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NZ women vs Australia women 2020-21 – 1st ODI – Gardner, Healy and Perry star as Australia shatter ODI record | Cricket

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Alyssa Healy made her 12th ODI fifty © Getty Images


Australia 215 for 4 (Healy 65, Perry 56*, Gardner 53*) beat New Zealand (Down 90, Schutt 4-32) 212 by six wickets

Australia secured a world-record 22nd ODI win in a row with a powerful batting display in Mount Maunganui as half-centuries from Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry and Ash Gardner carried them to victory with more than 11 overs to spare.

The match was finished, and record secured, when Gardner pulled her third six which also brought up 41-ball half-century. Perry had anchored the innings after the early losses of Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning briefly suggested New Zealand might find a way back into the game.

At 136 for 4 the game wasn’t entirely secure, but any notion of it being a problem was quickly dispelled as Gardner found her range, much like she did in the first T20I.

Earlier, New Zealand had given themselves a platform at 159 for 2 in the 38th over but the borderline stumping of Amelia Kerr set in motion a collapse of 8 for 53. Lauren Down, recalled to the team for the series, made a career-best 90 but the tempo at the top of the order left too much pressure on others to accelerate. Megan Schutt and Nicola Carey shared seven wickets between them.

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Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo


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