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Kasperek takes four as New Zealand take 1-0 lead

Kasperek takes four as New Zealand take 1-0
Suzie Bates (centre) scored 33 and picked a wicket as well.
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New Zealand Women 114-6 (Bates 33) beat
Australia Women 113-7 (Lanning 30) by four wickets
First Twenty20 International in Wellington

A four-wicket haul from Leigh Kasperek helped New Zealand Women restrict Australia Women to 113 for seven before Suzie Bates, Sara McGlashan and Amy Satterthwaite played crucial knocks to complete a four-wicket win in the first Twenty20 International in Wellington, setting up 1-0 lead in the three match series.

New Zealand won the toss and opted to field first. Despite losing a wicket early in the game, Meg Lanning (30) and Ellyse Perry (17) played handy knocks before Kasperek (4-7) got the pair stumped in the 10th over, leaving Australia at 57 for three at the half-way mark.

Kasperek struck twice again in the 12th over to dismiss Alex Blackwell (10) and Alyssa Healy (0).
Knocks from Jess Jonassen (17) and Erin Osborne (17) eventually helped Australia post 113 for seven in 20 overs.

In their chase, New Zealand lost Rachel Priest (1) in the second over but Bates (33) and McGlashan (22) added 40 runs for the second wicket to keep the innings on track.

After the fall of McGlashan in the seventh over, Satterthwaite (22) joined hands with Bates to post a 32-run partnership.

Despite losing a few quick wickets, Katey Martin (12 not out) stayed unbeaten along with Sophie Devine (4 not out) to complete a four-wicket victory.

This win gave New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the series. Kasperek was the player of the match for her four -wicket haul.

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