that's that! Swipes across the line to one that was a bit straighter, and misses it completely. Australia win by 232 runs, as New Zealand fall to a relentless assault by seam, pace and spin at the Allan Border Field
3.36pm That equals the record as well. Australia record their 21st successive win. And they have absolutely battered New Zealand. Ricky Ponting's men had achieved the same milestone in the peak of their powers, back in 2003, and who's to argue that this Australian women's team isn't at the top of their game either! They went into this match without their best batter and perhaps the best all-rounder in world cricket today, but still had more than enough firepower to put away their trans-Tasman rivals. Make no mistake, New Zealand were a touch disappointing, not least because they chose to insert Australia on a used pitch, and despite missing their pace spearhead through injury. Not much else went right for them either, as Alyssa Healy and captain Rachael Haynes led the way for Australia with the bat. Some handy contributions all the way through took them to 325, their highest ODI total against New Zealand. With the ball, Australia were always going to be quite imposing, with their depth in seam and spin.
Rachael Haynes is player of the match, and player of the series. Speaks on the broadcst: "I thought the Kiwis bowled well to start. The great thing about this ground is the longer you spend out in the middle, the easier it gets. it was great to set a platform from where we could launch at the end. It's a great team to lead, because there are lots of experienced players in the team that know their role. I think for our team [the record] is not something we have spoken about too much. When you think over the time about all the people that we have played over the last three-year period, it's something that we can look back with a lot of pleasure."
Sophine Devine: "It's a tough one. I thought in the second game, we showed we can compete with the best in the world. Today we just didn't show up. [Amelia Kerr] is really good. The way Amy [Satterthwaite] is coming back from pregnancy is also a huge positive for us. It'll be really nice to play on the same side for once [in the WBBL]."
Meg Lanning picks up the Rose Bowl trophy. Speaks to the broadcasters: "I think Rachael and Alyssa Healy have really set us up so well for the batting. Our bowlers have also contributed. [On the record] It's a really special effort, especially over a long period of time. To win 21 on the trot is something to be really proud of, and the way we have swept this series has been something that has given us a lot of pleasure."
3.48pm That's it from us for the moment. Australia get the job done, and surely it begs the question of this winning streak: when will this end?. Australia are a professional unit, and they showed off their depth in the course of this three-match series. New Zealand, alas, only turned up for the second of these matches, but at least they had the win in the third T20I to show for their efforts. For the moment, this is Debayan Sen, signing off on behalf of Andrew McGlashan and the rest of our colleagues. Dan Brettig's report will drop soon. Stay tuned to ESPNcricinfo for more detailed coverage of this record. Cheers and goodbye to you wherever you are joining us from.
dances down the pitch, and smothers one around off
presses forward to defend one around off
slow, around off, and defended towards cover
similar ball, same shot, but placed a little to the left of point. Allows them to pick up a quick single
slow and around off, cut away towards point
Anonymous: "Every single bowler in this innings has already taken a wicket. Tells you about the quality of the side. Still can't stop gushing about this much deserved record."
length, pushed towards cover
struck on the pads, and off the back foot, but perhaps going down leg side this time
PeterWarrington: "With McGrath touted as the next #3 and skipper, what justification for pushing Sutherland up the order? I mean its only a few games since she was a specialist number 8 in the T20 world cup?"
length, pushed back towards the bowler
played with the turn towards fine leg
gone! The angle around the wicket works for Gardner, and exactly why she went that route. Pitches around off, and then straightens. Rowe plays from within the crease, and once she missed, the leg before decision was just of academic interest
length, around off, defended back to the bowler
length, and she allows this to come to her. Defended towards cover
length, and she defends with a forward press
driven back to the bowler
tossed up, and off the leading edge as Huddleston looks to drive. Goes towards point, but on the bounce
Molineux with a wicket off her second ball! Slow, turning ball, and Jensen looks to cut. A bit close to her, and she under-edges this on to the stumps. Win no.21 is that much closer now for Australia
length, played with the turn towards deep midwicket
played with the turn towards deep backward square