2nd ODI, Brisbane, Oct 5 2020, New Zealand Women tour of Australia
(45.1/50 ov, target 253)255/6
AUS Women won by 4 wickets (with 29 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
101* (96)
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Comms: Debayan Sen
Scorecard summary
New Zealand Women252/9(50 overs)
Australia Women255/6(45.1 overs)

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.

Jensen to Lanning, FOUR runs

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!

end of over 455 runs
AUS-W: 251/6CRR: 5.57 RRR: 0.40
Nicola Carey5 (7)
Meg Lanning97 (95)
Maddy Green 3-0-25-0
Hayley Jensen 6.2-0-41-1
Green to Carey, no run

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

Green to Carey, no run

pushes this towards cover

Green to Carey, no run

length, on the stumps, and she defends again

Green to Carey, 1 wide

just down the leg side. Called a wide

Green to Carey, no run

goes back to meet a length ball with a dead bat

Green to Carey, no run

defends a length ball

Green to Carey, FOUR runs

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

end of over 447 runs • 1 wicket
AUS-W: 246/6CRR: 5.59 RRR: 1.16
Nicola Carey1 (1)
Meg Lanning97 (95)
Hayley Jensen 6.2-0-41-1
Sophie Devine 10-1-50-2
Jensen to Carey, 1 run

short of a length, pulled away towards deep square leg

Carey is the new player in

Jensen to Sutherland, OUT

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

Annabel Sutherland c Green b Jensen 17 (30b 2x4 0x6) SR: 56.66
Jensen to Lanning, 1 run

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

Jensen to Lanning, FOUR runs

lucky! Outside off, and she looks to drive this through covers. Off the edge, and past Martin through for four towards third man

Jensen to Sutherland, 1 run

length, driven hard towards deep midwicket. A diving stop at midwicket takes the sting off that

Jensen to Sutherland, no run

driven back to the bowler

end of over 436 runs
AUS-W: 239/5CRR: 5.55 RRR: 2.00
Annabel Sutherland16 (27)
Meg Lanning92 (93)
Sophie Devine 10-1-50-2
Hayley Jensen 5.2-0-34-0
Devine to Sutherland, 1 run

fuller, on the pads, and she can play this away towards deep midwicket. Keeps strike, though, with Lanning eight short of a century

Devine to Sutherland, no run

slower ball, around off, and she defends this towards point

Devine to Sutherland, no run

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! "

Devine to Sutherland, no run

fuller, driven to Kerr at cover, who dives across to her left and stops this

Devine to Lanning, 1 run

steered to third man

Devine to Lanning, FOUR runs

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

Match details
Allan Border Field, Brisbane
TossAustralia Women, elected to field first
SeriesNew Zealand Women tour of Australia
Player Of The Match
Meg Lanning
Meg Lanning
Series resultAustralia Women led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberWODI no. 1182
Match days05 October 2020 - day (50-over match)
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Donovan Koch
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Michael Graham-Smith
TV Umpire
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Bruce Oxenford
Reserve Umpire
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David Taylor
Match Referee
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Bob Stratford