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Fifty from Suzie Bates drives New Zealand Women to series victory

Fifty from Suzie Bates boost New Zealand Women to series victory
Suzie Bates scored 54 off 53 deliveries for New Zealand.
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New Zealand Women 117-5 (Bates 54) beat
Australia Women 116-6 (Perry 55no) by five wickets
Second Twenty20 International in Wellington

New Zealand Women chased down a target of 117 runs in 19.3 overs with the aid of a calculated fifty from their skipper Suzie Bates to complete a five-wicket victory over Australia Women in the second Twenty20 International in Wellington and thereby secured an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

New Zealand won the toss and chose to field first. Morna Nielsen (2-12) vindicated that decision by dismissing both the openers Meg Lanning (4) and Elyse Villani (6) in the third over.

Lea Tahuhu (1-13) dismissed Alex Blackwell (2) in the sixth over to leave Australia struggling at 13 for three.

However, a crucial unbeaten fifty from Elyse Perry (55 not out) and important knocks from Alyssa Healy (23) and Jess Jonassen (22) helped Australia to post 116 for six in their 20 overs.

The New Zealand openers got the team off to a steady start with a 59-run partnership that set the tone for the chase.

However, a double strike from Lanning (2-17) dented the innings as Rachel Priest (17) and Sara McGlashan (0) fell in the 10th over with 57 runs still needed for a win.

Bates (54) and Amy Satterthwaite (34) got together to calm the nerves and posted a 47-run stand which took New Zealand within touching distance of victory.

Australia made a comeback of sorts by picking up three wickets between overs 18 and 20 but were unable to prevent New Zealand from securing a five-wicket win.

This win gave New Zealand a series-clinching 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

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