All-round effort from Perry helps Australia Women avoid whitewash
Australia Women 145-7 (Perry 43) beat
New Zealand Women 128-8 (Bates 54) by 17 runs
Third Twenty20 International in New Plymouth
Ellyse Perry followed a run-a-ball knock of 43 runs with a two-wicket haul to help Australia Women restrict New Zealand Women to 128 for eight in a chase of 146 runs to complete a 17-run victory in the third Twenty20 International in New Plymouth, thereby avoiding a series whitewash.
New Zealand won the toss and opted to field first. Australia lost both the openers Elyse Villani (6) and Meg Lanning (17) inside the powerplay and scored 33 for two in six overs.
A 51-run partnership between Alex Blackwell (27) and Perry (43) brought the innings back on track but Australia lost both players in the 16th over.
Cameos from Alyssa Healy (12), Grace Harris (12) and Jess Jonassen (13 not out) boosted Australia’s score to 145 for seven in 20 overs.
After losing Rachel Priest (8) in the second over, Suzie Bates (54) and Sara McGlashan (35) shared a 62-run stand for the second wicket which kept the chase right on track.
However, after the fall of McGlashan in the 12th over, New Zealand lost regular wickets as Perry (2-15) and Megan Schutt (2-19) took two wickets each.
Bates offered stiff resistance and brought up a fifty in 37 balls but Perry dismissed her in the 19th over.
Having failed to keep up with the asking rate, New Zealand only managed 128 for eight in 20 overs, giving Australia a 17-run victory.
However, New Zealand took home the series 2-1 having won the first two games.
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