New Zealand have won the 2nd T20 match against Australia’s Shooting Stars, levelling the series at 1-1.
After winning the toss, the Australian batting was put under pressure as New Zealand took 3–12 in the first three overs.
It looked ominous for the Australians as the wickets continued to tumble, but Katie Mack (24 from 22 balls) and Beth Mooney (35 from 38) fought back reaching 5–57 (10.2 overs) before Mack became Kate Broadmore's 2nd wicket (2-19 from 4 overs).
The stage was set for Jemma Barsby (37 from 32) to join Mooney and to start compiling a respectable total.
Barsby was the aggressor smashing three boundaries and a six in her 37.
Their 64-run partnership from 50 balls saw the Shooting Stars reach 126 at the close of the innings.
The NZ bowlers were on top for most of the 20 overs kept the pressure on with tight bowling that resulted in good economy rates.
The Australians were depending on a repeat of yesterday's good performance with the ball, but other than Gemma Triscari’s first over wicket of New Zealand opener Frances MacKay, it was all New Zealand.
The Australian’s fought well, and through the middle overs Nicola Carey (1 for 9 from 3 overs) and Jemma Barsby (0-18 from 4) pegged the Kiwis back to make a tight finish.
Angela Reakes created a chance removing Natalie Dodd (26 from 32 deliveries) with a brilliant piece of leg spin bowling. The ball deceived the Kiwi in flight and keeper Beth Mooney displayed some sharp skills to effect the stumping.
At 3–91 in the 16th over it looked like the Aussies were on the comeback, but New Zealand’s Janet Brehaut (55 from 54 balls) kept her head, batting through the innings and guiding the team home with an over to spare.
The teams will now play a series of three 50 over matches, both teams will be keen to get the upper hand in the series with a win on Monday.
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First Posted 17 March, 2012 1:09PM AEST