Experienced duo Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes have guided women’s world champions Australia to a series clinching, eight wicket Twenty20 international win over New Zealand in Brisbane on Sunday.
Set 129 for victory, Australia reached the target with 20 balls to spare after captain Lanning (26 not out off 32 balls) and her deputy Haynes (40 not out off 31) shared an unbeaten 65-run third wicket stand following early fireworks from Alyssa Healy (33 off 17).
Backing up from Saturday’s 17-run victory, Australia sealed their fourth straight T20 series win over New Zealand with a game still to play on Wednesday.
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Nicola Carey celebrates after taking a superb grab. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/GettySource:Getty Images
In their first series since March’s T20 World Cup triumph, Australia nabbed their seventh straight T20 victory and 13th overall across all limited overs formats against New Zealand.
After winning the toss, New Zealand were bowled out for 128 with four balls to spare with leggie Georgia Wareham (3-26) and seamer Delissa Kimmince (3-21) ripping through the White Ferns at Allan Border Field.
STUMPING CONTROVERSY FOR NZ – AGAIN
Another game, another controversial stumping for poor New Zealand.
A day after skipper Sophie Devine came off second best with the video referee, former White Ferns captain Amy Satterthwaite suffered the same fate on Sunday.
Is there anything behind the line?
Third umpire says no! #AUSvNZ pic.twitter.com/TbH3gTUtRF
Wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy was quick to whip off the bails when Satterthwaite played and missed Wareham.
But it took an age for video referee Donovan Koch to decide whether Satterthwaite got her back foot behind the crease.
Replay after replay, complete with split screens, followed for almost five minutes with some indicating Satterthwaite got a back sprig behind the line.
But Satterthwaite was eventually on her way for 30 off 25 balls – New Zealand’s top score – after Koch finally made a decision, ending a crucial 49-run third wicket stand with Suzie Bates.
Elite stuff in the field by Nicola Carey! @Commbank | #AUSvNZ pic.twitter.com/zKrdp2kjIl
It came barely 24 hours after Devine was contentiously given out stumped by Healy for 29 in the T20 series opener when Koch again laboured over replays to finally make a call.
HEALY BOUNCES BACK IN BRISBANE
In contrast to New Zealand, Healy had no complaints after entering the record books on Sunday.
The Aussie wicketkeeper took her career total of T20I dismissals to 92 in her 114th international with the stumping and a contentious caught behind call that went against Lauren Down (12).
She now has the most wicketkeeper dismissals in T20I history, overtaking Indian great MS Dhoni’s haul of 91 from 98 men’s matches.
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Healy also got her batting mojo back. After being dismissed for two in Saturday’s opener, Healy thrashed five fours and a six before chancing her arm one too many times to be caught for 33 off just 17 balls as Australia reached 50 in just the fifth over.
RECORD BREAKING GAME BY BATES
At least New Zealand got one over the Aussies on Sunday thanks to Suzie Bates.
The destructive batter leapfrogged Australia’s Ellyse Perry to move to 121 T20 internationals in game two on Sunday.
Perry has been unable to add to her 120-game tally as she remains sidelined with a hamstring injury suffered in March’s T20 World Cup but is hopeful in featuring in the trans-Tasman three-game ODI series starting next weekend.
Bates made 22 off 28 balls with just one boundary in her milestone knock.
Her T20I record adds to a remarkable resume that also includes playing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics for the New Zealand women’s basketball team before focusing on cricket.
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