Anna Peterson claimed a hat-trick in the 13th over to restrict Australia Women to 61 for nine in the chase after which rain allowed no further play possible leading to an eight-run victory for New Zealand Women in the second Twenty20 International in Victoria.
Elyse Villani and Meg Lanning contributed with 73 and 60 runs respectively as Australia Women took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after securing a 40-run win in the first Twenty20 International against New Zealand Women in Melbourne.
After a promising start to his international career, speedster Lungi Ngidi will miss his second successive One-Day International series for South Africa when they travel to New Zealand later this month.
Australia have managed to just retain the pole position in the International Cricket Council rankings in One-Day Internationals following their 2-0 series defeat in Chappell-Hadlee Trophy against New Zealand.
Trent Boult registered his career best figures of six-wicket haul as New Zealand resisted Australian fightback and secured a 24-run win in the third and final One-Day International in Hamilton to claim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy following a 2-0 series victory.