The result: New Zealand 103 (Perry 4-21, Molineux 3-11) lost to Australia 1-104 (Healy 67) by nine wickets
The match in a tweet: Rachael Haynes reels in an absolute stunner as Perry and Molineux dismantle the White Ferns for 103 before a Healy blitz secured the clean sweep with 45 balls to spare.
Perry, Perry good: Ellyse Perry was not needed with the bat in the entire series so she had no choice but to make an impact with the ball in Canberra. Starting off with the key wicket of Suzie Bates, Perry clattered the stumps of Amy Satterthwaite, found the leading edge of Jess Watkin and had Amanda Kerr caught behind to collect her third four-wicket haul in T20 internationals.
Out with the old, in with the Molineux: Sophie Molineux might not be playing had Jess Jonassen been fit, but as it stands the left-arm spinner has taken her chance with both hands. Darting the ball into New Zealand's right-hander's from around the wicket, Molineux claimed 3-11 from four frugal overs. Her strategy of targeting the stumps was evident in her wickets: two lbws and one bowled, and she was on a hat-trick before being taken out of the attack by skipper Lanning. Brutal! When she did have a chance at the hat-trick, she fumbled a certain run out much to her visibly frustration. In the end it didn't matter.
Healy hammering: Set a modest target, Alyssa Healy did not rein in her stroke play. Hitting over, through and around New Zealand's infield, the dynamic opening batter struck 12 fours and a flat six over mid-wicket. Her 50 came up in 35 balls, with 42 runs in boundaries. The right-hander shared a 98-run first-wicket stand with Beth Mooney to put the result and whitewash beyond doubt.
Fielding – the good: Rachael Haynes take a bow! Running around from cover, Haynes flung out a left hand in desperation and clung on to Jess Watkins' ballooning leading edge between thumb and forefinger. The stunning effort was matched by her wild celebrations, sprinting away from her swarming teammates before she was eventually rounded up. The instant classic gave Perry two wickets in two balls, but it wasn't a perfect night in the field for Haynes or the Australians.
Fielding – the bad: The Aussies had a horror night in the field last time they played at Manuka Oval, dropping four routine catches in a record-breaking loss to England in last summer's Women's Ashes. Friday night started in similar fashion when Mooney got in an awkward position and put down a dolly one-handed catch at cover, one that would have been scooped up by skipper Meg Lanning. Haynes, before her brilliant effort, dropped a sweetly-timed cut shot from Maddy Green at point. Fortunately for both Mooney and Haynes, each spill would not hurt the hosts.
Thumbs down and out: On a freezing night in Canberra, NZ seamer Hayley Jensen dislocated her thumb in the warm-up. It forced a last-minute change for the White Ferns, who could have used her right-arm pace defending 103.
Rapid Statz™: Perry's four-wicket haul took her to 250 international wickets, just the third bowler to achieve the feat in women's cricket. Jhulian Goswami (303) and Anisa Mohammed (258) are Perry's next targets.
What's next for the Australians: They are off to Malaysia for three-match series in both ODI and T20 cricket before heading to the Caribbean for the ICC Women's World T20.
Australia XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning (c), Elyse Villani, Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Sophie Molineux, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt
New Zealand XI: Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Maddy Green, Amy Satterthwaite (c), Katey Martin (wk), Jess Watkin, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Kate Ebrahim, Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu, Holly Huddleston
CommBank T20 INTLs v NZ
September 29: Australia win by six wickets
October 1: Australia win by six wickets
October 5: Third T20I, Manuka Oval, Canberra
Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
New Zealand squad: Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Sophie Devine, Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Amy Satterthwaite (c), Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin