Record knock: Meg Lanning. Photo: Ken Irwin
Meg Lanning has etched her name into the history books after smashing the highest individual score in women's Twenty20 history, as Australia flexed their muscles with a record-breaking 78-run win over Ireland.
Lanning became just the third woman, and the first Australian, to pass three figures in a T20 international, smashing the Irish attack to all parts of the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on her way to a superb 126 off 65 balls.
Two-time defending champions Australia, who came into this clash with a 1-1 record, posted 4-191 - setting Ireland an improbable target of 192.
Australia's total was the highest ever in a women's WorldT20 match, surpassing New Zealand's 5-180 against the West Indies in 2010, and Ireland were never in the hunt - finishing at 7-113.
"The records are not something you think about. But it all sort of seemed to fall into place," Lanning told AAP.
"They certainly are special records. It's nice for those records to tumble.
"I think I'll look back on that later but we're in the middle of a World Cup at the moment so that's my main focus really."
It is the Southern Stars' second win on the trot, after losing their opener against the undefeated New Zealand team.
It keeps them in the hunt for a semi-final spot, but a win is still required in their final group match against Pakistan.
"It was a really good convincing win for us," she said.
"We've got a lot of confidence heading into our final game.
"We've got a bit of momentum now with both bat and ball."
The 78-run margin of victory was also the biggest in women's World T20 history.
Erin Osborne (2-29) and Ellyse Perry (2-17) were the pick of the bowlers, but Lanning had already done the damage in the first 20 overs.
She was dismissed with the second last ball of the innings, but not before thrashing a record 18 fours and four monster sixes - while putting on an 86-run second-wicket partnership with opener Delissa Kimmince (35) and 83-run effort with Alex Blackwell (12 off 12).
Lanning, who at 22 is the youngest male or female captain of Australia, brought up her century with a boundary off Ireland's 14-year-old medium pacer Lucy O'Reilly.
In doing so she bettered the previous high score by an Australian, an unbeaten 96 by Karen Rolton against England in 2005, before passing Shandre Fritz (116) to take the top individual batting honours by a woman in a T20 international fixture.
She also became the first Australian woman to pass 1000 career T20 runs.
THE RECORDS WHICH TUMBLED IN MEG LANNING'S STUNNING 126 AGAINST IRELAND:
- First Australian female to score a T20 century
- Highest-ever score by an Australian female in T20 (previously 96 no by Karen Rolton against England in 2005)
- Highest ever female T20 score (previous record was 116no by South Africa's Shandre Fritz)
- First Australian female to pass 1000 T20 career runs
- Australia's 4-191 is highest-ever World T20 score in the women's game, passing New Zealand's 5-180 against West Indies in 2010.
- Most fours (18) by a female in T20 internationals
- Most combined boundaries (22, consisting of 18x4s, 4x6s) by a female in T20 internationals.