In the first Women’s ODI, England defeated Australia by two wickets to keep their Ashes hopes alive. The hosts completed the 264-run chase with 11 balls remaining as the game came down to the wire. Heather Knight, the captain, stood out with an undefeated 75. Australia suffered its first loss in a women’s ODI since September 2021, meantime.
Beth Mooney struck an undefeated 81 to help the Australians reach 263/8 in 50 overs. Important contributions were also made by Phoebe Litchfield (34) and Ellyse Perry (41). England got off to a strong start thanks to top-order batsmen Tammy Beaumont (47) and Alice Capsey (40). An abrupt collapse, though, gave the story a new turn. Knight stayed to the very end and made sure her team won.
This was the first loss for Australia Women in the 50-over format since September 26, 2021, as was already mentioned. Their previous loss was by two wickets to India in Queensland. Between these two losses, the Women in Yellow won 15 straight games. Since November 2017, Australia has not suffered another ODI loss. They had 41 victories during this time.
Australia boast a win percentage of 95.34 since November 2017
Australia’s WODI winning streak of 15 games, the fourth-longest in the format’s history, was ended against England. The Australians also occupy the top three slots on this list, having previously won 26, 17, and 16 games in a row on three other occasions. They both tie for third with India. The longest winning streak for England in WODIs is 13.
Australia has won 41 of the 43 games it has played in WODIs since November 2017, posting a phenomenal win rate of 95.34. South Africa has a victory percentage of 66.66 (excluding washed-out games), which is lower than Australia’s. England, which has won 34 of the 56 completed WODIs played during this period (60.71%), is in third place.
England has continued to pursue their multi-format Ashes series victory. Notably, in the Women’s Ashes, the team receives two points for winning limited-over games and four points for winning a Test. Australia dropped three straight matches after winning the lone Test and the first T20I, leaving both teams tied on six points with two ODIs remaining.
Here’s how fans reacted:
This shows the impact of Meg Lanning and Kate Cross on their respective teams!
— Marvel_v_DC (@Movie_TV_Sports) July 12, 2023
Now we understand how important is Meg lanning to this Australian squad.
— kuldeep singh (@ksnaruka99) July 12, 2023
Heather knight❤️ rcbians r born to break record man,
— Vineet Ch. (@hunych17) July 12, 2023
This is why captaincy matters??
— Sumone 07 (@Sumone07) July 12, 2023
I blame vadapav for this reason
— MS Dhoni (@Anamika58256838) July 13, 2023
ashes> wi batting button
— rishiism (@rishiism_) July 12, 2023