A convincing 6 wicket win for Australia Women over New Zealand Women
Australia Women won the toss and decided to bowl at the North Sydney Oval, Sydney against New Zealand Women in the 1st T20I of the series.
New Zealand Women 162 – 5 (Katey Martin 56*, Sophie Devine 43; Ashleigh Gardner 2-22)
Australia Women Meg Lanning 56*, Rachael Haynes 69*; Sophie Devine 2-32, Leigh Kasperek 2-28)
Result - Australia Women won by 6 wickets
Video - Rachael Haynes press conference
Batting first the New Zealand Women scored a par 162-5 in their allotted 20 overs, with Katey Martin 56* and Sophie Devine 43 the mainstay of their innings. Ashleigh Gardner 2-22 was the pick of the Australia Women bowlers.
In reply, the Australia Women chased down the runs with 14 balls to spare. Having been in trouble early on in the chase after losing four early wickets to be 4-45 in the sixth over, Meg Lanning 56* and Rachael Haynes 69* put on a commanding batting display bringing them home by 6 wickets. Sophie Devine and Leigh Kasperek took 2 wickets apiece for the New Zealand Women.
Australia Women - Alyssa Healy(wk), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning(c), Elyse Villani, Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Sophie Molineux, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt
New Zealand Women - Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Jess Watkin, Amy Satterthwaite(c), Katey Martin(wk), Maddy Green, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Hayley Jensen, Amelia Kerr, Leigh Kasperek, Lea Tahuhu
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