Sophie Molineux shines in first ODI since 2021 as Australia cruises to victory over Bangladesh to fasten up sequence

Australia all-rounder Sophie Molineux has made a triumphant return to 50-over international cricket in a six-wicket trouncing of Bangladesh.

Molineux, in her first ODI since 2021, claimed 3-10 from 10 overs to help bowl Bangladesh out for 97 in 44.1 overs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday.

In reply, Australia cruised to 4-98 in 23.5 overs to take a two-nil lead in the three-game series.

Molineux returned to the Australian set-up last month for the first time since October 2021 after suffering a foot stress fracture and then a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in a knee.

After being overlooked for game one of the Bangladesh series, the 26-year-old on Sunday produced a top-shelf spell of left-arm spin bowling which included five maiden overs.

Molineux claimed three of the initial five wickets to fall and Bangladesh at one stage had slipped to 8-61 in the 32nd over.

Her feats came as Megan Schutt (1-7 from six overs), Ashleigh Gardner (2-22 from 10), Georgia Wareham (2-26 from eight) and Alana King (1-15 from six) collectively overwhelmed the Bangladeshi batters.

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