1st T20I, Brisbane, Sep 26 2020, New Zealand Women tour of Australia
(20 ov, target 139)121/7
AUS Women won by 17 runs
Player Of The Match
61 (41)
end of over 206 runs • 2 wickets
NZ-W: 121/7CRR: 6.05 
Lauren Down6 (4)
Katie Perkins0 (0)
Megan Schutt 4-0-23-4
Delissa Kimmince 4-0-24-2

Australia win by 17 runs on the opening day of the international summer in the country. After all that's gone on, that feels the most important part. As so often, Australia's depth and confidence shone through. New Zealand didn't pace their chase very well but may consider they didn't have the rub of the green with the umpires. Ash Gardner produced the standout batting of the match, while all Australia's bowlers played a part. Australia will know there's room for improvement as well, but after a six-month break that's hardly surprising.

Player of the Match is Ash Gardner "Pretty good pitch, it held a bit. Our aim was to go left and right handers. Nice to spend some time in the middle."

Sophie Devine "They probably got 10-20 runs too many. With the bat we just let it slip away. We'll get back into it tomorrow."

Meg Lanning "I thought we fought really nicely, Ash's innings was excellent. We had the luxury of knowing what would work bowling on that wicket. We were under the pump a little."

I'll wrap up the coverage for today. We'll be back tomorrow afternoon for the second match and hope you can join us. Until then, from Andrew McGlashan, it's goodbye.

Schutt to Down, 1 run

swings to the on side against a length ball, trickles off the bottom edge to short fine leg

Andrew C: "NZ have been Schutt Down."

Schutt to Down, FOUR runs

strong shot, up and over the off side

Schutt has two balls to claim her maiden T20I five-wicket haul

Schutt to Jensen, OUT

taken at deep midwicket, that's four for Schutt...Jensen came down the pitch but just ended up offering catching practice

Hayley Jensen c Gardner b Schutt 4 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100
Schutt to Down, 1 run

that's a strong clip which almost carries to deep midwicket

Schutt to Down, no run

a swing and miss, slides past off stump

Schutt to Kerr, OUT

moves across the crease and scoops a length ball into the hands of short fine leg

Amelia Kerr c Molineux b Schutt 5 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100

Australia have this wrapped up

Arunabh: "I am surprised no one in critisizing Devine's approach. If we removed her boundaries from her scores then she made only 7 off 30. Can't bat like that and expect to win against Australia."

end of over 199 runs
NZ-W: 115/5CRR: 6.05 RRR: 24.00
Amelia Kerr5 (4)
Hayley Jensen4 (3)
Delissa Kimmince 4-0-24-2
Megan Schutt 3-0-17-2
Kimmince to Kerr, 1 run

a square drive slides off the face to backward point

Kimmince to Kerr, 2 runs

swung down to long-on

Kimmince to Jensen, 1 bye

inside edge past leg stump and wide of Healy. In fact, no bat and Healy missed it

Kimmince to Jensen, FOUR runs

that's a good shot, comes down the pitch and drives over mid-off this time

Kimmince to Jensen, no run

driven but can't beat mid-off on the edge of the circle

Kimmince to Kerr, 1 run

full at off stump, square driven to point

ASensarma: "Ashleigh Gardner is the only one who could figure out this pitch today. Clear Player of the Match for me if Australia win it from here ... But still hoping for a close finish as a neutral fan!"