The third ODI match between New Zealand and Australia was delayed due to rain. And the match reduced to 25 overs. Australia beat New Zealand by 21 runs and won the ODI series by 3-0. Australian team maintained their winning streak of 24 consecutive ODI matches.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl. Australia’s two openers Alyssa Haley and Beth Mooney came down to bat and they started hitting boundaries from the first ball of the over, which is set them up for success. They were batting without any pressure. It was a solid partnership between Healy and Mooney, despite it being only the third time the two have batted together in ODIs.
Both the openers made a stable start where they added 73 runs. But after the 9th over, Tahuhu removed Mooney and the partnership was broken. Healy scored 46 runs by 39 balls before getting dismissed as Leigh Kasperek and Lea Tahuhu dismantled the middle-order as the Australian team soon witnessed a collapse with losing four wickets for mere seven runs. Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning too failed to contribute much, as Australia were reduced to 113 for 6 in the 19th over.
Amid this crucial time, Nicola Carey and Georgia Wareham started to resurrect the innings. They added much-needed 23 runs to take the side to near 150 runs in their reduced 25-over innings. Leigh Kasperek picked three wickets for her team as Australia finished their innings in 149 runs for 7 wickets.
While chasing, New Zealand lost their first wicket, Katie Martin, very cheaply. And soon Georgia Wareham took the second wicket of the hosts. Gardner got a lot of turns out of this pitch and successfully dismissed New Zealand captain Amy Satterthwaite and at one point they were reduced to 51 for 4. Among the top-order batters, Satterthwaite tried her best with a 27-ball 20.
However, Lauren Down (16), Jess Kerr (17) and Lea Tahuhu’s (21*) efforts went in vain as Megan Schutt and Wareham shared four wickets between them while Jess Jonassen, Gardner and Nicola Carey took one scalp each and restricted the host within 128, securing a win by 21 runs.
Australia 149/7 in 25 overs (Alyssa Healy 46; Leigh Kasperek 3-24) beat New Zealand 128/9 in 25 overs (Lea Tahuhu 21*; Megan Schutt 2-22) by 21 runs.