Australia Women Create History After Securing Their 18th Consecutive ODI Victories
Hosts Australia Women were playing their third and final ODI of the series against Sri Lanka Women at Brisbane. While the hosts have already secured the ODI series before this final ODI, they completed whitewash after winning the third ODI by nine wickets (with 139 balls remaining).
The visitors decided to bat first after winning the toss. The hosts restricted the visitors on 195/8 in 50 overs. Sri Lankan opener Chamari Atapattu scored her fifth ODI century as she scored 103 runs off 124 balls (13 fours). The no.3 batter Harshitha Madav was the only other batter to score 20+ runs in that innings as she scored 24 runs.
In reply, the hosts easily chased down the 196 runs target in 26.5 overs after losing only one wicket. The openers Rachael Haynes and provided a large 159 runs partnership. While Haynes scored 63 runs (74 balls), wicketkeeper-batswoman Healy scored a brilliant century. Alyssa Healy, who scored 112 off 76 balls (15 fours and 2 sixes), finally remained not out with the captain (20*).
Australia Women broke their own record
It was the 18th consecutive victory for Australia Women – most consecutive victories in Women’s ODI history. Since March 2018, they have won all their ODIs. Last time they suffered an ODI defeat against England Women at Coffs Harbour on 29th October 2017.
After winning the latest ODI, Australia Women broke their own record of 17 consecutive ODI victories which they had managed from December 1997 to February 1999.
Talking about the overall ODI records (including men’s), Australia Women’s latest record is the second-best record in most consecutive victories record. Australia men’s won 21 consecutive ODIs from January 2003 to May 2003.
On the other hand, the Australian team is in the third position in the list of most consecutive matches without defeat in Women’s ODI history. It was their 18th consecutive ODI matches without defeat. The top two records in this are 24 ODIs by Australia Women and 20 ODIs by England Women.