In the third T20 International match between Australia and New Zealand, the latter displayed its bowling might to win the match by 47 runs. New Zealand Women bowled down Australia in 66 runs on the chase to 114. Australia was 10 wickets down in 16 overs with only Alex Blackwell standing alone scoring 30 as the highest strike. Including her, only Alyssa Healy reached a double digit run in the inning. The chase was slackened from the first over until New Zealand exhausted Australia completely. Beth Mooney’s run out in the first over when she went down for her second run was unfortunate as it could have been avoided for sure.
Australia's chase never recovered. Captain Meg Lanning was removed in the fourth over while she edged the delivery from Holly Huddleston. The bowler took down the next wicket in a gap of a single ball slogging Australia to 3 for 7 runs. Elyse Villani ducked out being trapped by bowler. In the next over, Ashleigh Gardner and Jess Jonassen were sent back by Lea Tahulu, both caught behind the stumps. Alex Healy batted with Blackwell for about four overs dragging the chase to 35.
In the 10th over, the Aussies were reduced to 6 for 35 with Healy’s wicket. The team soon plummeted to 8 for 39 in the next two overs. The hope was bleak for the team from the moment as they had to wickets to back-up the chase even if there were enough overs left. Earlier, New Zealand had a much better inning compared to the host. The start was moderate with opener skipper Suzie Bates scoring 31 off 34. She was on the crease until the 13th over hauling the score to 70. However, her team lost three wickets in the stretch.
In the previous inning, Amanda-Jade Willington, the Australian bowler rattled New Zealand’s top and middle order striking down four wickets including that of Bates. She blew the hat-trick in the 13th over taking down the captain, Katey Martin, and Liz Perry. New Zealand fell to 71 for 5 in the over from 2 for 69 in the previous over. In the ending overs, Anna Paterson and Maddy Green added some substance hauling the score to run pass the 100th mark. With the victory, New Zealand won the series by 2-1.
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