“From Vadodara to Bay Oval” – that is what they are saying at the moment. The phrase has a legitimate reason and it’s sweeping over social media. Australia has defeated New Zealand in the 1st ODI with a whopping 6 wickets victory and has broken the record of their male counterpart in regard to the longest winning streak of 22 matches in ODI.

Rachael Haynes,  said: “It will probably be one of those things we will reflect back on and are really proud of the achievement.” Haynes, who became the ‘Player of the Tournament’ in the ODI series against the White Ferns also said, “It’s been across the course of a few years and I think 20-odd players have been a part of it and contributed to the success. It’s a really special achievement.”              

1. Mar 12, 2018 – 1st ODI, Vadodara: Australia (202/2) beat India (200/10) by 8 wickets

After their successful campaign in the 2017 World Cup and against South Africa in their own backward, India hosted Australia. They had defeated Australia in the WC, based on Harmanpreet Kaur’s 171, and were boosted with Confidence. In Vadodara, however, India was bunded out on 200 against the Australian Spin attack. Jess Jonassen (4/30) and leg spinner Amanda Wellington (3/24) rattled the Indian batting line up and reduced them to 113 for 7.

It was only the half-century from Pooja Vastrakar (51) and a fighting 41 from wicketkeeper Sushma Verma that salvaged the Indian pride. In reply, Australia rode on Nicole Bolton’s dominating century to win the match by 8 wickets with almost 17 overs to spare. Aussie left-handed opener became Player of the Match for her 100*.

2. Mar 15, 2018 – 2nd ODI, Vadodara: Australia (287/9) beat India (227/10) by 60 Runs

Indian bowlers displayed a better performance compared to the previous match and picked up 9 Australia wickets, but Ellyse Perry hit an unbeaten 70 while Beth Mooney scored a whirlwind 54 from 40 balls. Prior to that Nicole Bolton continued per touch from the previous match to help Australia to reach a total of 287. Indian seamer, Shikha Pandey picked up three crucial wickets while Poonam Yadav picked up 2.

Indian batting line up was boosted after their skipper Mithali Raj finds herself back in the side. Smriti Mandhana hit an entertaining 67 which included 12 fours and a six but didn’t get the support from the other end. India was all out on 227 and thus helped Australia to win the series with a match to spare. Jess Jonassen and Amanda Wellington showed with the ball once again while Ellyse Perry showed her all-round abilities by picking up 2 wickets as well. Bolton has again adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’.

3. Mar 18, 2018 – 3rd ODI, Vadodara: Australia (332/7) beat India (235/10) by 97 Runs

Alyssa Healy, who was kept quiet by the Indian bowlers, lit up the dead rubber with her 133 while Australia accumulated their highest score against India. Apart from Healy, the Australian middle-order too played its part in form of Rachael Haynes and Beth Mooney. Indian spinner felt helpless in front of the deadliest onslaught, and their inefficiency compared to the Australian spinners turned out to be the deciding factor for Australian domination.

In reply, Ash Gardner picked up three wickets and was supported by Megan Schutt to restrict India 97 runs before the desired target. Though Jemimah Rodrigues, who had made her debut in the series score 41 and Smriti hit her 2nd half-century in this series, it was not enough to save India from a clean sweep. They added 101 runs in 13 overs before losing their wickets to Ash Gardner in consecutive deliveries.

4. Oct 18, 2018 – 1st ODI, Kuala Lumpur: Australia (95/5) beat Pakistan (95/10) by 5 wickets (DLS method)

Playing after almost 6 months, Australian bowlers restricted the fragile Pakistani batting to below hundred in a rain-affected match. While Pakistan captain Sana Mir remained not out on 21, Nicole Carey and Megan Schutt picked up 3 wickets each. In reply, the Australian opener added 40 runs to set of the chase. Though they lost 4 wickets in 22 runs in the middle, Rachael Haynes’ 24 lead them to a 5 wickets victory. Sana Mir, again shown with the ball and picked up three crucial wickets.

5. Oct 20, 2018 – 2nd ODI, Kuala Lumpur: Australia (273/7) beat Pakistan (123/10) by 150 runs

After the victory in the opening match, Australia rode on skipper Meg Lanning’s 124 to take an unassailable lead in the series. Though Australia lost three wickets inside 20 overs in a mere 54 runs, Lanning added 181 runs with vice-captain Rachael Haynes for the fourth wicket. Nashra Sundhu picked up three wickets for the host. Sophie Molineux then picked up 4 wickets while giving only 14 runs to secure a 150 runs victory. Despite Nahida Khan’s 66 which includes 10 boundaries, Pakistan lost wickets in regular intervals and barely managed to reach 123 runs.

6. Oct 22, 2018 – 3rd ODI, Kuala Lumpur: Australia (324/7) beat Pakistan (235/7) by 89 runs

Pakistan sowed a better approach while batting and added 49 runs for the first wicket. Sidra Ameen added 41 while Aliya Riaz chipped in with her first ODI half-century. But their slow batting didn’t threaten the Australian total target. Sophie Molineux who had made her debut in this series was again stood out with her economical bowling while Gardner picked up 3 wickets. Earlier, Healy felt 3 runs short of her century and a late blast from all-rounder Ash Gardner, who scored 62 from 37 balls helped Australia to cross the 300 runs mark.

7. Feb 22, 2019 – 1st ODI, Perth: Australia (241/10) beat New Zealand (236/9) by 5 runs

Australia, after their series of overseas endeavours, returned to their home and Rachael Haynes who was promoted up the order scored 67. The lower middle order consists of Ash Gardner and Jess Jonassen put on 70 runs to get past the 200 runs mark. In reply white Ferns skipper, Amy Satterthwaite controlled the chase with her 92 but didn’t get the support from the other end apart from Katie Martin, whose contribution was 48. New Zealand who had control of the match for most of the time eventually pressed the panic button and went on to lose the match by 5 runs. After scoring 36 runs, left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen picked up 4 wickets and became the player of the match.

8. Feb 24, 2019 – 2nd ODI, Adelaide: Australia (247/7) beat New Zealand (152/10) by 95 runs

After a hard-fought victory in the previous match, elegant Ellyse Perry completed her maiden half-century in ODI cricket and took Australia to a respectable total of 247. Batting first, Perry added 98 runs with Beth Mooney for the fourth wicket, while Mooney collected 42 notches. From New Zealand’s perspective, their teenage sensation Amelia Kerr picked up 3 wickets with her leg-spin. After the initial hiccups, Sophie Devine (47) and Satterthwaite (37) added 67 runs for the 3rd wicket. But New Zealand lost their last 7 wickets in 51 runs as Jess Jonassen continued her magical form with her left-arm spin. She picked up her career-best figure of 5/27 and marched for a colossal victory of 150 runs.

9. March 3, 2019 – 3rd ODI, Melbourne: Australia (233/3) beat New Zealand (231/8) by 7 wickets

A half-century from Sophie Devine and contribution from Satterthwaite and Martin helped the White Ferns to put up a respectable total, batting first, in the final match of the series. Georgia Wareham who had replaced Amanda Wellington as the number one leg spinner of the side, in the series against Pakistan, picked up 3 wickets. Australian top order, though started well, all of them fell before their respective half-centuries by a whisker. Ellyse Perry who came out to bat at number 4, remained not out on 54 and an unbeaten partnership of 63 with Beth Mooney helped Australia to sail over through the finish line.

10. Jul 2, 2019 – 1st ODI, Leicester: Australia (178/8) beat England (177/10) by 2 wickets

After their successful Ashes in 2017, Australia travelled to England in order to retain the Ashes. In the first match, England was bundled out to a mere 177 due to the all-round attack from Australians bowers, who gave no space to breathe. Most of the runs came from all-rounder Natalie Sciver who’s defiant 64 came off 95 balls. In reply, despite Alyssa Healy’s 66 Australia never was in a comfortable position and lost wickets in regular intervals, as two England spinners turned kept them in the bay. They lost their 8 wickets when they were still 10 runs away. However, Delissa Kimmince ensured that they don’t lose further wickets to win the closest victory they had in this winning streak.

11. Jul 4, 2019 – 2nd ODI, Leicester: Australia (218/6) beat England (217/10) by 4 wickets

Delissa Kimmince who had saved Australia with the bat in the previous match excelled in her role with the ball in this match. Her 5/26 triggered a collapse in the British lower order and they lost their last 6 wickets in a mere 34 runs. They failed to capitalize on the 112 from opener Tammy Beaumont and got all out with 14 balls to spare. In reply, Australia lost both the openers in the initial overs. Though their middle order along with Ellyse Perry stabbed the innings, they were still 60 runs behind when they had lost their 6th wicket in form of Ash Gardner. Jess Jonassen joined Beth Mooney then and with her unbeaten 31 sealed the series, without any further damage.  

12. Jul 7, 2019 – 3rd ODI, Canterbury: Australia (269/7) beat England (75/10) by 194 runs

England would have dreamt of the day even prior to the match. They were in search of the lost pride and Ellyse Perry’s record-breaking 7/22 was an insult to their injury. Batting first Australia rode on Alyssa Healy’s 68 and Meg Lanning’s 69 to reach a total of 267. England lost the chase from the beginning when they were reduced to 21/6 inside 10 overs.

Perry claimed the best figure for Australia in ODI and England registered their lower total against Australia in ODI. It’s only the 21 from Laura Marsh, that saved them from further humiliation. Instead of pulling out their best ever successful chase, they suffered their 2nd heaviest defeat in ODI, due to the spell of Ellyse Perry who, a couple of days before had become the only player to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in the shortest format.  

13. Sep 5, 2019 – 1st ODI, Coolidge: Australia (308/4) beat West Indies (130/10) by 178 runs

The Australian side, which has been undefeated for more than a year, reached West Indies to maintain their winning streak. Meg Lanning (121) and Alyssa Healy (122) registered their consecutive hundred in the first match and despite losing Rachael Haynes in the very first ball of the match, added 225 run partnership for the 2nd wicket. West Indian attacked were treated with disdain around the ground as Australia went past the 300 runs mark.

In the 2nd innings, Ellyse Perry continued her good touch with the bowl and her opening spell resulted in the collapse of the West Indian batting order. They lost 3 wickets inside 2 overs. None of their batters even crossed the double-figure mark, apart from Stefanie Taylor (70*) and Chinelle Henry (14). Perry took 3/19 and Wareham picked up two to secure a 178-run victory.

14. Sep 8, 2019 – 2nd ODI, North Sound: Australia (308/2) beat West Indies (157/8) by 151 runs

Ellyse Perry’s unbeaten 112 and a flurry of half-centuries from the Australian batters took the Australian total to 308, for the 2nd time in the series in as many matches. West Indian bowlers failed to find the answers to the technically sound batting of Ellyse Perry and then the murderous batting of Ash Gardner, who batted with a strike rate of 228. West Indies succumbed under the pressure of a huge total. Taylor scored 21 from 46 balls, Grimmond chipped in with 31, and Kyshona Knight’s contribution was 32 to end the Islanders inning well before the target as Australians divided the wickets among themselves.

15. Sep 11, 2019 – 3rd ODI, North Sound: Australia (182/2) beat West Indies (180/10) by 8 wickets

West Indies who were batting first, for the first time in the series, put up their highest score of the series against the fearsome Aussie attack. Kyshona Knight was again their top scorer with 40 while Grimmond and Chinelle Henry scored 34 and 39 respectively. Megan Schutt picked the 3 wickets, while the spin attack comprised of Gardner, Jonassen, and Wareham picked up 2 wickets each. Australia needed a solid opening partnership to chase down this modest total. Alyssa Healy set the momentum with 61 while Meg Lanning’s unbeaten 58 completed the clean sweep.

16. Oct 5, 2019 – 1st ODI, Brisbane: Australia (281/8) beat Srilanka (124/10) by 157 runs

Clinical bowling from the Australian attack handed a thrashing defeat after their middle order piled up runs to defend. Haynes (56), Lanning, and Mooney hit half-centuries and the Srilankan bowling looked clue-less against them. Later, Gardner and Jonassen picked up two wickets each, while their new seam prodigy, Tayla Vlaeminck too picked up 2/14 with her raw pace. Shashikala Siriwardena’s 30 was the only silver-lining for Sri Lanka.   

17. Oct 7, 2019 – 2nd ODI, Brisbane: Australia (282/8) beat Srilanka (172/9) by 110 runs

Australian vice-captain Rachael Haynes hit her first ODI hundred to go past India with their 17-consecutive win. Haynes who has opened the batting in absence of Nicole Bolton scored 118 from 132 balls and a 69 from Healy was enough for the team to post a total beyond 250. Srilanka fought back well in the dying overs to restrict Australia below 300. In reply, despite a stand between Anushka Sanjeewani (36) and Harshita Madhavi (34), Sri Lanka was well short of its target. Jess Jonassen again showed her class by picking up 4 wickets.

18. Oct 9, 2019 – 3rd ODI, Brisbane: Srilanka (195/8) lost to Australia (196/1) by 9 wickets

A well-made century from Lankan skipper Chamari Atapattu was overshadowed by the 71-ball hundred by Australian opener Alyssa Healy, as Australia made a new record of the longest winning streak in Women’s cricket. Atapattu who scored 103 out of the team’s total of 195, hit 13 fours in between. Megan Schutt and Wareham took two wickets each. But the dominating Australian opening pair added 159 runs before Rachael Haynes (69) got out to Atapattu. Healy completed her century and remained not out on 112* to secure a 9-wicket victory.

19. Oct 3, 2020 – 1st ODI, Brisbane: Australia (181/3) beat New Zealand (180/10) by 7 wickets

Returning to international cricket after 6 months, it looked like Australia carried on the same dominating mentality there they had left before the pandemic broke out. Australia who won its 5th T-20 World Cup in 2020, won the T-20 series against the Kiwis as well. Australia never looked like they were missing Ellyse Perry and their three-pronged spin attack picked up 6 Kiwi wickets at a mere 80 runs in 30 overs. Meg Lanning’s unbeaten 62 and a 44 from vice-captain, Haynes helped Australia to win the match quite comfortably.

20. Oct 5, 2020 – 2nd ODI, Brisbane: Australia (255/6) beat New Zealand (252/9) by 4 wickets

Australian skipper Meg Lanning became the fastest cricketer irrespective of gender to score 14 ODI centuries as Australia maintained their domination over the Rose Bowl Trophy yet again. New Zealand, batting first scored 252 runs on the back of Sophie Devine’s 79 and a 69 from Amy Satterthwaite who was gradually finding her touch, returning after maternal leave. However, Australia pulled the string back in the dying overs as the Kiwis lost 5 wickets in 7 runs. Chasing the target Lanning (101*) proved her excellence and Rachael Haynes who has discovered herself at the top of the order, scored 82. Amelia Kerr picked up three wickets with her leg-spin but that turned out to be not enough.

21. Oct 7, 2020 – 3rd ODI, Brisbane: Australia (325/5) beat New Zealand (93/10) by 232 runs

New Zealand who missed Suzie Bates and Lauren Down in the previous match, had another blow when Lea Tahuhu too suffered from an injury. Rachael Haynes (96) who led the side in the absence of Meg Lanning once again missed a well-deserved century but her consistency in this series gave her the player of the series award. Healy (87) along with Haynes treated the dent less Kiwi attack with disdain.

Tahlia McGrath who was making her comeback in the national colour after almost three years scored 29 from 11 balls to help Australia to go past the psychological mark of 300 runs. Then in front of the Australian onslaught, the Kiwi batting fell like a pack of cards. Apart from Satterthwaite and Maddy Green none of the batters crossed the double-figure mark. They were bundled out with 23 overs to spare to end their struggle in the crease. It was New Zealand’s largest defeat against any side in ODI. Australia outclassed morale down New Zealand in all the departments to match the winning streak of male counterparts in ODI.

22. Apr 4, 2021- 1st ODI, Bay Oval: Australia (215/4) beat New Zealand (212/10) by 6 wickets

Performance of quality and power from Australia, especially that run chase which was done with more than 11 overs to spare. The batting order just keeps coming. New Zealand had a decent platform with the bat but collapsed from 159 for 2 having put all the eyes in accelerating the innings later. Lauren Down chipped in with 90 while Megan Schutt picked up 4 wickets. Australia were always comfortably ahead of the rate and finished it in style. Ellyse Perry’s innings were understated and excellent. Alyssa Healy scored half-centuries while opening and Ash Gardner chipped in with half-centuries and added unbeaten 78 runs with Perry for the 5th wicket.

Best Five Batters 

Alyssa Healy Runs- 1197, Average- 57, Best- 133, SR-107.93, 100/50- 3/8

Rachael Haynes- Runs- 862, Average- 41, Best- 118, SR-79.74, 100/50- 1/6

Meg Lanning -Runs- 862, Average- 53.87, Best- 124, SR-88.86, 100/50- 3/4

Ellyse Perry-Runs- 665, Average- 66.5, Best- 112*, SR-75.91, 100/50- 2/4

Beth Mooney-Runs- 550, Average -45.83, Best-66, SR-91.36, 100/50-0/3

Best Five Bowlers

Jess Jonassen-Wicket-39, Best-5/27, Average-13.51, SR-23.6

Megan Schutt- Wicket-34, Best-4/32, Average-18.20, SR-29.4

Ellyse Perry-Wicket-26, Best-7/22, Average-19.38, SR-28.6

Ash Gardner– Wicket-26, Best-3/39, Average-20.61, SR-32.5

Georgia Wareham-Wicket-20, Best-2/18, Average-30.2, SR-42.6

Highest Victory

By Runs- Oct 7, 2020 – 3rd ODI, Brisbane: Australia (325/5) beat New Zealand (93/10) by 232 runs

By Wicket- Oct 9, 2019 – 3rd ODI, Brisbane: Srilanka (195/8) lost to Australia (196/1) by 9 wickets

Won Match By Chasing-10, Won Match By Defending-12

 

 

 

 

 

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