Greenway keeps a cool head to lead England home in tight chase

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Lydia Greenway guided England Women to victory for the second consecutive match as they beat Australia by five wickets in a Twenty20 international in Melbourne.

Greenway struck an unbeaten run-a-ball 30 to see England past Australia's 99 for 3 with two balls to spare. England now lead the five-match series 2-0 ahead of the final three games in Canberra.

Greenway had also achieved the top score with 39 not out in Wednesday's successful chase in Adelaide, and was the backbone of another well-paced pursuit.

England had been in some discomfort at 56 for 4, before a 43-run stand between Greenway and Jenny Gunn (19) settled the match.

Gunn fell with the scores level in the final over from Ellyse Perry to leave Heather Knight to seal the win with a straight drive that deflected off the bowler.

Greenway said: "I just tried to keep calm and concentrate on what we had to do. It's great to be in form and playing well, and fantastic to win at such an impressive ground.

"We missed a few in the field today. All the girls have the skill, I think it must just have been nerves. It's a massive statement to come out and back up Wednesday's performance, so we'll be looking to carry this momentum forward to Canberra."

England's bowlers shared just three wickets between them in Australia's innings but the hosts were unable to find the boundaries on a difficult pitch that had been covered for the majority of the day due to rain.

Shelley Nitschke was the best for the hosts with 27 off 30 balls while Danielle Hazell, Holly Colvin and Gunn shared England's wickets.

* Organisers of the World Cup are working overtime to ensure timely completion of two Indian venues. Work is going on at a frenetic pace at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and Eden Gardens in Kolkata just weeks ahead of the start of the tournament on 19 February.

The playing area is not a concern at either venue but a lot has had to be done in adhering to International Cricket Council standards for special areas, seating and other facilities for spectators. Mumbai hosts two matches on 13 and 17 March and the final on 2 April. Kolkata will host its first match on 27 February, followed by three more matches.