batting of the year.

132 vs Australia, 2nd T20I, Sydney

It was an amazing display of batting from the West Indies captain. Australia piled on 212 for 6, and even in the run-scoring paradise that North Sydney Oval usually provides, it was a daunting prospect for the visitors. However, Mathews sounded a note of caution before the match with an unbeaten 99 off 74 balls.

What happened this time was breathtaking: she flew the world's best bowling attack to all corners, handling the ball where she wanted – though the Australians fed her strength outside the off-stump.

His fifty came from 26 balls and his century from 53 runs T20I Chasing World Record. Mathews put on 174 off 88 balls for the second wicket with Stephanie Taylor, and although he fell out of work, his teammates managed to fight out the last nine runs for a famous win.

Hayley Mathews' 132 was the highest individual score in the women's T20 chase. Good pictures

Key moment

On 30, in the seventh over, Mathews surged towards deep point, where Megan Shutt spilled the chance. At that point, West Indies' victory still looked like a long shot, but soon, Mathews changed that. Just before the midway mark, he went into overdrive with a series of stunning shots. 32 runs came in the ninth and tenth overs and it was game on.

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132 Mathews' highest individual score for West Indies in women's T20Is.

1 number of women He scored a century and took three wickets in a single T20I Before Mathews did in this game. Deepika Rasangika from Bahrain topped the list in 2022.

110 Number of runs scored by Mathews in his innings with fours and sixes.

What did they say?

„I don't think any days of cricket have beaten that. The captaincy of the team has helped me take responsibility for my game – learning my game and learning more from playing T20 cricket on the road.”
Haley Matthews

„I think it's an unbelievable knock… She's in some serious form. She gave us some chances and we let ourselves down in that department, it's hard to knock a player like that, especially in T20s, to expect you're going. Get over it.”
– Alyssa Healy, Australia wicket keeper in the match

Closest competitors

Beth Mooney
74 not out South Africa, T20 World Cup final, Cape Town
Mooney stood up again when it mattered for Australia – in the World Cup final. He capped the innings with a 53-ball 74 as Ash Gardner struggled to find top gear. He scored his last 25 off ten balls. It was enough for them to retain and earn their sixth T20I title.

ESPNcricinfo Awards 2023

Andrew McClashon is Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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