India end Aussies' world-record ODI streak

Jhulan Goswami starred for India as the tourists ended Australia's winning streak in ODI matches.
Jhulan Goswami starred for India as the tourists ended Australia's winning streak in ODI matches.

It has taken 1428 days, a record chase and redemptive 38-year-old Jhulan Goswami but Australia have finally suffered an ODI defeat.

Meg Lanning's all-conquering juggernaut, having recorded 26 consecutive wins in the format to surpassed the previous world record of 21 victories achieved by Ricky Ponting's 2003 World Cup champions, went down by two wickets in the third ODI in Mackay on Sunday.

The streak started in India and Mithali Raj's side, having snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at the same venue in the second ODI, finally snapped it by hauling in a target of 265 with three balls remaining.

"It was inevitable at some point that we were going to lose a game," Lanning said.

"There's no easy wins.

"So to have the streak as long as we did, I think is an amazing effort over a long period of time.

"India were too good."

Lanning is upbeat star batters Rachael Haynes and Beth Mooney, who both suffered hamstring injuries in the loss, will be fit for the day-night Test that begins at Metricon Stadium on Thursday.

Goswami conceded 13 runs in Friday night's final over, having prematurely celebrated before the third umpire deemed her last delivery to be a no-ball on height.

The veteran proved the tourists' hero with the bat on Sunday, whacking a delivery from Sophie Molineux back over the left-arm spinner's heavily-bandaged face for four to complete their highest chase ever.

"We knew the wicket was flat and if we could play to the 50th over then we could chase it down," Goswami said.

"I wasn't aware (thinking) of that winning streak of 26 when we were batting."

Goswami also dismissed Lanning, for her first ODI duck since the 2017 World Cup semi-final between the rivals, and Haynes in a double-wicket maiden that helped restrict Australia to 9-264.

The hosts had rallied from 4-53 to finish 5-275 in Friday's ODI, completing their second-highest chase ever.

There was no great escape on Sunday despite India, in the box seat after cruising to 1-160 in 29.2 overs, threatening to fold after a collapse of 5-48.

Debutante Stella Campbell and fellow 19-year-old Annabel Sutherland, both called up as Australia refreshed an inexperienced attack missing stars Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen, briefly wrestled back momentum.

But Sneh Rana (30) and Deepti Sharma (31) regained control after Sutherland made a mess of Raj's stumps.

Ashleigh Gardner (67) and Beth Mooney (52) both benefited from dropped catches as they helped Australia rebuild from 4-87.

India were incredibly sloppy in the field but Molineux created four chances that were put down, while Australia also gifted 34 extras.

"There's some areas to improve on in all three areas of our game," Lanning said.

"Plenty to work on.

"We took some amazing catches and also didn't quite nail some other chances, which was a little bit frustrating."

Australian Associated Press