Delissa Kimmince’s three wicket stint & Rachael Haynes 40 run knock helped Australia defeat New Zealand by eight wickets in the second T20I of the three match series on Sunday at the Allan Border field in Brisbane. With this historic win Australia gained a 2-0 lead in the three match series. Both the teams will now play against each other in the third & final T20I on Wednesday, September 30. Chasing the target of 129 runs Australia started its stint with Openers Alyssa Healy & Beth Mooney putting on 50 runs in just five overs but the epic partnership was ended by New Zealand’s Lea Tahuhu as she dismissed Healy on 33 runs in the fifth over. Soon after Mooney who scored 24 runs & was sent back to the pavilion by Ameila Kerr in the eighth over, reducing Australia to 64/2 still 65 runs away from the target.
However as it is said that ‘All is well when the end is well’, this saying came true in case of Australia when Meg Lanning & Haynes ensured that Australia did not suffer from any more hiccups. The duo put a fantastic stand of 65 runs to take Australia over the line by eight wickets with 20 balls to spare. Haynes and Lanning remained unbeaten on 40 and 26 respectively.
Earlier a spirited bowling performance helped Australia bundle out New Zealand for just 128 in the allotted 20 overs. After opting to bat first New Zealand started with a poor performance as the team Sophie Devine & Maddy Green scoring just 16 runs together. However, Suzie Bates & Amy Satterthwaite revived the innings for New Zealand as the duo put on 49 runs for the third wicket, but Georgia Wareham got Australia back into the match with back-to-back wickets of Satterthwaite (30) and Hayley Jensen (7), reducing New Zealand to 80/4 in the 12th over.
New Zealand kept losing its crucial wickets at regular intervals & the side bowled out under 130 run mark resulting in Australia’s victory.