Meg Lanning scored 48 runs off 49 balls as Australia eased to victory against Bangladesh ©Getty Images

Holders Australia won their second successive match at the Women’s T20 World Cup cricket tournament in South Africa as they beat Bangladesh by eight wickets.

After electing to bat first Bangladesh compiled 107 for seven off their 20 overs, with captain Nigar Sultana Joty hitting 57 runs off 50 balls, including seven fours and a six.

Joty became the first Bangladesh player to score a half century at a Women’s T20 World Cup, and with only one other batter reaching double figures, her knock ensured her side had a respectable total on the board.

Georgia Wareham was the pick of the Australia bowlers, taking three wickets for 20 runs off her four overs.

In reply, Australia captain Meg Lanning hit 48 off 49 balls as the defending champions eased to their target with ten balls to spare at St George’s Park in Gqeberha.

A second wicket partnership of 69 runs between Lanning and wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy saw Australia home and took them to the top of the Group One table, following a comfortable victory over New Zealand in their opening match on Saturday (February 11).

Two matches are due to take place in Group Two tomorrow, with West Indies taking on India, before Pakistan face Ireland, both at the Six Gun Grill Newlands in Cape Town.