New Zealand had given themselves a platform at 159 for two within the thirty eighth over however the borderline stumping of Amelia Kerr set in movement a collapse of 8 for 53
Australia 215 for 4 (Healy 65, Perry 56*, Gardner 53*) beat New Zealand (Down 90, Schutt 4-32) 212 by six wickets
Australia secured a world-record twenty second ODI win in a row with a robust batting show in Mount Maunganui as half-centuries from Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry and Ash Gardner carried them to victory with greater than 11 overs to spare.
The match was completed, and report secured, when Gardner pulled her third six which additionally introduced up 41-ball half-century. Perry had anchored the innings after the early losses of Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning briefly advised New Zealand would possibly discover a method again into the sport.
After a watchful begin Healy, one in all 4 gamers to look in all 22 victories, took the chase by the scruff of the neck together with her first main innings of the tour. Nevertheless, at 136 for 4 the sport wasn’t completely safe, however any notion of it being an issue was rapidly dispelled as Gardner discovered her vary, a lot as she had within the first T20I, and dominated an unbroken stand of 79 with Perry.
Earlier, New Zealand had given themselves a platform at 159 for two within the thirty eighth over however the borderline stumping of Amelia Kerr set in movement a collapse of 8 for 53. Lauren Down, recalled to the staff for the sequence, made a career-best 90 however the tempo on the prime of the order left an excessive amount of stress on others to speed up. Megan Schutt and Nicola Carey shared seven wickets between them.
Schutt had struck together with her first supply of the day when a depraved inswinger snaked between Hayley Jensen’s bat and pad to take leg stump. It was sluggish going within the opening exchanges with Down taking 19 balls to get off the mark however a second-wicket stand of 69 with Amy Satterthwaite gave a basis.
After Satterthwaite lofted to mid-on – Lanning saved fielders contained in the ring so long as attainable to construct stress – Down and Amelia Kerr added 90 in an 18-over stand that often threatened to interrupt free in opposition to a disciplined Australia assault.
Tayla Vlaeminck, whose first 4 overs value simply 4, had 21 taken off a two-over comeback spell whereas legspinner Georgia Wareham went for a run-a-ball. Down, who had scored 75 runs in her earlier 10 ODI innings, reached a maiden fifty off 90 balls.
Nevertheless, the innings misplaced its method when Amelia Kerr was given out stumped off Schutt – it was a really tight determination by the third umpire and from the replays broadcast laborious to say it was clearly out. With the innings having been constructed at a largely sedate tempo, the remaining batters had little time to play themselves in and the stress informed. Katey Martin was run out from cowl and Down’s innings ended with a vanguard again to Carey whose wicket-to-wicket medium tempo was robust to attain off.
Maddy Inexperienced and Brooke Halliday each managed sixes to recommend they might present the late energy however fell shortly after every of their boundaries.
The primary over of the chase from Jess Kerr value 11 however she and Rosemary Mair tightened their traces and have been rewarded when Haynes chased a drive within the seventh over. New Zealand have been then buoyant when Lanning, who has an outstanding report chasing and an much more so at this floor, edged Hannah Rowe to the keeper to go away Australia 37 for two.
Healy had reached 25 off 38 balls when she upped the tempo with a six over midwicket after Perry had eased into her innings with consecutive boundaries off the returning Lea Tahuhu. Healy was dropped on 46 – by Tahuhu long-on – with the ensuing six citing her fifty from 57 deliveries and one other life got here her method on 61 when Jensen missed a low return catch.
Subsequent over, although, she bought a vanguard again to Amelia Kerr and when Satterthwaite lured Beth Mooney into driving to cowl there was only a glimmer for New Zealand if they might strike once more.
However Australia’s batting order oozes confidence and Gardner stamped her authority on the chase with two early boundaries in opposition to Amelia Kerr who she had additionally focused within the first T20I. As her innings progressed she added off-side sixes in opposition to Mair and Tahuhu whereas Perry ticked over to a 73-ball fifty to indicate her batting is in nice fettle.
The job, although, for this tour isn’t but completed with the Rose Bowl sequence – which Australia have held since 2000 – nonetheless up for grabs. It will be a courageous particular person to recommend that activity will not be accomplished within the second recreation by a facet that has taken the one-day recreation to a brand new stage.
Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo