Women's 1st ODI: Lauren Down 90 in vain as Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt help Australia gun down 213

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Australia rode on half-centuries from Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry and Ashleigh Gardner to beat New Zealand by 6 wickets in the 1st ODI in Mount Maunganui on Sunday.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Australia (215/4) beat New Zealand (212) by 6 wickets in 1st ODI
  • The win saw Australia set a new record for most wins on the trot in women's ODI cricket with 22
  • It's a great achievement over a long period of time, shows how consistent we've been: Meg Lanning

Australia registered a thumping 6-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first women's ODI in Mount Maunganui on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series.

Chasing 213 for victory, the Southern Stars rode on brilliant half-centuries from Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry and Ashleigh Gardner to cross the finish line in just 38.3 overs. Healy top-scored with 65 while Perry and Gardner remained not out on 56 and 53, respectively.

The win saw Australia set a new world record for most wins on the trot in women's ODI cricket with 22.

"It's a great achievement over a long period of time, shows how consistent we've been. Something we'll look back on. That's been a strength of ours, having key pillars throughout the team. We have a mixture of experience and youth. We like to play an aggressive brand of cricket. We don't want to put any handbrakes on.

"We were able to keep it pretty tight early, that wicket of Kerr set us on our way. The way we finished was excellent. Alyssa Healy set the tone with a really attacking mindset, Ash Gardner has been in really good form to push it on at the end. General theme is to play with freedom. We want to win the Rose Bowl, it's one game," Australia captain Meg Lannig said.

Earlier, the White Ferns were bowled out for 212 thanks to a superb performance with the ball from Player of the Match Megan Schutt, who grabbed 4 wickets for 32 runs. Lauren Down top-scored in the match with 90 but her innings went in vain.

"It's nice to have it now!" Schutt said of the record. "I bowled a little different to Tay and reap the rewards at the other end. For me towards the back end it's T20 cricket which I'm very comfortable doing."

The next match will be played at the same venue on April 7.