With a nine-wicket victory over India, Australia wins their 25th ODI in a row

On Tuesday, Meg Lanning’s merciless Australia women’s team won their 25th one-day international match in a row after thrashing India by nine wickets in the series opener in Mackay. Darcie Brown and Hannah Darlington, a teen speed duo, laid the groundwork for their victory by sharing six wickets and limiting India to a below-par 225-8 at the Great Barrier Reef Arena.

Rachael Haynes then top-scored with an unbroken 93 as Australia cruised to victory with nine overs to spare, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Mithali Raj, India’s captain, top-scored with 63, her seventh successive fifty in this format, but she was unable to accelerate.

Richa Ghosh contributed an unbeaten 32 and number 10 Jhulan Goswami added 20 to help them reach a respectable total. Haynes and fellow starter Alyssa Healy put up a run-a-ball 77 to get Australia off to a blazing start.

“I thought Darcie Brown was brilliant tonight,” Lanning said of the 18-year-old bowler, who was also named player-of-the-match for her 4-33. “She bowled with a lot of control and intensity, so it was great to see her perform so well. Hannah Darlington, who was making her debut, did a fantastic job as well.”

Lanning, who was 53 not out at the time, then teamed up with Haynes to lead the hosts to a comfortable victory. India did not get the early runs they needed after being put into bat, according to a devastated Raj.

“We didn’t get off to a strong start, so the middle order had to make up for it. We expected a lot more from the bowling department, particularly our seasoned spinners, who we expect to play well on this type of surface.”

On Friday and Sunday, Mackay will host the next two one-dayers before the sides move on to play one test and three Twenty20 Internationals.