Australia destroyed New Zealand by 232 runs in the women’s third one-day international, equaling the world record of 21 consecutive ODI wins set by Ricky Ponting’s all-time men’s team in 2003. After pushing their way to 325 for five of their 50 overs at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field, the Australians then pitched New Zealand for just 93 to record their biggest ever win against the Kiwis. Australia dominated all aspects of the match from the start, with Rachael Haynes (96) and Alyssa Healey (87) showing an opening partnership of 144. Annabel Sutherland (35), Ash Gardner (34) and Beth Mooney (29 not out) microchipped to set an impressive goal for the visitors.
New Zealand was never on the hunt, especially after they lost Captain Sophie Devine in the first over to a duck.
There was some resistance from Amy Satterthwaite, who hit 41 of 49 balls, but the rest of the New Zealand line-up meekly folded to give Australia an easy win.
Captain Meg Lanning, who had slept from Wednesday’s game with a hamstring strain, said hitting the world record was a special achievement.
“It’s a really special effort, especially over a long period,” she said.
“To win 21 in the trot is something to be very proud of, and the way we’ve swept this series has given us a lot of fun.”
The win gave Australia a 5-1 overall series win, with the New Zealanders winning the third T20 international on September 30.
Haynes, who filled in for Lanning as captain on Wednesday, was named player of the series after a string of high scores.
“I thought the Kiwis were starting to bowl well,” she said. “The great thing about this soil is that the longer you spend in the middle, the easier it gets.
“It was great to create a platform from which to launch at the end.”
Devine from New Zealand was bitterly disappointed after the game.
“It’s a tough one – I thought in the second game we showed that we can compete with the best in the world,” she said.
“We just didn’t show up today.”
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