there it is! Gardner finishes it with a six...reaches fifty and secures the world record
Australia win by six wickets and that's the 22nd ODI win in a row. A new landmark for the game. A 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. Australia were always comfortably ahead of the rate and finished it in style. Ellyse Perry's innings understated and excellent. Worth remember thought, that this series is still up for grabs. Two games remaining. I'll try and bring you some post-match reaction shortly.
Megan Schutt is Player of the Match: "It's nice to have it now!" Schutt says 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."
Amy Satterthwaite "212 against most teams isn't going to be enough. There's multiple things you have to look, losing wickets in clumps is not ideally. We put a lot of pressure on middle order to score at a rate. We weathered the storm nicely at the top but probably a bit slow. Thought Lauren batted outstandingly. We have to keep backing our skillset. We showed in the T20 series we can be competitive. Today with the ball we were slightly off...probably bowled too many four balls.
Meg Lanning "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."
I'll wrap things up there for today. A new record in the bag for the Australians. Thanks for your company and see you again soon
short of a length, pushed to point
leans back and drives to cover
another slower short ball, she leans back and guides to third
full outside off, runs it down to third
looks to guide this square of the wicket and is beaten
a short slower ball outside off, takes a toe end high over the covers and just clears the infield
short outside off, a strong square drive wide of point
full and straight, pushed back down the pitch
Single figures needed for Australia for the world record
steps back towards leg, gets a thick outside down towards third
off the back foot to deep cover
fuller, heaved to deep midwicket
another short one, helped to deep square leg
short again, rocks back and has all the time in the world to pull through midwicket. That's her fifty from 73 balls. Top innings
pulled to mid-on
Amelia is back
Dani: "Can we please get women playing more test cricket? I can't think of anyone in the game with a technique better suited for it than Ellyse Perry" Averages the small matter of 78 in the format (and 18 with the ball)
full and straight, clipped into midwicket who lets it through
goes short, rolls the wrists on the pull to long leg
what a shot! Full outside off, dispatched over wide mid-off with another powerful swing. Terrific batting
worked off the pads into midwicket
pulled to deep midwicket