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Lanning, Villani guide Australia Women to 40-run win over New Zealand

Meg Lanning scored 60 for Australia Women
Meg Lanning scored 60 for Australia Women

Australia Women 151-4 (Villani 73no) beat
New Zealand Women 111-8 (Satterthwaite 40no) by 40 runs
First Twenty20 International in Melbourne

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.

Australia Women lost both Ben Mooney (1) and Ashleigh Gardener (0) early in the innings and were restricted to 20 for two.

Lanning (60) had the company of Villani (73 not out) and Australia had a moderate powerplay of 32 for two. Villani upped the ante in the 10th over when she smashed a six and a boundary as they reached 69 runs at half-way mark.

The pair brought their 50-run stand off 37 deliveries and Lanning was the first to reach her individual fifty off 41 deliveries. Even though Australia lost Lanning, Villani carried on and ensured Australia posted 151 for four in the 20 overs with her unbeaten 47-ball knock.

In the chase, Rachel Priest (7) and Anna Peterson (1) fell early following which Suzie Bates (26) and Amy Satterthwaite (40 not out) tried to wage a fight.

With Australian bowlers striking at regular intervals, the White Ferns lost momentum and could manage only 111 for eight in the 20 overs despite Satterthwaite remaining unbeaten at the other end. Villani was awarded the player of the match.

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