Australia 6 for 255 (Lanning 101*, Haynes 82, Kerr 3-47) beat New Zealand 9 for 252 (Devine 79, Satterthwaite 69, Jonassen 4-36) by 4 wickets
Meg Lanning produced one other chasing masterclass, citing her 14th ODI century with the profitable boundary, as Australia prolonged their maintain on the Rose Bowl to 21 years. Their four-wicket victory over New Zealand within the 2nd ODI additionally gave them an opportunity to equal the world document of consecutive ODI wins held by Ricky Ponting’s 2003 group.
Lanning, who gave the impression to be battling a tweaked proper hamstring for a lot of her innings, and Rachael Haynes placed on 117 for the second wicket to interrupt the again of their chase of 256. That is the most important goal Australia has wanted to chase of their 20-match profitable run.
Amelia Kerr claimed three wickets, together with two in consecutive balls, to depart Australia needing 57 with 5 wickets in hand. However they nonetheless acquired residence fairly comfortably ultimately, as Lanning remained a chilled, nerveless determine. Annabel Sutherland, who had proven her batting credentials on T20I debut in opposition to England earlier this 12 months, gave one other show of her expertise in a settling stand of 49 to see off the chase.
A Lanning six off a free hit in opposition to Kerr for a fielding regulation infringement helped ease the strain though it appeared the captain may pull up wanting three figures when Nicola Carey struck a boundary to depart three runs wanted, however she then blocked out the remainder of the over and Lanning produced a trademark late reduce to crown her match.
New Zealand produced a a lot better batting show than the opening recreation as Sophie Devine and Amy Satterthwaite each struck half-centuries earlier than robust flurries from Katie Martin and Maddy Inexperienced, however a late collapse of 5 for two in 9 balls sapped the momentum within the closing overs.
Alyssa Healy threatened one thing harmful at the start of the chase when she took 14 off the primary over from Lea Tahuhu – who was later compelled off with a again damage early in her second spell. Although she was bowled by Devine, Lanning and Haynes have been barely troubled as they chipped away briskly on the goal.
Haynes was beautifully fluent as she collected 58 of her 89 runs in boundaries, which included a six onto the grass banks, usually threading the ball by way of the off aspect and it got here as large shock when she picked out cowl in opposition to a full toss from Devine.
Kerr then gave New Zealand a glimmer of upsetting the chase. Beth Mooney was lbw when she missed a leg-break that took the again leg, Sophie Molineux didn’t choose the googly as she superior down the pitch and Ash Gardner edged her first ball to depart Kerr on a hat-trick – the third such alternative of the day – and Australia on 5 for 196 however there was by no means any run-rate strain.
New Zealand had been compelled to reshuffle their batting order after damage had dominated Suzie Bates out of the collection. It meant Devine pushed herself as much as open and alongside Natalie Dodd was capable of construct a stable begin with a gap stand of 75 in 18 overs.
Devine and Satterthwaite then put all their expertise to good use, though Australia by no means allowed the run fee to flee from them. There was, nonetheless, extra proactivity in opposition to the spinners than within the opening match the place the New Zealand batters had turn into caught.
Satterthwaite initially struggled to search out her timing and was 18 off 33 balls earlier than discovering her stride in what turned an more and more fluent innings. She took three boundaries off an over by Carey and introduced up her half-century from 58 balls.
Australia have been capable of construct strain on Devine and the frustration of not having the ability to up her scoring fee was exhibiting when she top-edged a sweep off Jess Jonassen. Kerr picked out mid-on in opposition to Carey and when Sattherthwaite chipped a return catch to Molineux, New Zealand wanted to search out somebody to provide the innings a robust end.
Martin and Inexperienced did a wonderful job in a stand of 42 in lower than 4 overs the place, simply briefly, it felt like Australia have been dropping somewhat little bit of management however Jonassen eliminated each in consecutive ball within the penultimate over and would find yourself taking three within the over.
Megan Schutt additionally discovered herself on a hat-trick within the ultimate over and that late clatter of wickets might have been the distinction between 250 and 270, though even the latter might not have been sufficient in opposition to this Australia group – and the grasp of a run chase, Meg Lanning.