result
1st T20I (N), Hamilton, Mar 28 2021, Australia Women tour of New Zealand
(18/20 ov, target 131)133/4
AUS Women won by 6 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
73* (48)
ashleigh-gardner
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• Andrew McGlashan

Ash Gardner produces the perfect finish as Australia overcome wobble

The visitors stumbled to 14 for 3 in the chase but such is their ability to recover they won with two overs to spare

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Scores: Binoy George
Comms: Andrew McGlashan
Scorecard summary
New Zealand Women130/6(20 overs)
Australia Women133/4(18 overs)
end of over 1812 runs
AUS-W: 133/4CRR: 7.38 
Ellyse Perry23 (16)
Ashleigh Gardner73 (48)
Frances Mackay 4-0-29-1
Sophie Devine 3-0-22-0

Australia win by six wickets. We thought they were in trouble? Well, the world champions have cantered to victory with two overs to spare. A superb innings from Ash Gardner and a nice return with the bat for Ellyse Perry. New Zealand had their moments, especially Jess Kerr, but couldn't sustain the pressure when they had Australia 14 for 3. The visitors just have so much depth and confidence - they'll also feel better for the first run out of the tour. I'll wrap things up there for tonight. Thanks for your company and I'll be back on Tuesday for the second match.

17.6
4
Mackay to Perry, FOUR runs

dragged down short, pulled into the gap wide of deep midwicket and that seals it!

17.5
4
Mackay to Perry, FOUR runs

now it's Perry's turn, uses her feet and lofts this classically over mid-off

17.4
1
Mackay to Gardner, 1 run

drives through the covers

Koty: "Ash Gardner has made the most of her luck today. A stunning knock"

17.3
1
Mackay to Perry, 1 run

onto the back foot and knocks a good-length delivery down the ground

17.2
2
Mackay to Perry, 2 runs

sweeps a full delivery down to fine leg

17.1
Mackay to Perry, no run

skips down the pitch and drives to mid-off

end of over 1710 runs
AUS-W: 121/4CRR: 7.11 RRR: 3.33
Ashleigh Gardner72 (47)
Ellyse Perry12 (11)
Sophie Devine 3-0-22-0
Hayley Jensen 1-0-12-0
16.6
2
Devine to Gardner, 2 runs

full at middle and off, a strong whip through midwicket, lovely timing, good work in the deep

16.5
Devine to Gardner, no run

drives a full delivery to cover

16.4
4
Devine to Gardner, FOUR runs

that's a big, loopy slower ball outside off, Gardner throws everything at it and gets a thick edge to third. When it's your day...

16.3
2
Devine to Gardner, 2 runs

full at off stump, driven through cover and long-off can't stop the second

16.2
1
Devine to Perry, 1 run

full on the pads, clipped backward of square

16.1
1
Devine to Gardner, 1 run

digs out a full delivery into midwicket

Devine returns

end of over 1612 runs
AUS-W: 111/4CRR: 6.93 RRR: 5.00
Ashleigh Gardner63 (42)
Ellyse Perry11 (10)
Hayley Jensen 1-0-12-0
Rosemary Mair 3-0-18-0
15.6
1
Jensen to Gardner, 1 run

pushed down the ground to long-on

15.5
1
Jensen to Perry, 1 run

full outside off, driven into the covers

Vinod Rajpal: "The game would have been different by now if Green had not dropped the catch when Gardener was on 30.....what say Andrew?" Yep, a big moment

15.4
1
Jensen to Gardner, 1 run

full and straight, a strong whip through midwicket

15.3
4
Jensen to Gardner, FOUR runs

and now this one is dragged down short, poor delivery, pulled around the corner and this is now racing away

15.2
4
Jensen to Gardner, FOUR runs

swings across the line of a full, straight delivery, sends it backward of square as the requirement goes under a run-a-ball

15.1
1
Jensen to Perry, 1 run

full and straight, clipped firmly to long-on

Hayley Jensen into the fray

end of over 159 runs
AUS-W: 99/4CRR: 6.60 RRR: 6.40
Ashleigh Gardner53 (38)
Ellyse Perry9 (8)
Rosemary Mair 3-0-18-0
Amelia Kerr 3-0-34-1

Five overs to go and it feels like Australia have this back under control

14.6
2
Mair to Gardner, 2 runs

another full toss, on the pads, worked through square leg

14.5
2
Mair to Gardner, 2 runs

a low full toss, whipped firmly to midwicket where Mackay lets it through...that brace takes Gardner to an excellent 37-ball fifty

Match details
Seddon Park, Hamilton
TossAustralia Women, elected to field first
SeriesAustralia Women tour of New Zealand
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
Ashleigh Gardner
Ashleigh Gardner
Series resultAustralia Women led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberWT20I no. 889
Match days28 March 2021 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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John Dempsey
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Kim Cotton
TV Umpire
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Damian Morrow
Reserve Umpire
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Cory Black
Match Referee
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Gary Baxter