Sunday Mail

Aussies down Kiwis as winning streak continues

- JOE BARTON

RAIN, hail or shine – Meg Lanning’s Australia side simply cannot be beaten.

The team’s record-breaking winning streak is alive and well after Alyssa Healy blazed Australia to a series whitewash in the third and final ODI at Mount Maunganui’s Bay Oval on Saturday night.

The weather, and then Leigh Kasperek, threatened to halt Australia’s incredible winning run which now stretches to 24 games following the 21-run victory in the rain-reduced 25-over match. The Kiwis went down swinging, but on a sluggish pitch which made scoring difficult they were never truly in the chase as Australia’s five-star bowling unit turned the screws – with five bowlers finishing among the wickets. Earlier, Australia’s total of 7-149 was built around a fast start by Healy (46) who put on 73 for the first wicket with opening partner Beth Mooney.

Healy fell short of a 13th ODI half-century, but her blistering knock laid the foundation for win No.24. The openers fell in quick succession as Australia got the wobbles in a big way, losing 4-7 with Kasperek making the most of the slow pitch as she ripped the guts out of the top order with three wickets in an over.

But the damage was already done and the record winning streak remains unbroken.

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Beth Mooney

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