<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="New Zealand beat Australia women in tightly-contested T20 series" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130124135522.jpg" title="New Zealand beat Australia women in tightly-contested T20 series" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> New Zealand captain Suzie Bates claimed the player-of-the match award © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Melbourne: Jan 24, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> The home side lost the toss and were sent in to bat. <a href="/tags/Elyse-Villani/post" target="_blank">Elyse Villani</a>, who recently rejoined the national side, found the boundary on three occasions and scored a quick-fire 20 runs before she was dismissed.<br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Jess-Cameron/post" target="_blank">Jess Cameron</a> (48) proved the mainstay for Australia with her knock, which included four fours and two sixes. She was well supported by <a href="/tags/Lisa-Sthalekar/post" target="_blank">Lisa Sthalekar</a> (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.<br /> <br /> New Zealand got off to a solid start in their run chase with openers <a href="/tags/Lucy-Doolan/post" target="_blank">Lucy Doolan</a> (35) and <a href="/tags/Suzie-Bates/post" target="_blank">Suzie Bates</a> (67) putting together a strong partnership and notching the majority of runs required to achieve the target.<br /> <br /> The White Ferns reached their target in the 19th over, finishing 136 for 3. <a href="/tags/Ellyse-Perry/post" target="_blank">Ellyse Perry</a> and <a href="/tags/Renee-Chappell/post" target="_blank">Renee Chappell</a> were the only wicket-takers for Australia.<br /> <br /> New Zealand captain Bates claimed the player-of-the match award while <a href="/tags/Meg-Lanning/post" target="_blank">Meg Lanning</a> was named player-of-the-series.<br /> <br /> The Australian team will depart Friday for <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India</a> to take part in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tags/ICC-Women%27s-World-Cup-2013/post" target="_blank">ICC Women's World Cup</a>.