Lanning brings up the victory and her century in style! Length, and a bit of width from Jensen, and she places her cut bang between point and short third man. There was a bit of late drama about whether Australia would cross the finish line before she gets to her 14th ODI century, but all's well that ends well, I suppose!
4.42pm And so Australia bring up their 20th consecutive win, and it's fitting that Meg Lanning helmed this chase down. The seventh time they have nailed down a chase of 250 and above against New Zealand. Full credit to New Zealand, though. They had a tough start to this ODI series on Saturday, and fought back well with the bat in particular. Sophie Devine and Amy Satterthwaite leading that effort with the blade. Considering how Australia finished out their bowling effort, New Zealand would have felt they finished something like 20-25 less than what they might have got. They showed some heart with the ball too, especially after Rachael Haynes and Lanning had looked like they were going to finish the game off with nine wickets to spare. However, some good scrapping, especially from Amelia Kerr, saw New Zealand give Australia a few wobbles towards the end. Lanning was superb, though, in controlling the chase.
Sophie Devine speaks on the broadcast: "We posted a good score on the board, but didn't know what to do to stop Meg Lanning. To lose a main strike bowler like Lea Tahuhu, we really had to scrap hard after that. [On Amy Satterthwaite] She batted really well and helped us post a good total. No updates yet on Lea. Side or back strain, but we'll have to see."
Meg Lanning is the player of the match. :"I was telling Nicola to put away the half volleys. We want to win every game we play. We are aware of the record, but we want to go out and win every game."
That's that for the moment. Andrew McGlashan and I will see you again for the third match of this series in a couple of days' time. The big question that persists: Can Lanning's women match Ponting's team's record of 21 successive ODI wins? Join us on Wednesday to find out.
defends a length ball around off
"We need a Randiv to stop Meg Lanning from getting to the century!" --- Bhuvan Vardhan wants to be the bowling coach of this New Zealand team
pushes this towards cover
length, on the stumps, and she defends again
just down the leg side. Called a wide
goes back to meet a length ball with a dead bat
defends a length ball
short, wide, and she cuts this. Point had a chance to cut this off, but seems to have mistimed her dive. That's four. Three to win, with Lanning three short of a ton
Green, who took that diving catch, is back into the attack
short of a length, pulled away towards deep square leg
Carey is the new player in
another wicket for New Zealand. But is it too little too late? Short of a length, and she latches on to it looking to pull it over midwicket, but ends up skewing it a bit in the air. Diving catch from the fielder who was a few yards inside the boundary line anyway
driven to deep point
Eye of Sauron: "Its astonishing to digest Lanning's achievement of 5 centuries vs NZ. For a comparison, here are the names of players who have hit atleast 5 centuries against New Zealand in ODIs--Ponting, Sehwag, Tendulkar, Jayasuriya and Kohli !!" --- Probably also an unfair comparison, only because New Zealand are a really good team in women's cricket
lucky! Outside off, and she looks to drive this through covers. Off the edge, and past Martin through for four towards third man
length, driven hard towards deep midwicket. A diving stop at midwicket takes the sting off that
driven back to the bowler
fuller, on the pads, and she can play this away towards deep midwicket. Keeps strike, though, with Lanning eight short of a century
slower ball, around off, and she defends this towards point
fuller length, the on drive again. This time straight to mid on
AussieBren: "@Gyan With a strike rate near 94 you could hardly call Lanning an accumulator. Besides, her legside flick and her shots down the ground are very elegant! "
fuller, driven to Kerr at cover, who dives across to her left and stops this
steered to third man
starts with a full toss, on leg stump. That's too easy for Lanning, who is sighting the ball rather well right now. Whips it away to the square leg fence
Devine to bowl out