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3rd T20I, Auckland, Apr 1 2021, Australia Women tour of New Zealand
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Auckland abandonment leaves New Zealand and Australia with shared series

Less than three overs were possible at Eden Park with the attention now switching to the ODIs

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Comms: Andrew McGlashan
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Australia Women14/1(2.5 overs)

5.30pm The match has been called off. The series is shared. A frustrating afternoon with the weather the winner. My colleagues will be around in a little while to keep tabs on conditions ahead of the final men's T20I, but the forecast isn't promising. This tour now switches into one-day mode with the first match on Sunday. For now, from Andrew McGlashan, it's goodbye and thanks for your company.

5.10pm Mehul Trivedi: "@Andrew - any news regarding restart? Sitting in Papakura about 35 kms from ground and it's raining here...let's hope for the best." Nothing yet, I'm afraid.

Craigy: "Looking at the rain radar... they might even be lucky to get tonight's game in, let alone this one."

Paul: "NZC trying to play into April is stupid and they have only themselves to blame. They bend over and take whatever the ICC and Cricket Australia throw at them." Look at the forecast after today...this is bad luck more than anything.

4.50pm I get a feeling it's going to be touch-and-go for this game now which is a real shame. Given the game started suspect the cut-off will be pushed back a bit but doubt they'll be much wriggle room.

Dave Fern: "At Eden Park hoping - looking pretty grey all around the stadium."

4.45pm Another chat from the umpires and rain has stopped play. It's been steady for a while and it's just too much now

2.5
Kerr to Healy, no run

steps back to leg, is cramped for room as this swings in, pushed to mid-off

Umpires have a chat but stay on for now

2.4
Kerr to Healy, no run

back of a length outside off, opens the face and finds short third

2.3
4
Kerr to Healy, FOUR runs

crunched! Found the middle that time. Full outside off, a stand-and-deliver drive straight down the ground

2.2
Kerr to Healy, no run

short again outside off, Healy attempts another booming shot through the off side and doesn't make contact

2.2
1w
Kerr to Healy, 1 wide

very wide outside off, left alone and gets the call

2.1
Kerr to Healy, no run

short outside off, square cuts and finds point. Healy will feel she missed out

end of over 25 runs • 1 wicket
AUS-W: 9/1CRR: 4.50 
Meg Lanning0 (2)
Alyssa Healy4 (6)
Rosemary Mair 1-0-5-1
Jess Kerr 1-0-4-0

The groundstaff are lurking

1.6
Mair to Lanning, no run

good length at off stump, defended towards point

1.5
Mair to Lanning, no run

full and straight, an appeal for lbw as Lanning misses the work to leg. Will they consider the review? Nope

1.5
1w
Mair to Lanning, 1 wide

short over leg stump, goes for the pull and doesn't make contact...called wide

Meg Lanning in at No. 3 as the rain starts to fall again

1.4
W
Mair to Mooney, OUT

taken at short third! Superb catch. Short of a length outside off, Mooney walking down the pitch, plays with an open face and it carries low to the edge of the circle

Beth Mooney c Down b Mair 4 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100
1.3
Mair to Mooney, no run

clipped firmly into the on side

1.2
2
Mair to Mooney, 2 runs

on the pads, flicked in the air through midwicket this time

1.1
2
Mair to Mooney, 2 runs

short outside leg stump, Mooney is early on the shot and it takes the toe end through midwicket

end of over 14 runs
AUS-W: 4/0CRR: 4.00 
Alyssa Healy4 (6)
Beth Mooney0 (0)
Jess Kerr 1-0-4-0
0.6
Kerr to Healy, no run

beaten this time, short of a length wide outside off, Healy looking to play square through the off side

0.5
Kerr to Healy, no run

fuller, shapes in, gets a good stride forward and pushes firmly to cover

0.4
Kerr to Healy, no run

back outside off, Healy charges down the pitch and has a wild swing without getting anywhere near it

0.3
4
Kerr to Healy, FOUR runs

a shorter delivery, angled into the body, pulled away fine

0.2
Kerr to Healy, no run

back of a length outside off, pushed cautiously into the covers

0.1
Kerr to Healy, no run

starts wide outside off, swings in to Healy who defends to backward point

Here come the players. Hopefully the weather holds. Jess Kerr with the new ball...

4.15pm New Zealand won the toss and bowl

New Zealand 1 Hayley Jensen, 2 Katey Martin (wk), 3 Amy Sattherthwaite (capt), 4 Amelia Kerr, 5 Maddy Green, 6 Brooke Halliday, 7 Hannah Rowe, 8 Lauren Down, 9 Thamsyn Newton, 10 Jess Kerr, 11 Rosemary Mair

Australia 1 Beth Mooney, 2 Alyssa Healy (wk), 3 Meg Lanning (capt), 4 Rachael Haynes, 5 Ash Gardner, 6 Ellyse Perry, 7 Nicola Carey, 8 Georgia Wareham, 9 Jess Jonassen, 10 Megan Schutt, 11 Tayla Vlaeminck

One change for each team: Down replaces the injured Mackay and Vlaeminck returns in place of Brown

13-over match, three bowlers can bowl 3 overs, two can bowl 2. Powerplay is four overs

4.00pm Sahil Patel: "Think about this optimistically, because of how crazy Auckland works, the weather can change in an instant and they can end up playing even when its saying its meant to be raining. So chin up everyone"

Good news the toss will be 4:15 local time and start at 4:30

3.50pm Neil: "The rugby season runs from February through to November, The overlap between cricket and rugby isn't because the cricket season is too long, it's because the rugby season is too long." Oh dear, what have we started...

Michael: "@Mr F, no such thing as cricket season going too long, and the weather is brilliant down South today. Maybe more games in the South Island (particularly places like Queenstown) would be a good idea..."

Oscar: "Rain has stopped where I am, ten minutes north of the ground. Looking much brighter than it was." Sounds promising

3.25pm Neil: "Scrolling through the past rain radar pics it looks like the front is moving reasonably fast. Another 30 or 40 minutes and it should have moved on, just a little bit of scrappy stuff behind it." Fingers crossed.

Mr F: "This is proof the season goes to long in New Zealand. Playing cricket in April? We've almost already finished the Super Rugby Aoteroa! Season should have finished weeks ago." No such thing as a cricket season that's too long, and the forecast after today looks good so appears unfortunate more than anything else...but on a slightly more serious point (and I know previous seasons have extended into April as well) this year had the complication of it being tricky to have multiple teams going through MIQ at the same time, so some schedules had to be tweaked. Still more than two weeks to go in the Australia season, too.

3.15pm Nick : "Weather is not looking good. Tickets are booked but not sure if its still worth coming the the park!" Been some rough luck for Auckland with the Australia and England matches also being moved due to the Covid-19 cases last month.

Update from NZC: The latest start time for this match is 5.27pm for a five-over contest

2.55pm Not much movement as yet

2.40pm Can't say this radar looks especially promising.

Leerini: "Not looking so flash north of Auckland where the weather's coming from. Hope me and my son can still catch some play today!"

The legend that is Hypocaust has this: "Not only is the 2017 Ashes the last time Australia women lost a T20I series, it's the last time before today that they've been taken to a decider in a bilateral series of any format."

2.30pm Looks like we could have a delay

2.20pm It's been a long time since Australia have lost a T20I series - back in 2017 - but they are no strangers to must-win games after last year's T20 World Cup.

Darcie Brown made her debut two days ago and impressed with her pace. She spoke about learning from the experience of this tour.

2.10pm Hello and welcome to coverage of the deciding match in this T20I series. New Zealand managed to squeeze home off the last ball in Napier which means it's all on the line today at Eden Park. I'm Andrew McGlashan and will bring you the action although keeping fingers crossed about the weather.

Some early news from the New Zealand camp is that Sophie Devine will not play - it was announced yesterday that she is suffering from fatigue. "Sophie won't play today and will stay at the team hotel as we continue to support her," coach Bob Carter

Frankie Mackay, player of the match two days ago, as also been ruled out of the rest of the season with partial tear to her right calf. Lauren Down and Molly Penfold have been drafted into the squad for today's game.

"Frankie was outstanding with bat and ball in Napier and showed plenty of grit playing with an injury," Carter said. "We wish her all the best in her recovery and thank her for what she's added to the group. It's great to welcome someone of Lauren's experience back into the group and we have full confidence she can perform any role we require."

Match details
Eden Park, Auckland
TossNew Zealand Women, elected to field first
SeriesAustralia Women tour of New Zealand
Season2020/21
Series result3-match series drawn 1-1
Match numberT20I no. 891
Match days01 April 2021 - day (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