Australia 182 for 4 (Lanning 74, McGrath 70) beat Ireland 119 for 7 by 63 runs
When McGrath was dismissed in the final over it gave her a T20I batting average for the first time – the small matter of 247. She had struck 11 boundaries in her 45-ball stay having arrived in the fifth over when Beth Mooney clubbed a loopy full toss to mid-on after the early dismissal of Alyssa Healy lbw playing across a straight delivery.
Australia had been held to 39 for 2 from the powerplay but the eighth over marked a change of gear when Lanning twice picked up Arlene Kelly over the leg side for six. Seven out of the next eight overs went for double figures while overall Australia managed 100 from the second half of their innings.
Lanning and McGrath matched each other: the captain’s fifty came from 31 balls with McGrath’s coming off 30 deliveries, having at one stage been 11 from 12 balls.
However, Australia’s wide count was again high as they conceded 15 meaning their tally for the three matches is now 47 runs from wides.
They have one more match left in the series, against Pakistan on Saturday, which will likely determine who finishes top of the table.