Amelia Kerr showed an all-round performance when New Zealand beat Australia on Wednesday by five wickets in the third T20I of the three-game series at the Allan Border Field. Amelia Kerr took two wickets and then scored 18 unbeaten runs to take the side over the line. Australia had previously completed the three-game T20I series after winning the first two games. With this win, New Zealand managed to gain consolation and end the series 2-1 in favor of Australia. Both sides now lock horns in the three game ODI series. The first game will be played on Saturday, October 3.
In the chase of 124, New Zealand openers Maddy Green and Sophie Devine put on 27 runs for the first wicket, but their vigil at the crease was cut short by Delissa Kimmince when she sent Green (10) away in the fifth over.
Shortly after, Devine, 25, was sent back to the pavilion by Georgia Wareham for the eighth time. Devine was stunned by Alyssa Healy at Wareham’s bowling alley. Two balls later, Suzie Bates (3) was exhausted by Rachael Haynes, bringing New Zealand down to 44/3 after eight overs.
Amy Satterthwaite and Katey Martin then got the innings back for the White Ferns when the duo scored 52 runs for the fourth wicket, but with 28 runs away from goal, New Zealand lost the wicket to Martin (23) in the 16th. was bowled clean by Wareham.
New Zealand took another big hit in the 17th over when Satterthwaite (30) was bowled clean by Jess Jonassen, bringing the side down to 98/5.
In the end, Hayley Jensen and Amelia Kerr crossed the line New Zealand with five wickets with three balls over. Kerr and Jensen went unbeaten at 18 and 10, respectively.
Previously, a spirited bowling performance helped New Zealand limit Australia to 123/7 in the allotted twenty overs.
First to hit, Australia got off to a bad start as the team was limited to 57/4 after ten overs. Beth Mooney (11), Alyssa Healy (8), Rachael Haynes (3) and Meg Lanning (21) lost their wickets cheaply by putting New Zealand ahead of the match.
Ashleigh Gardner and Sophie Molineux then had a short score of 27 runs, but their partnership was cut in the 14th over when Gardner (29) was sent back to the pavilion by Hayley Jensen. Shortly after, Molineux, 18, was fired by Maddy Green, leaving Australia over 100/6 in the 17th.
New Zealand was able to limit the flow of runs in the death overs and as a result Australia was unable to get past the 125 run limit.
For New Zealand, Amelia Kerr and Lea Tahuhu each scalped two wickets.
Short Scores: New Zealand 125/5 (Amy Satterthwaite 30, Sophie Devine 25, Georgia Wareham 2-19) beats Australia 123/7 (Ashleigh Gardner 29, Meg Lanning 21, Amelia Kerr 2-18) by five wickets.
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