Tue 30 Mar 2021 06.00 BST
First published on March 30, 2021, 02.35 a.m. CET
5.57 a.m. BST05: 57
A win for New Zealand women. They were recently ordered around by England, and before that they toured and were ordered around Australia. They lost the first T20 game after having a good chance of winning it and there were several points today where it looked like they should win just for Australia to move forward again. It was a mystery until the last couple of overs, it was far from clinical, but it was probably all the more enjoyable for it.
Hannah Rowe was great in the end. Talk about humble records: she had hit a limit in T20 cricket for New Zealand before today. She hit two in those innings when they really mattered, ahead of Megan Rubble at the end. I wondered if Schutt was too consistent in this final, playing the same type of delivery over and over again. In the end, Rowe managed to do that.
5.55 a.m. BST05: 55
20th over: NZ 131-6 (Green 16, Rowe 14) New Zealand wins the match in an entertaining way. The ball is good, full and straight. Green gives himself space, tries a big swing to the side of the leg. Angled bat. Inside edge. Behind the stump of the leg, the short fine hits and runs for four. Carey sinks to the floor. Lanning hides her face in her hands. Green laughs, laughs before she even crosses a run, halfway up the field and unable to believe her luck. Rock hard and hope that’s about as nifty as it gets in this situation. And on this occasion hope has delivered.
5.53 a.m. BST05: 53
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19.5 overs: One run! Bottom edge of Rowe as she tries to go to the side of the leg. The ball lands at their feet. Green retired halfway and went on strike. Three runs to win, two runs to win a Super Over.
5.51 a.m. BST05: 51
19.4 Overs: Long conference between Lanning and Carey. Long is back. Long gone is back. It will be full. Point ball! Swing away from the bat and it’ll hit the ledge.
5.51 a.m. BST05: 51
19.3 Overs: One run. This time Green pushes it back past the bowler. Rowe on strike. 4 runs of 3 balls required.
5.50 a.m. BST05: 50
19.2 overs: dot ball! Almost a slip at the end of the non-striker when Green strikes back at Carey and Rowe dives for her floor.
5.49 a.m. BST05: 49
19.1 Overs: Maddy Green on strike. Can beat for a long time. Nicola Carey Bowling. Skiddy pace. On the stumps. Green hits it for four! By covering, on the way, along the ground, the gap meets.
5.48 a.m. BST05: 48
19. over: NZ 121-6 (Green 7, Rowe 13) No second hat trick in this format for Megan Schutt, as Rowe drives the corresponding ball to the ground for a single. Want the second one, but it’s not there. Green tries to muscle a ball straight but can only get one again. Rubble goes to the side of the leg, but Rowe, who tries to sweep, gets a pad on the ball! Stores rubble at least a width, maybe five of them. Similar line on the next ball, but Rowe stands up this time, clears her front toe, and shovels four runs through a long leg! Good shot. Play to the next Midwicket ball and race back to the second while rubble continues to aim at the bat’s boots. The same ball of rubble to end the ending, and by now Rowe has them lined up! Middle it on one knee between the two-sided sweepers at Midwicket for four.
5.44 a.m. BST05: 44
18th over: NZ 109-6 (Green 6, Rowe 1) Maddy Green can hit big and finds a limit here. Wakes up against a stump against Jonassen, steps outside and plays a standing blow behind the square leg. Hit another nice, but straight to deep midwicket. NZ takes 21 of the last two overs.
5.43 a.m. BST05: 43
17. over: NZ 101-6 (Green 0) Just shows how good this Australian team is. Games that they shouldn’t be participating in, they find ways to stay in them. You are now in the box seat.
5.41 a.m. BST05: 41
Two in two balls! Schutt scored a hat trick to finish third. Swing the ball in and float up the stumps. Kerr advances but doesn’t know what to do with the full length. Yorks themselves in the end. Strikes the ball, misses and hits the center stump.
5.39 a.m. BST05: 39
The left handed Halliday starts with debris coming around the wicket. Halliday is digging too long a run. Back over the wicket to the right-handed Kerr who is strong from her pads. Digs a point, then whips a ball far from Long-On. Halliday calls for two and runs to the end of the danger to make it. Kerr strikes again, cuts in width, hits him well, but is knocked down at the point. One run instead of four. That puts Halliday back on strike for a big swing in the leg, an outside ridge that climbs up and comes down in short cover where Healy has come in behind the stumps to catch. Another wicket from the fifth ball and the task becomes more difficult for New Zealand.
5.35 a.m. BST05: 35
16. over: NZ 97-4 (A Kerr 33, Halliday 0) Brooke Halliday did well in her short chance the other day. Kerr scored a hit for the last ball of the over after crossing before catching. Wareham ends up doing it beautifully, yorking Kerr and denying her the chance to score.
5.34 a.m. BST05: 34
Wareham’s finale is over. Kerr comes over the wicket with her leg spinner and clears it out over Midwicket. Four runs, first ball of over. Wareham comes back with a few points, swinging, but not in time. Sweeps a single, puts Martin on strike, and the kiwi keeper tries to get big right on the floor but makes a mistake. Carey waits in the middle and claims the high ball. Had to push the limits, Martin, but sucked up a few too many supplies before stepping out.
5.31 a.m. BST05: 31
15th over: NZ 92-3 (A Kerr 28, Martin 5) Slightly more productive for New Zealand, five singles against Jonassen as they work around the spin. You need 38 of the last five overs.
5.29 a.m. BST05: 29
14. over: NZ 87-3 (A Kerr 25, Martin 3) Parry and push. A fine from Wareham, two of them including Martin skipping a ball that landed safely between center and cover after trying to go over the top.
5.24 a.m. BST05: 24
13th over: NZ 85-3 (A Kerr 24, Martin 2) Katey Martin in the next, the busy wicketkeeper bat. Can be very useful in these situations. Jonassen throws the 13th and only gives up four singles while the Batters find the field.
NZ needs 45 of 42 balls. Frankie closed that void for them. Lose yours from here.
5.22 a.m. BST05: 22
12th over: NZ 81-3 (A Kerr 22) Darcie Brown is back. Ten runs from her three overs so far, and Lanning hopes she can get Frankie involved. But she bowls to Kerr first. and Kerr cuts beautifully for four! Shot! Not far from Haynes at the backward point, but it had even gone to her on the go. It flies far and wide to the rope. Feeling good, Kerr storms the Australian team’s fastest bowler but misses. Stay at home for the next ball, again short, again cut, but this time Haynes gets a hand while diving and keeps the score on a run. Frankie on strike. Nail it for four! By midwicket along the bottom, lots of bottom hand as she whips that ball away and comes over the line. Brown replies and hits her doorman so hard that Mackay is freed about the height of another Mackay. She is not disturbed. Get on the front dog’s next ball, drop to one knee, and crash the slog sweep for six! About deep middle. And after a brilliant game for New Zealand with 16 runs it comes to an end. Frankie is short and wide again and nails the cut but gets no placement. Quickly to Mooney, who juggles the catch but manages to claim it on the second try while falling to the ground.
What an inning for Frankie Mackay. All round applause. And let’s not forget, Darcie Brown’s first international wicket.
5.16 a.m. BST05: 16
11th by: NZ 65-2 (Mackay 36, A Kerr 17) Two shots per minute from Frankie. Tries the reverse round shot against Carey and tries to get through the deep third place, but is missing. Absolutely a pull shot for the next ball, but it’s a jump to the deep midwicket sweeper. Carey goes with the side of his leg to Kerr, would have been a distance, but Kerr catches it with a glove and takes four! Very good behind the goalkeeper.
5.14 a.m. BST05: 14
10. over: NZ 58-2 (Mackay 35, A Kerr 11) Another big blow for Mackay along the floor to the back seat, a run. Kerr attacks Wareham, who bowls shorter, and Kerr adapts well, opening his face to guide the ball to the backward point. Haynes and Mooney crash into each other! The ball escapes down between them for two runs, with the deck sweeper running around. Fortune smiles at New Zealand, and when Mackay pulls back too far, Healy throws at the non-striker’s stumps again, and Mackay has come back in time and then can take a fall. That gives her the strike and a chance to come down the wicket and beat Wareham for six. Via Deep Midwicket and into the hospitality area on the ground in Napier.
5.09 a.m. BST05: 09
9. over: NZ 47-2 (Mackay 27, A Kerr 7) Jess Jonassen plays orthodox with the left arm and takes wickets against New Zealand for fun. Mackay tosses the first ball off her pads and makes a second run to the deep back square and that hurts her. She already prefers an Achilles tendon by the looks of it, and it rolls her ankle a bit on the second run as well. Tries a backward pass on the next ball and misses. Then she nails a solid pull shot but straight to the deep midwicket. Take the run, Kerr cuts you for cover, Mackay tries a huge sweep shot and misses. So for Mackay it’s only now great successes. Another to end the ending, but finds the leg sweeper again. The doctor comes out at the end of the over, but Frankie says relax. It will continue to vibrate.
5.05 a.m. BST05: 05
8. over: NZ 41-2 (Mackay 23, A Kerr 6) Georgia Wareham on, and the Kiwis tackle them immediately. Mackay advances and takes a run. Kerr goes low and sweeps a boundary, then runs to the middle and hits well enough to draw a miss. The deep square leg is back now, so Mackay’s sweep is just one run. But seven from the top, and that helps.
5.02 a.m. BST05: 02
7th past: NZ 34-2 (Mackay 21, A Kerr 1) Amelia Kerr in the middle. Mackay was really at the top as a pinch hitter, but she’s still there and will probably have to try long to beat now. After swapping a few singles, she finds her first limit and lowers her knees to pull Carey hard and flat behind the square. Then a tricky single to end the ending and take over the pitch from Haynes who misses when Mackay works to the non-striker’s end. Apparently she is dealing with an injury problem, she certainly looks disabled on those fast runs.
4.59 a.m. BST04: 59
Oh dear. First ball after the power play, Nicola Carey bowling her medium pace on the pads of Satterthwaite who plays the pick-up shot well. Sometimes it hits from the air. But there is a deep central roof and it lands right in their hands. Looks like she wanted to get a little more angular with it.
4.56 a.m. BST04: 56
6. over: NZ 27-1 (Mackay 15, Satterthwaite 6) Mackay’s uppercut again against Brown, and he ends up not far from Schutt in deep third place. Satterthwaite backs away and slides into the same region. But when Brown goes inside the body he puts Mackay together and she can’t score. From the Yorker who follows. She has been fighting 19 balls for 13 balls and wants to leave. Sometimes her next shot was better off her pads, through a square leg for two runs.
The power play overs cost Australia 4, 2, 8, 3, 5 and 5. A triumph.
4.53 a.m. BST04: 53
5th over: NZ 22-1 (Mackay 12, Satterthwaite 5) Mackay is a busy player, but the only bowler she can’t handle is rubble. This inswing confuses Mackay, she falls over her front leg and tries to walk towards it consistently. Four point balls as she fumbled around before managing to poke a single square on the side of the leg. Satterthwaite saves the over for NZ as Schutt does not correct her left-handed line and lets the batsman take a look at the legs.
4.51 a.m. BST04: 51
4th over: NZ 17-1 (Mackay 11, Satterthwaite 1) Darcie Brown continues when she has stopped. Quickly, on the body, sometimes outside the stump. The Batters defend a couple of singles and then Frankie does a run in style. Another decent one, three runs down from the top.
4.47 a.m. BST04: 47
3rd over: NZ 14-1 (Mackay 9) Ellyse Perry has a bowl. She didn’t do this in the first match, but only fought at the end of the innings. Starts off with a rusty strain on the leg stump and Mackay shoves it through a fine leg for four. The batsman hits you halfway, and that’s also a no-ball for crossing, says the third referee. Jensen swings off his feet with a free hit, backs away and is completely absent. Received a single to cover a midfield, Mackay resumes the Frankie Show by scooping over a fine leg. But it’s saved and only brings one, and that puts Jensen on strike for the sixth ball. She tries to vacate the center and instead cuts it straight to Lanning for cover. That’s what I was referring to with Jensen: 3 out of 12 isn’t what you need from an opener who rarely looked like it had a clear idea of where to score.
4.42 a.m. BST04: 42
2nd over: NZ 6-0 (Mackay 3, Jensen 2) Darcie Brown rolls on with her debut. She turned 18 a few weeks ago and now plays for Australia. Was a revelation in the recent Big Bash, especially for left-handers who swung the ball into the stump at high speed. She is 120 km / h on her first lap over here, a shape on the ball, supported by a strong offside field. And closes the over with a bouncer! Also a beauty that zipped up on Jensen’s lid while a pull did not even come close to making contact and then turned into half a duck. Wheels!
4.38 a.m. BST04: 38
1st over: NZ 4-0 (Mackay 2, Jensen 1) Exactly then. Hayley Jensen and Frankie Mackay open the eyelash, which is a pretty makeshift combination. Frankie fought briefly and entertainingly for 8th place in the final in the final game, and Jensen is a career number 8 (at least mentally) recently brought to his knees as a prize hitter. You have Megan Rubble swinging the ball into her pads and can only do a few singles and leg byes.
4.28 a.m. BST04: 28
Outstanding performance from New Zealand: You didn’t go through the Australian batting but that makes it more impressive to keep it at 129. Mooney fought his way through the innings but could only collect 61 of 54 balls but never got to break the game up. At the other end, no one could tee off to add to their innings either.
Mackay and Satterthwaite bowled less than 6 per over, Amelia Kerr and Mair less than 7 and Jess Kerr 7. Only two overs by Rowe went 8 per over. A six in the innings and eleven fours. Only five limits in the last ten overs. This is an all-out victory for the bowlers who have managed to keep Australia’s batters on their field.
4.23 a.m. BST04: 23
20th passing: Australia 129-4 (Mooney 61, Perry 2) Hannah Rowe is busy. Mooney slams a ride from Mair, but Rowe saves two runs on the rope. The next ball goes straight to Rowe for a run. The Australians just can’t find this fence! A couple of low full litters, but singles only. A York from Mair lands on the right and another single. A couple of pings on the stumps, no direct hits. And a Yorker to end it, a run to the circle. This is brilliant bowling and fielding at the end. Seven runs from the final over.
4.19 a.m. BST04: 19
19th over: Australia 122-4 (Mooney 56) Two wickets from the top for Mackay, who ends with 2 for 20 of four overs. Fabulous bowling.
4.18 a.m. BST04: 18
Ten balls remain in the innings when Gardner comes to the fold. Mackay smart bowling to play on the pads and Gardner can only pull one away. In Mooney’s toes, and she can just take a run. Two balls left in the over. Gardner backs away to drive over cover, but it is rescued by the rope and costs only two. And finally, Gardner does what she has to do: step over, free the front leg, aim high, but get no distance at this height. Caught in the air by the wicketkeeper after a detour over 40 meters.
4.15 a.m. BST04.15
Frankie Mackay will roll the 19th. Very interesting to see how New Zealand relies so much on off-spin when Gardner, so dangerous against spin, is still sitting on the bench waiting to come in.
She’s about to get a late chance though! Haynes, the second ball of the over, pulls back outside of the stump of her leg and cuts backwards. Easy catch, Kerr on his knees to claim it.
4.13 a.m. BST04: 13
18th over: Australia 116-2 (Mooney 55, Haynes 27) Satterthwaite goes on and skittles very well: around the wicket and driving it in at the feet of the left-handers. A single, a couple of points, a single. Almost a slip on the non-striker’s end when Mooney knocks the ball back at Satterthwaite, who grabs it and flicks it on the stump while Haynes pulls back. A limit for Haynes in the ground if the length isn’t full enough to keep it from getting under shot, just three singles. Seven runs from the 18th are a definite victory.
4.10 a.m. BST04: 10
17th over: Australia 109-2 (Mooney 54, Haynes 21) Amelia Kerr with her leg spin and finally Haynes breaks free. Use her feet and run over additional cover, a well-timed shot for four. Predictably, Kerr is falling off shorter, so Haynes plays a wild cutback, and the dive at the backward point can’t stop him. There are also two run-out chances in the over, Mooney is still buckling these singles on, and twice there is no direct hit that could have created a wicket. Haynes gets 10 from the over. Three more overs. New Zealand must hold the Australians back.
4.07 a.m. BST04: 07
16. Over: Australia 98-2 (Mooney 53, Haynes 11) The milestone for Mooney with a single from Jess Kerr’s first ball, but she has achieved a quiet hit rate by her standards. Both batters are looking for big shots, but they can’t schedule anything. Six runs from the top, mostly singles pulled onto the field.
4.05 a.m. BST04: 05
15th over: Australia 92-2 (Mooney 49, Haynes 9) Amy Satterthwaite is now bowling her breaks. It’s interesting, she hardly plays for New Zealand anymore. By my count … 9 overs in all formats since 2017. The ball comes out pretty well though, some flight, pitching on a length, two singles and a bracket from above. Four runs from the 15th are a real victory.
4.00 a.m. BST04: 00
14. over: Australia 88-2 (Mooney 48, Haynes 6) Mooney pulls himself over the line in Mair, straight to Midwicket and without a run. Then Mooney gets a toss that Mooney pounds in the middle. Satterthwaite jumps over with one hand and only gets his fingertips. Two runs, then she scorches a square ride, but there’s a low point so just one run. Haynes cannot hit Newtwon backwards with a steering shot, Newton was an energy point on the field. Mair slides far over the side of the leg. It’s only the third extra of the innings after a few leg byes. Good discipline after New Zealand bowled a number of wides the other day. The last ball of the over, Mooney walks over and plays the ramp shot for four. Removed from the outside of the stump, a piece removed, no fine leg in place.
3.57 a.m. BST03: 57
13th over: Australia 79-2 (Mooney 41, Haynes 5) A shot by Haynes for two against Amelia Kerr, after which a short, fine leg is used. Kerr holds things tight, a few bullets, and Mooney tries again for a long time. Only gets one run because she doesn’t get it.
3.53 a.m. BST03: 53
12th over: Australia 74-2 (Mooney 39, Haynes 2) Mooney is still a helter skelter: he tells Mackay to defend himself, then try to loft a big one and two runs down the middle to run and then drive a single one. Haynes scoops a few runs and then throws a sweep shot right too short, whereupon Mooney wants another hot single and is turned back.
3.50 a.m. BST03: 50
11th over: Australia 69-2 (Mooney 36, Haynes 0) Well, until that wicket it had been a good ending for Australia. Rowe was driven through cover by Mooney, although a good save from Jensen kept the goal down to two. Then a bad ball from Rowe settled on the stump of the leg and Lanning hit a pulling shot across the floor four times. But things dissipate from the fifth ball and then, on the sixth, Haynes steers straight to the backward point and Mooney tries again to pinch a single one, has to turn back to the end of the non-striker and almost runs out of time. She has a couple of bees on her mind right now.
3.49 a.m. BST03: 49
A Tuesday barbecue! What was that thinking there? Mooney drives Hannah Rowe hard and straight for cover ???? and still makes his way to the run. Lanning answers the call, but she wasn’t expecting it, and she’s a little slower to respond. She takes a bad throw, but Jess Kerr collects cleanly and shoots straight into Katey Martin’s gloves and the wicketkeeper does the rest. The umpire doesn’t even bother to go to the replay.
3.42 a.m. BST03: 42
10th over: Australia 61-1 (Mooney 33, Lanning 22) Frankie Mackay is back and turning the left-handed wicket to start, but Mooney gets a single straight away. Over the wicket to Lanning, who is checking a push into the gap. Flight to Mooney moving forward and square. Tamsyn Newton chases it back to the rope, slips and snaps back to Amelia Kerr, who assists her. Three runs. Mackay falls short, but Lanning has unusually missed a few opportunities behind the point and she hits another that is well saved by a diving Mair. Great span on this outfield player. Then a slight chance at Midwicket when Lanning flicks over Amelia Kerr, who may be touching the ball with her fingertips as she bounces after the catch. Two more stripe runs. But this Australian couple is still there.
3.38 a.m. BST03: 38
9th over: Australia 54-1 (Mooney 29, Lanning 19) A good over from Amelia Kerr, five runs away after tying Lanning in the middle of the over. Only singles moved around the field, then two runs as Lanning pulls the sixth ball. The googly pitching again too short.
3.35 a.m. BST03: 35
8th over: Australia 49-1 (Mooney 27, Lanning 16) The Kerr sisters are now bowling in tandem, and Jess comes back. Lanning tries to do what Healy didn’t and Lanning succeeds, opening her face and deliberately driving over cover. Twists the stroke, then Mooney picks up a slower ball and hits it over Midwicket. Four more. 11 from above with a leg bye and another single for Mooney to the backward point.
3.32 a.m. BST03: 32
7th over: Australia 38-1 (Mooney 22, Lanning 11) The field restrictions end and Amelia Kerr comes into play. The Australians followed her the other day, especially Gardner, and beat her out of the attack. Very rarely would you see A. Kerr, by far the best female bowler in New Zealand, fail to complete her four overs in a T20. She caught Lanning in the depths, but many of her broken legs flew down without being caught. No big hits this time: Mooney drives a single, Lanning cuts a few runs back to third place, then they take a few more singles. Lanning uses her feet early and turns balls into low full throws. So she gets a short ball from the sixth over, Kerr tries a wrong ball, but throws it short and wide and gets away with it, while Lanning cuts straight to the rear point fielder.
3.27 a.m. BST03: 27
6th over: Australia 33-1 (Mooney 20, Lanning 8) Lanning, who keeps trying to go offside against Hannah Rowe’s Sailors, has a hard time getting the ball to play early. Pushes a ball high over the point of luckily not getting caught for two runs, misses a few more attempts. But once she goes to the side of the leg, that’s where she gets the timing. The ball is a bit fuller and Lanning hits it high above the rope on the floor. The two, the six and four points from above.
3.23 a.m. BST03: 23
5th over: Australia 25-1 (Mooney 20, Lanning 0) Mooney again picks up a limit from that straight ball from Mair, first from above, but Mair bowls really well after a single lanning put on strike Has. Full and straight, the Australian captain yorks twice, just keeping the ball out. No more points prevent a leg goodbye as Katey Martin falls down the side of the leg and does an awkward side roll that bends her neck. « I don’t need a chiropractor after that, » she says on the player microphone.
3.21 a.m. BST03: 21
4th over: Australia 19-1 (Mooney 15, Lanning 0) The captain Meg Lanning to the kink for the last ball of the fourth over. Defends.
3.18 a.m. BST03: 18
This time Newton is able to make up for her previous miss with a dive stop at the backward point after Mooney steered the ball in search of the limit in the deep third. They run off and Healy pushes Jess Kerr’s delivery outside and misses. Rarely do you see the Aussie Keeper opener starting so slowly: by now, she’s usually either at 20 or she’s out. She withdraws to shorten his time, wants to make room, but ends up doing too much. And from the fifth ball of the over? I swear I wrote the lines above before this happened. Healy swings big on a fully swinging ball and tries to take cover and she is brilliantly trapped behind her! Katey Martin, standing up against the stumps, makes a rebound catch. The thick edge hits her gloves and goes out before she has time to think, but she is able to hit the rebound in front of her body and jump forward from there to grab the second chance.
3.14 a.m. BST03: 14
3rd over: Australia 17-0 (Healy 3, Mooney 14) Healy wants to get started. Mair goes ahead, hits the ball nicely on the side of the straight, but a top diver save from Hannah Rowe prevents a limit. They start running. Mair hits Mooney at a really nice length by moving the ball away from the seam twice from the left and hitting the edge. Too straight off the last ball, and Mooney flips through a long leg for four and beats Newton’s sliding rescue attempt.
3.09 a.m. BST03: 09
2nd over: Australia 12-0 (Healy 2, Mooney 10) Jess Kerr from the other end and she was the standout last night. She swings her right arm, usually comes over the wicket, takes the ball far and swings it away from the left into the right-hander. That’s how she got the first left-handed Mooney ball the other night, swung over and caught him slipping. But Kerr’s first ball today is a little straight so Mooney can drive a single one of her stumps to the side of her leg. Healy tries a big pull shot of a shorter ball and gets just enough from a top edge to carry him in a circle over midwicket. A happy run. Mooney on strike again. Doesn’t want to be a sitting duck if Kerr gets her length right, so Mooney goes ahead to change the length. Smart move, and it’ll give her more length to cover for four! Top shot that beats the field along the ground. Kerr comes around the wicket in response to see if she can bring her fishing line into play with a touch of outward swing while at the same time bringing lbw into play with the straight ball. But she falls short again to end the ending, and Mooney draws for four. She’s such a classy player on the floor. Doesn’t hit a lot of sixes, but doesn’t have to: She hits more fours than anyone else in the game.
3.04 a.m. BST03: 04
1st over: Australia 2-0 (Healy 1, Mooney 1) Let’s go. Frankie Mackay will open bowling and batting today in Devine’s absence. The only word so far is that she’s sick rather than hurt. I wish her the best. Mackay bowls turn off and she got Healy out the first night the first. So Healy will be vigilant when he starts the game today. He takes four balls to push a single one through cover across the floor. Mooney adds another. No aerial photography, no advancement on the wicket.
2.49 a.m. BST02: 49
Sophie Devine isn’t playing today, I’m just looking for information on what is likely to be an injury break for the captain. So a move to the NZ team at the head of the order and the addition of Thamsyn Newton. For Australia, young speedster Darcie Brown will make her debut, which is exciting. Tayla Vlaeminck is turned aside to assist in the return of long-term foot fractures.
2.43 a.m. BST02: 43
The coin gets in the way of Amy Satterthwaite this time after Lanning decided to hunt in the first match. In general, this is the preferred method for teams in T20 these days: know what you are following. Especially in a day game where the floodlights and dew don’t change the batting conditions in the second innings.
2.34 a.m. BST02: 34
The time has come: Game 2 of the T20 series between Australia and New Zealand. The first match was one that went spinning and spinning, with the Kiwis fighting in the first half, taking the top spot in bowling, and then being swept aside by a mighty inning from Ashleigh Gardner. They are not going to bring four wickets to this Australian team every day for not many so they may ruin this missed opportunity. The Aussies will likely be better for the run after spending two weeks in hotel quarantine. Are they going to fire today? Or can the home team come together after a bad home season so far, having been comfortably beaten by England in two formats?
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