Melbourne: Jan 24, 2013
Australia women lost the tightly-contested Twenty20 series against New Zealand 2-1 following a seven-wicket loss in the third and deciding match at the Junction Oval on Thursday.
The home side lost the toss and were sent in to bat. Elyse Villani, who recently rejoined the national side, found the boundary on three occasions and scored a quick-fire 20 runs before she was dismissed.
Jess Cameron (48) proved the mainstay for Australia with her knock, which included four fours and two sixes. She was well supported by Lisa Sthalekar (24) as they took their side’s total to 134 for 5 after 20 overs. The wickets were shared evenly among the White Ferns bowlers, with Morna Nielsen (1 for 9) the most economical.
New Zealand got off to a solid start in their run chase with openers Lucy Doolan (35) and Suzie Bates (67) putting together a strong partnership and notching the majority of runs required to achieve the target.
New Zealand captain Bates claimed the player-of-the match award while Meg Lanning was named player-of-the-series.