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3rd T20I (N), Taunton, Sep 9 2021, New Zealand Women tour of England
(19.5/20 ov)145/6
ENG Women won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Player Of The Match
42 (36)
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Heather Knight, Sophia Dunkley seal series for England with final-over victory

Dunkley hits penultimate ball for four to deny New Zealand in tight chase

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Scorecard summary
New Zealand Women144/4(20 overs)
Suzie Bates34 (30)
Nat Sciver1/29(4)
England Women145/6(19.5 overs)

9.40pm: Time for the presentations, New Zealand captain Sophie Devine is Player of the Series: "Great game of cricket, credit to England, they held their nerve. Disappointing not to win but we'll take a lot of learnings from it. [Satterthwaite 20th over] It was a mid-pitch conversation between half a dozen of us but Amy's got the experience, we thought pace off the ball and trying to get them to hit to the bigger boundary, but it didn't come off."

England's captain Heather Knight is Player of the Match: "Lovely night. Bit rusty, to be honest, but New Zealand were fantastic. Great to get over the line. We weren't perfect but lots of good performances, different people contributing at different times. [50 runs from last four] We're always trying to be better, times we've been brilliant at the death. Got off to a good start, didn't take wickets but reined them in. [Dunkley] What a summer, really important for her to soak up the pressure and get us over the line."

Right, that's a wrap for the T20Is. The teams move on play five ODIs that will form a big part of World Cup planning. We'll be back for that next week. Until then, thanks for your comments as always. Cheerio!

9.30pm: What a finish, England scraping home with one ball to spare! Always a tough ask to defend single figures from the last over, but Amy Satterthwaite seemed up to the task until she finally gave up a boundary ball. Heather Knight got England most of the way there, but it required a nerveless contribution from Sophia Dunkley to ice the chase, another match-winning knock in her breakthrough summer. Credit to NZ, after a heavy defeat in the opener, they've pushed England all the way to keep the series alive right to the very end

19.5
4
AE Satterthwaite to Dunkley, FOUR runs

full toss, dispatched through midwicket! Slam Dunkley at the death! She smashes it beyond the despairing dive of Jensen on the boundary - and England win by four wickets, taking the series 2-1

19.4
2
AE Satterthwaite to Dunkley, 2 runs

full and flighted, driven firmly and they push for two... think Satterthwaite got a fingertip on it, the ball trickling towards long-on, which enabled them to come back

19.3
1
AE Satterthwaite to Brunt, 1 run

Brunt comes down, doesn't get much on it but scurries up the other end. Satterthwaite happy to concede one

19.2
AE Satterthwaite to Brunt, no run

round the wicket, looped up full outside off stump, swing and a miss from Brunt!

Katherine Brunt marches out

19.1
W
AE Satterthwaite to Bouchier, OUT

hits leg stump! Tossed up and Bouchier aims a heave across the line, nowhere near connecting as it skids through and hits the target! Tips the balance back towards NZ

Maia Bouchier b Satterthwaite 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50

Bouchier retains the strike, then. England need 7 from 6... and the experienced Satterthwaite is going to bowl the final over

end of over 199 runs • 1 wicket
ENG-W: 138/5CRR: 7.26 RRR: 7.00 • Need 7 from 6b
Maia Bouchier1 (1)
Sophia Dunkley16 (19)
Sophie Devine 4-0-29-1
Amy Satterthwaite 3-0-21-0
18.6
1
Devine to Bouchier, 1 run

full and Bouchier plays a lofted straight drive, bounces short of long-off

Maia Bouchier, in only her second T20I, heads out

18.5
W
Devine to Knight, OUT

Knight picks out mid-off! Looking for the boundary to finish the over and ease England nerves going into the last... but she couldn't quite get enough elevation on it and Bates holds the catch! Is there another twist to come?!

Heather Knight c Bates b Devine 42 (52m 36b 5x4 0x6) SR: 116.66
18.5
1w
Devine to Knight, 1 wide

shuffles to leg, Devine tries to follow her but sends it behind the pads for a wide

18.4
1
Devine to Dunkley, 1 run

full, 67mph and swept off the pads, just a single to Newton at deep backward square

18.3
1
Devine to Knight, 1 run

full on off, punched down to long-on

18.2
4
Devine to Knight, FOUR runs

pitched up and nailed! Knight plants the front leg and swings a powerful slog-sweep into the gap at midwicket!

18.1
1
Devine to Dunkley, 1 run

short and miscued, in the air but bouncing down to long-on

Sophie Devine for the penultimate over

end of over 183 runs
ENG-W: 129/4CRR: 7.16 RRR: 8.00 • Need 16 from 12b
Heather Knight37 (33)
Sophia Dunkley14 (17)
Amy Satterthwaite 3-0-21-0
Leigh Kasperek 4-0-25-3

Three off the over, and the RRR goes back up to 8 for England

17.6
AE Satterthwaite to Knight, no run

finishes with a full toss, but Knight can only bunt it to cover for a dot!

17.5
1
AE Satterthwaite to Dunkley, 1 run

punched back down the ground, in the air but wide of the diving Satterthwaite

17.4
1
AE Satterthwaite to Knight, 1 run

floated up and driven to mid-off, they scamper the single

17.3
AE Satterthwaite to Knight, no run

Knight reverse-sweeps but sends the ball to backward point

17.2
1
AE Satterthwaite to Dunkley, 1 run

tossed up from round the wicket, swept in front of square

17.1
AE Satterthwaite to Dunkley, no run

picks out the cover fielder

Satterthwaite back for the 18th

end of over 179 runs
ENG-W: 126/4CRR: 7.41 RRR: 6.33 • Need 19 from 18b
Sophia Dunkley12 (14)
Heather Knight36 (30)
Leigh Kasperek 4-0-25-3
Hayley Jensen 2-0-21-0
16.6
1
Kasperek to Dunkley, 1 run

shovelled down to long-on, the rate nearly down to a run a ball for England

16.5
1
Kasperek to Knight, 1 run
Match details
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
TossEngland Women, elected to field first
SeriesNew Zealand Women tour of England
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Heather Knight
Heather Knight
Series resultEngland Women won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberT20I no. 952
Match days09 September 2021 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Graham Lloyd
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Sue Redfern
TV Umpire
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Martin Saggers
Reserve Umpire
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Billy Taylor
Match Referee
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Wayne Noon