Cricket match date: 5th October 2018
Cricket match time: 14:50 IST
Cricket match location: Manuka Oval, Canberra, Australia
Cricket match format: T20I
Tournament: New Zealand Women Tour of Australia, 2018
Team A: Australia
Team B: New Zealand
Team A Captain: Meg Lanning
Team B Captain: Amy Satterthwaite
Cricket Match Review:
Australia women cricket team dominated the first two T20Is of the three-match series, and they continued relentlessly in the third and final match as well to complete the series win by 3-0. In the ultimate cricket match at Canberra, the home team came up trumps and pocketed a thumping win by nine wickets.
Meg Lanning, the Australian cricket team captain, won the toss and inserted New Zealand women cricket team to bat first. The openers, Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates, made a cautious start and reached the score of 29 in four overs unharmed.
It was the all-rounder Ellyse Perry, who provided the first blow. She dismissed Bates as she handed a catch to the wicketkeeper, Alyssa Healy. In the next over, Delissa Kimmince struck and sent back Devine. Ashleigh Gardner got rid of Maddy Green to reduce Australia to 40/3. Kiwi Captain Amy Satterthwaite and wicketkeeper Katey Martin added 28 runs for the fourth wicket while rebuilding the innings.
It was Ellyse Perry, who once again opened the doors for Australia women. Perry struck two blows in consecutive balls to dismiss captain and Watkin. New Zealand lost two more wickets in the next over of Sophie Molineux and, suddenly, the visitors were themselves drowning at 74/7.
Martin staged up a firm resistance and added crucial runs towards the end and the blackcaps eventually ended up 103 all out with Martin batting not out at 35 runs from 34 balls. Perry grabbed four wickets for 21 runs and Molineux finished with the figures of 3/11 including one maiden over.
Australian women team began confidently in the chase with the wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy leading the run-scoring. Beth Mooney played a supporting role and made sure Healy hogged most of the strike. Healy ultimately fell for 67 from 44 balls with 12 fours and single six, playing outrageous cricket shots. By that time, Australia women needed only six runs to win. Incoming batter Gardner completed the win. Devine was the only wicket-taker from New Zealand cricket team while Jess Watkin was very economical.
Ellyse Perry was adjudged as the player of the match, while Alyssa Healy was declared as the player of the series. Both teams will hope to learn a few lessons from this series with one eye on the upcoming T20I cricket World Cup in West Indies.
Cricket Match Summary:
New Zealand Women 103 all out in 19 overs (K. martin 35*, E Perry 4-21, S Molineux 3-11) lost to Australia Women 105-1 in 12.3 overs (A Healy 67, B Mooney 29*, Devine 1-14) by 9 wickets.
Australia women team win the three-match T20I cricket series by 3-0.
Man of the Match: Ellyse Perry
Cricket Statistical Highlights:
Sophie Molineux recorded her best bowling figures in T20I Cricket with the figures of 3-11.
Ellyse Perry recorded her third four-wicket haul in T20I cricket. Her best bowling figures in cricket remain 4-12.
Alyssa Healy scored her fourth half-century in T20I cricket.
Team A Cricket Team Playing XI: Australia
Rachael Haynes, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham
Team B Cricket Team Playing XI: New Zealand
Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Lea Tahuhu, Amy Satterthwaite (c), Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Katey Martin (wk), Amelia Kerr, KE Ebrahim, Jess Watkin, Bernadine Bezuidenhout
Alyssa Healy – 67 (44) Australia Women
Ellyse Perry – 4-21 Australia Women
Alyssa Healy – 1 six