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AUS Women vs NZ Women, 3rd Match, Group 1 at Paarl, WT20 WC, Feb 11 2023 - Match Result

RESULT
3rd Match, Group 1 (N), Paarl, February 11, 2023, ICC Women's T20 World Cup
(14/20 ov, T:174) 76

AUS Women won by 97 runs

Player Of The Match
5/12
ashleigh-gardner
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Scorecard summary
Australia Women 173/9(20 overs)
55 (38)
3/23 (4)
41 (33)
3/37 (4)
New Zealand Women 76/10(14 overs)
end of over 147 runs • 2 wickets
NZ-W: 76/10CRR: 5.42 RRR: 16.33 • Need 98 from 36b
Fran Jonas1 (2b)
Ashleigh Gardner 3-0-12-5
Darcie Brown 4-1-11-1

9.48 pm Well, New Zealand can complain until the cows come home about the Bezuidenhout third umpire decision. But the reality is that this was an absolute mauling by the defending champion juggernaut of Australia. The match was over well before the Bezuidenhout dismissal. It may seem a long time ago now but Megan Schutt dismissed both Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates in the opening over for a pair of golden ducks. From there, New Zealand has no chance, especially when they were trying to chase the highest total Australia had ever made against them in a Women's T20I. The end result is a 97-run win for Australia with New Zealand all out in 14 overs.

The player of the match is Ashleigh Gardner for her career-best haul of 5 for 12: "I think that was set up by our batters and gave us a little bit of flexibility and freedom with the ball. I was just lucky enough to come and take those wickets at the end. I've worked a lot on my wrist position to get up and over the ball to try to turn it. But it's more about the length. Some were bouncing today and some weren't so keeping the stumps in play also kept lbw in the picture. For the whole bowling unit, you need to bowl that knee roll length because some were staying up and some were shooting low so you just wanted to keep the stumps in play."

Fairly accurate summary from Gardner, who had two bowled and two lbw dismissals among her five wickets.

New Zealand captain Sophie Devine: "I thought we were really poor in all facets of the game. I thought Australia batted particularly well. I thought Lea Tahuhu was great with the ball. Amelia Kerr was outstanding. But 170 was always going to be a tough chase and the way we went about it losing early wickets was always going to be hard work. But really disappointing is the only way to sum it up. It's a really important thing to find the positives in this game because it's such a quick turnaround. So for us to be able to take wickets and be able to bowl them out pretty much was really pleasing. I certainly think you need to figure out what you can from the wicket and the conditions but then move forward. It probably played a little lower and slower than we were expecting but it's all part of the game learning to adapt."

Australia captain Meg Lanning: "We came into today knowing it was going to be a bit of a challenge in the conditions. We weren't really sure what we were going to get, but to be able to adapt really quickly, I thought Healy up front and Perry was incredible to put New Zealand under pressure. And then with the ball, early wickets always makes a difference, especially when it's Bates and Devine knowing how dangerous they are. I was disappointed to get out knowing I was just getting going and the conditions what they were. [On Gardner] She's been bowling really well for awhile now and she's become a very reliable bowler for me to go to in any conditions. She's worked really hard to get to this point so it's great that she's getting some rewards."

That's it for tonight's live coverage. Come back tomorrow for some more action from the Women's T20 World Cup when we have another doubleheader. It'll be an all Asian affair as India play Pakistan in the early game from Cape Town before Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka in the nightcap. I'm Peter Della Penna. Until then, take care!

13.6
W
Gardner to Carson, OUT

maiden five-wicket haul for Gardner to wipe out the Kiwis! Good length ball spins in sharply again from fifth stump, Carson makes the fatal error of going onto the back foot and plays around the ball. It nails her below the knee roll in front of middle and the lbw shout is upheld.

Eden Carson lbw b Gardner 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 10m) SR: 0
13.5
Gardner to Carson, no run

good length ball on fourth stump, defended.

13.4
1
Gardner to Jonas, 1 run

full on fourth stump, driven to long-on for one.

13.3
Gardner to Jonas, no run

good length ball on middle, defended into the leg side.

13.2
W
Gardner to Jess Kerr, OUT

Bullseye! Length ball on fourth stump spinning sharply in toward leg. Kerr backs away to cut but misses and the ball pegs back the top of leg stump.

Jess Kerr b Gardner 10 (10b 0x4 1x6 10m) SR: 100
13.1
6
Gardner to Jess Kerr, SIX runs

charges a full ball and creams this high and deep over long-on. In one shot she's more than doubled Gardner's figures from her first two overs.

end of over 133 runs
NZ-W: 69/8CRR: 5.30 RRR: 15.00 • Need 105 from 42b
Jess Kerr4 (8b)
Eden Carson0 (1b)
Darcie Brown 4-1-11-1
Ashleigh Gardner 2-0-5-3

Mark: "Implying that the decision is not as bad as NZ were likely to lose the match anyway is silly. It cut off a promising partnership and impacts on the NRR which could adversely affect NZ later in the tournament. And a bad decision is a bad decision- whatever the likely impact on the game." I never implied that the decision "is not as bad" because New Zealand are losing. What I said was that it is unlikely to be a major talking point after the match because of the lopsided nature of the rest of the match whereas if the same decision happened off the first ball of the final over with one wicket in hand and eight runs to win, it would be a huge talking point for days.

12.6
3
Brown to Jess Kerr, 3 runs

full on fifth stump, charges and drives to long-off for one.

12.5
Brown to Jess Kerr, no run

full on leg stump, driven back to the bowler.

12.4
Brown to Jess Kerr, no run

bouncer on fifth stump, left alone.

12.3
Brown to Jess Kerr, no run

short on the stumps, pulled to short midwicket for none.

12.2
Brown to Jess Kerr, no run

fullish length on leg stump, punched to mid-on for none.

12.1
Brown to Jess Kerr, no run

good length on off, goes back to defend to cover.

end of over 122 runs • 2 wickets
NZ-W: 66/8CRR: 5.50 RRR: 13.50 • Need 108 from 48b
Eden Carson0 (1b)
Jess Kerr1 (2b)
Ashleigh Gardner 2-0-5-3
Darcie Brown 3-1-8-1
11.6
Gardner to Carson, no run

good length ball on sixth stump, defended to cover.

11.6
1w
Gardner to Carson, 1 wide

good length ball on middle spins sharply down leg for a wide.

11.5
W
Gardner to Rowe, OUT

good length ball grips on the fifth stump line and spins in sharply while keeping low. Rowe goes back to defend and misses badly struck right in front of middle deep in the crease. LBW shout upheld immediately. Rowe refers this decision but it looks fairly hopeless. Three reds light up. New Zealand are out of reviews.

Hannah Rowe lbw b Gardner 9 (9b 1x4 0x6 23m) SR: 100
11.4
Gardner to Rowe, no run

charges to convert this into a knee high full toss on seventh stump, punched straight to extra cover.

11.3
1
Gardner to Jess Kerr, 1 run

short on fifth stump, backs away to cut and a diving stop moving left at backward point keeps this to a single.

11.2
Gardner to Jess Kerr, no run

good length ball on off, defended to cover.

11.1
W
Gardner to Tahuhu, OUT

good length ball grips in the wicket and holds up before spinning in sharply from fifth stump, Tahuhu with a very tentative flick that lobs up off the toe toward Harris at short midwicket who shuffles left for another simple catch at chest height.

Lea Tahuhu c Harris b Gardner 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 5m) SR: 40
end of over 113 runs • 1 wicket
NZ-W: 64/6CRR: 5.81 RRR: 12.22 • Need 110 from 54b
Lea Tahuhu2 (4b)
Hannah Rowe9 (7b 1x4)
Darcie Brown 3-1-8-1
Alana King 2-0-16-0
10.6
1
Brown to Tahuhu, 1 run

short on the body, goes to pull and gloves this to deep fine leg for one.

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
AJ Healy
55 runs (38)
9 fours0 six
Productive shot
cover drive
15 runs
2 fours0 six
Control
83%
MM Lanning
41 runs (33)
7 fours0 six
Productive shot
pull
16 runs
4 fours0 six
Control
85%
Best performances - bowlers
A Gardner
O
3
M
0
R
12
W
5
ECO
4
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
5W
AC Kerr
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
3
ECO
5.75
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Boland Park, Paarl
TossNew Zealand Women, elected to field first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Match numberWT20I no. 1357
Match days11 February 2023 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsAustralia Women 2, New Zealand Women 0
Language
English
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ICC Women's T20 World Cup

Group 1
TEAMMWLPTNRR
AUS-W44082.149
SA-W42240.738
NZ-W42240.138
SL-W4224-1.460
BAN-W4040-1.529
Group 2
TEAMMWLPTNRR
ENG-W44082.860
IND-W43160.253
WI-W4224-0.601
PAK-W4132-0.703
IRE-W4040-1.814