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Australia beats Sri Lanka by nine wickets to set ODI cricket world record in Brisbane

ABC News logo ABC News 9/10/2019

Alyssa Healy of Australia celebrates with Meg Lanning. © Getty Images Alyssa Healy of Australia celebrates with Meg Lanning. Australia has broken the world record for most consecutive women's one-day international victories following a nine-wicket defeat of Sri Lanka at Brisbane's Allan Border Field.

The hosts secured their 18th win in a row by chasing down Sri Lanka's total of 8-195, with opener Alyssa Healy playing a starring role with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 112 off just 76 deliveries.

The result saw Meg Lanning's squad pass the streak of 17 wins achieved by Belinda Clark's Australian side in the late 1990s.

Australia's last ODI loss came against England in October 2017.

The victory gave Australia a clean sweep of the three-match series against Sri Lanka following comfortable wins in Brisbane on Saturday and Monday.

Australia also won the Twenty20 series between the two nations 3-0 in Sydney.

Healy had brought up her third ODI century — but first on home soil — in 71 deliveries, just a week after hitting a world record for the highest score in women's Twenty20.

Rachael Haynes, who scored a century in the second ODI, made 63 from 74 to stick with Healy in a 159-run opening stand.

Healy sealed the contest with a cleanly hit six over long-on to cap a dominant run against Sri Lanka.

Australia was clinical against Sri Lanka, ranked eighth in the world, and the gap in class obvious as both Healy and Haynes preyed on the visitor's pace attack in ideal batting conditions.

Haynes was dismissed in the 23rd over when she was trapped LBW, before Lanning joined Healy at the crease and produced a quickfire 20 from 11 deliveries.

Sri Lanka was completely powerless though, with standout Chamari Atapattu backing up her brilliant T20 century from earlier in the tour with another hundred after her side won the toss.

The opener hung in as wickets fell around her and the run rate slowed, finishing with 103 from 128 balls in an innings that featured some exquisite cover driving.

A collapse of 3-2, triggered by leg-spinner Georgia Wareham's (2-18) probing four-over spell, halted Sri Lanka's bright start though and the Australians did not look back.

The national squad will now break for the WBBL, which begins next Friday, before the T20 World Cup on home soil next year.

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