Australia won the match by a mammoth margin of 141 runs, this is quite a comeback after losing to the white ferns by 9 wickets in the warm-up game, they have definitely given it back to them. That's it from us today, I am Ovaise Shariff signing off on behalf of my co-commentators Ninaad and Akshay Bhide.
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Meg Lanning | Winning Captain: "It was a crucial period in the game. The way Pez and Moons played was brilliant and it gave us s a platform to finish on a high. Ash came out positively and played nicely in the end and helped us to get the momentum in the second innings. Schutt bowled well with her cutters. Thought of bringing her inside the powerplay but didn't think it would be so late. We had very tough selections today. Jess Jonassen missed out today and we all know she is a world-class player. We thought an extra pace bowling option could work today and glad that it worked. It might not work on the other day but happy with the result."
Sophie Devine | Losing Captain: "We should have contained them and picked up a few wickets, that was the blueprint we had in mind electing to bowl first. They are a quality side as they had the run rate under control despite losing 3-4 wickets which helped them to launch especially in the last ten overs and took the game away from us. Gardner was outstanding with the bat. We were happy at the halfway stage, we knew we could chase the total on this wicket but we didn't have any wickets in hand. We were poor with the bat. We get an extra day off so it is important for us to slip away from the game and take a day or two off from the game."
Ellyse Perry | Player of the Match: "It was nice to spend some time in the middle with Moons and McGrath. I was slow to get off but decided to stay till the end. Nice to get some partnerships in the middle. New Zealand bowled well in the middle but we stuck together and managed to finish things on a high, thanks to Ash and McGrath. Darcie bowled brilliantly upfront and picked up crucial wickets with the new ball. We all know how dangerous the Kiwi batters can be and credit to her. I feel I’m lucky to have Ben Sawyer with us as a bowling coach and I’m working hard to get my rhythm right. Happy to contribute to the team’s success."
Ellyse Perry is the Player of the Match.
Ovaise: Australia didn’t get off to a good start, they lost 3 wickets when the score was just 56 in the 15th over but Mooney and Perry stitched up a brilliant partnership and took Australia past the 100 mark. Mooney was dismissed in the 30th over.
McGrath joined Perry in the middle and the pair put of a magnificient partnership which took the game away from the white ferns. They were 164/4 at the end of 40 overs, having just completed a fifty-run partnership. The pair managed to squeeze 20 runs off the 41st over from Jensen and that turned things around, offering them some much-needed momentum for the death overs.
Ash Gardner went absolute bonkers from ball one and produced a brilliant knock to help her side reach a competitive total of 269, Ash Gardner made a fablous 18-ball 48 towards the end which took the momentum away from the white ferns.
Chasing down 269, New Zealand got off to a decent start, got to 22 very quickly and once they lost thier first wicket it was all down hill from there on. Perry got the first wicket followed by Darcie Brown who picked up the important wickets of Amelia Kerr and Suzie Bates. McGrath was introduced into the attack and got a wicket of her third ball. New Zealand were 5 down for 35 in the 11th over.
Satterthwaite played well along with only Martin suporting her a little bit, the pair put on a 38 run partnership, Martin fell to Amanda Wellington who took back to back wickets of her fifth and sixth deliveries, got Jenson out on a golden duck. Wickets kept tumbling and a fabulous catch by Meg Lanning finally ended Satterhwaite's resistance. Both Australia and New Zealand were excellent in the field today, some magnificent catches were taken in both the innings.
Australia have won the match by a mammoth 141 runs, this is quite a comeback after losing to the white ferns in the warm-up game.
c B Mooney b A Gardner
30.2 A Gardner to L Tahuhu
W GONE. There's the final wicket and with this, Australia Women beat New Zealand Women comprehensively by 141 runs. This was a tossed up delivery on the stumps from around the wicket, Tahuhu gets down on one knee and slog sweeps it and holes out in the deep as Mooney from deep mid wicket runs forward and takes a very good catch.
30.1 A Gardner to L Tahuhu
0 Gardner continues. Flighted delivery on leg, Tahuhu misses the flick and wears it high on the pads.
Over to Akshay for the next 7 overs.
29.6 M Schutt to L Tahuhu
1 Fuller on the fourth stump line. Drives this in the air towards Alana King at mid on who comes running forward but fails to get to the ball! Just short of her! A misfield allows another single to Tahuhu.
29.5 M Schutt to L Tahuhu
0 Misses the slog sweep on this occasion, slightly fuller and wide outside the off stump.
29.4 M Schutt to L Tahuhu
0 Yorker on middle and leg, digs it safely back to the bowler.
29.3 M Schutt to L Tahuhu
0 Leg cutter outside off, back of a length at 86kph. Tries to cut but misses.
29.2 M Schutt to J Kerr
1 88kph, back of a length outside off, cuts in the air again but falls just short of the backward point fielder.
29.1 M Schutt to J Kerr
4 97kph, goes after the back of a length delivery outside off. Trying to play in front of square, gets it off the edge between point and backward point for four.
28.6 A Gardner to J Kerr
1 Back of a length pitched outside leg, 83kph. Pulls this to the right of deep square leg. Gets off the mark with an easy single.