New Zealand Level T20 Series With 19-Run Win
New Zealand Women 138-6 (McGlashan 43) beat
Australia Women 119 (Broadmore 3-15) by 19 runs
Third Twenty20 International, Invercargill
New Zealand Women beat Australia Women by 19 runs to level their five-match Twenty20 International series at 1-1 following the third match at Invercargill.
Trailing 1-0 going into the game, they produced a strong performance as they defended their score of 138 for six by dismissing Australia for 119 in 19 overs.
Sara McGlashan led the way for the White Ferns, top scoring with 43 in 29 balls after good work at the top of the order from Aimee Watkins (24 in 13) and Suzie Bates (33 in 40) had set a platform.
A wicket apiece for Clea Smith, Ellyse Perry, Shelley Nitschke and Sarah Coyte kept Australia in the game and prevented New Zealand from accelerating as they might have liked in the final stages.
However, New Zealand then kept Australia under pressure throughout with the ball, Sian Ruck removing Nitschke for five and Meg Lanning falling to Erin Bermingham for seven as the dangerous opening partnership failed to fire.
Leah Poulton then hit 27 in 19 balls but she would end up top scoring as New Zealand took wickets at regular intervals, Kate Broadmore returning three for 15 by dismissing Poulton, Rachael Haynes (19) and Coyte (4) while Bates took two for 16.
With everything to play for, the final two matches, also in Invercargill, take place on 19th and 20th February.
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