Australia women claim record-equalling 21st successive ODI win against New Zealand

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Australia women have defeated New Zealand counterparts in the third ODI by a margin of 233 runs at Alan Border field Brisbane. Australia had already won the series by winning the first two matches but there was a bigger incentive waiting for the third game.

Australian women were eyeing the record of 21 consecutive ODI’s win set by Ricky Ponting led Australian team. The margin of victory suggests that the mission was accomplished quite comfortably. The way they play their cricket it’s very difficult to beat them and the opposition team must outplay them or play at 120 per cent to have any chance of defeating them.

Their top-order batting is such that teams often lose half the match there only. Australian men’s team had set the record in 2003 of 21 consecutive wins and took 17 years to equal the record and that too by women counterparts. Australia lost Meg Manning to a hamstring injury but the incentive of equalling record was always in their minds and once Rachel Haynes led side were out to bat by Sophie Devine there was only one team that was calling the shots.

Healy and Haynes put up a 100+ partnership and players coming after ensured that the tempo was not lost and Australia reached 326 in 50 overs with Haynes top-scoring with 96. The match was as good as over for already demoralised NZ women’s team. They could not put up any sort of fight and were bundled out for 93 with Satterthwaite scored by 41.

All Australian bowlers chipped in with wickets. NZ would have been relieved that tour is over and the 3-0 whitewashes also meant that their winless streak against Australia goes up to 9 matches. Australian players should be proud of the record and also by fact that the newcomers like Sutherland, Mcgrath have done well with the chances they have got. One more victory and it will be a record set for winning streak and surely won’t be broken anytime soon.


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