The Australian women achieved the record streak of 21 ODI wins set by Ricky Ponting’s team in 2003 with a 3-0 win over New Zealand.
Australia Women’s v New Zealand Women’s 3RD ODI Highlights
A 232-run win at Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Wednesday October 7th, the biggest win against New Zealand and the fifth on their all-time list, ended a period of domination that began in 2018.
Skippered in the absence of an injured Meg Lanning, Rachael Haynes missed a century but led a standout batting performance by posting 325/5, a record amount for Australia versus New Zealand.
After Suzie Bates was banned from the series due to an injury, skipper Sophie Devine fell for her first ball on her first duck since 2009 and her batters never quite got out of the blocks, New Zealand’s chase was quickly over. All six Australian bowlers took at least one wicket to bundle the opponents for 93.
A clean sweep for Australia 🔥
They have defeated New Zealand by 232 runs!
This is their biggest victory over New Zealand in women's ODIs and their fifth biggest overall.#AUSvNZ SCORECARD ▶️ https://t.co/oE8HT7sayE pic.twitter.com/N6APUNLGv7— ICC (@ICC) October 7, 2020
The first couple of Haynes and Alyssa Healy, first featured on the series for the first time in the series, built a century booth. Healy expanded her reach after her half-century, taking advantage of the outfield players’ opportunities to go to an 87 run-a-ball.
Annabel Sutherland, already promoted to 3rd in her second ODI, took the time to relax with the start of the 41st over and ready for a definitive upturn.
Haynes wasn’t there for that, however. She had beaten 10 fours and two sixes to reach 96 when caught just a hit from Kerr a century away. It fell to Ash Gardner (34 of 20), Beth Mooney (29 * of 19), and Tahlia McGrath (29 * of 11, who played her first international since 2017) to add 104 runs in the last 10 overs.
13 boundaries already in Alyssa Healy's 82 👀 pic.twitter.com/WiGZd1BMXi— ICC (@ICC) October 7, 2020
A tough question about New Zealand was made more difficult when Megan Schutt hit in the first half and Sophie Molineux took Devine briefly in the middle of the field. Natalie Dodd was soon knocked out by Sutherland’s short ball and Kerr was bowled off debris in two consecutive overs.
Amy Satterthwaite unfolded some nice strokes to the limit on her way to 41 of 49 balls but had little support at the other end. When they became the fifth wicket, falling with only 54 on the board, New Zealand’s challenge fell away and they were knocked out in 27 overs.
All Schutt, Molineux, Jonassen, and Gardner ended with two wickets each, while Sutherland and Georgia Wareham had one.