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Scorer: Binoy George | Commentator: Andrew McGlashan

20 | 6 Runs 2 Wkts | NZ-W: 121/7 (18 runs required, RR: 6.05)

  • Lauren Down6 (4b)
  • Katie Perkins0 (0b)
  • Megan Schutt4-0-23-4
  • Delissa Kimmince4-0-24-2

Australia win by 17 runs on the opening day of the international summer in the country. After all that's gone on, that feels the most important part. As so often, Australia's depth and confidence shone through. New Zealand didn't pace their chase very well but may consider they didn't have the rub of the green with the umpires. Ash Gardner produced the standout batting of the match, while all Australia's bowlers played a part. Australia will know there's room for improvement as well, but after a six-month break that's hardly surprising.

Player of the Match is Ash Gardner "Pretty good pitch, it held a bit. Our aim was to go left and right handers. Nice to spend some time in the middle."

Sophie Devine "They probably got 10-20 runs too many. With the bat we just let it slip away. We'll get back into it tomorrow."

Meg Lanning "I thought we fought really nicely, Ash's innings was excellent. We had the luxury of knowing what would work bowling on that wicket. We were under the pump a little."

I'll wrap up the coverage for today. We'll be back tomorrow afternoon for the second match and hope you can join us. Until then, from Andrew McGlashan, it's goodbye.

Schutt to Down, 1 run, swings to the on side against a length ball, trickles off the bottom edge to short fine leg

Andrew C: "NZ have been Schutt Down."

Schutt to Down, FOUR, strong shot, up and over the off side

Schutt has two balls to claim her maiden T20I five-wicket haul

Schutt to Jensen, OUT, taken at deep midwicket, that's four for Schutt...Jensen came down the pitch but just ended up offering catching practice

HNK Jensen c Gardner b Schutt 4 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Schutt to Down, 1 run, that's a strong clip which almost carries to deep midwicket
Schutt to Down, no run, a swing and miss, slides past off stump
Schutt to Kerr, OUT, moves across the crease and scoops a length ball into the hands of short fine leg

AC Kerr c Molineux b Schutt 5 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Australia have this wrapped up

Arunabh: "I am surprised no one in critisizing Devine's approach. If we removed her boundaries from her scores then she made only 7 off 30. Can't bat like that and expect to win against Australia."

NZ Women 2nd innings Partnerships

1st27SFM DevineML Green
2nd16SW BatesSFM Devine
3rd22SW BatesAE Satterthwaite
4th40KJ MartinSW Bates
5th0SW BatesAC Kerr
6th10HNK JensenAC Kerr
7th1HNK JensenLR Down
8th5KT PerkinsLR Down