result
18th Match, Group A, Melbourne, Mar 2 2020, ICC Women's T20 World Cup
(20 ov, target 156)151/7
AUS Women won by 4 runs
player of the match
Georgia Wareham
Australia Women
Match centre 
Scorer: Ranjith P
Scorecard summary
Australia Women155/5(20 overs)
New Zealand Women151/7(20 overs)
end of over 2015 runs
NZ-W: 151/7CRR: 7.55 
Katey Martin37 (18)
Leigh Kasperek3 (4)
Ashleigh Gardner2-0-26-0
Megan Schutt4-0-28-3

That concludes our coverage of this virtual quarter-final. Thanks for joining us, this is Ankur Dhawan signing off

Meg Lanning: Crunch game, we handled it really well. She (Beth Mooney) has been a really good player for a long time, we know her value. Wickets in hand allow you to go hard in the end, and we had two world-class players (Perry and Haynes) at the crease, which made a difference. I guess it took (Perry's injury) the extra pace option away from us. Haven't heard anything (about Perry's injury), it didn't look great, but hopefully she's alright. Goes a lot into managing players, unfortunately we've had a few injuries. We have full confidence, that Bangladesh game was a turning point. I think we showed that we are able to be calm under the pump, we have done the basics right which gives us confidence going into the semi-final

Sophie Devine: They got a few too many. You can always do things differently, in hindsight, cricket's an easy game. Wanted to hold Amelia back for the death overs. That last one was close to a no-ball but credit to Australia.

Georgia Wareham in the player of the match: Felt like I had a bit of confidence. I think they are really dangerous players - Devine, Bates and Green - happy to put my hand up. Pretty special to be in the semi-final, job's not done yet

Australia book themselves a semi-final berth. The margin of victory (4 runs) is a little deceptive, Australia seemed like the likely winners for most part. Martin's cameo adds a little more respectability to New Zealand's eventual total but the sluggish start left them too much to do, and none of their big match players really came to the party. Georgia Wareham was brilliant, she bowled the game's defining spell, picking up the wickets of Bates, Devine and Green to snuff the fight out of the chase.

19.6
6
Gardner to Martin, SIX runs

full toss angled across, it looked high but perhaps marginal, she shuffles and swings it away towards deep midwicket where the catch goes down and the ball land on the boundary cushion on the full, but it matters little as New Zealand go down here

19.5
4
Gardner to Martin, FOUR runs

full on off, drilled past mid-off for four but that's little consolation for New Zealand who will be knocked out

19.4
2
Gardner to Martin, 2 runs

and they won't have it, full toss on middle, swung away to deep midwicket for just two

19.3
1
Gardner to Kasperek, 1 run

full toss on middle, only manages to get away to long-on for one. New Zealand need 3 sixes

19.2
1
Gardner to Martin, 1 run

full and outside off, swung away to deep square leg for just one

Damien: "Wow proud of ya girls. I am enjoying this game at Junction Oval with a beer and cricinfo in my hands. Bring on the Semi finals :)"

19.1
1
Gardner to Kasperek, 1 run

full on middle and leg, she picks out fine-leg on the bounce for just one

Gardner has 19 to play with. Perry is off the field so Australia don't have a choice. 11 came from her first

end of over 198 runs • 1 wicket
NZ-W: 136/7CRR: 7.15 • RRR: 20.00 • Need 20 from 6b
Leigh Kasperek1 (2)
Katey Martin24 (14)
Megan Schutt4-0-28-3
Jess Jonassen4-0-28-1
18.6
1lb
Schutt to Kasperek, 1 leg bye

it's full and angled in, she skips down and can't work it leg side, the deflection off the pad gives her one, and New Zealand need an unlikely 20 from the last over

New Zealand need a six here

18.5
1
Schutt to Martin, 1 run

length on top of off, skids on as she chops it away towards point for one

18.4
4
Schutt to Martin, FOUR runs

length outside off, Martin makes room and goes through the off side, pierces the cover field, beats mid-off to her left for four

18.3
1
Schutt to Kasperek, 1 run

length outside off, she falls over after shuffling to get this over short fine, gets only a thick inside edge, too square and only one

18.2
W
Schutt to Peterson, OUT

Megan Schutt has her third! It was another slower one on a length, she was through the swing to the leg side too early, missed it completely to be bowled comprehensively

Anna Peterson b Schutt 9 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 180
18.1
1
Schutt to Martin, 1 run

length on off and middle, she shuffles and picks this up to deep backward square leg's right for a couple

end of over 1812 runs
NZ-W: 128/6CRR: 7.11 • RRR: 14.00 • Need 28 from 12b
Anna Peterson9 (4)
Katey Martin18 (11)
Jess Jonassen4-0-28-1
Megan Schutt3-0-21-2
17.6
2
Jonassen to Peterson, 2 runs

full on middle and leg, whipped away towards deep midwicket and because it wasn't hit too hard they are able to turn for the second. Umpires check for the run-out at the striker's end but Peterson made it back easily

17.5
4
Jonassen to Peterson, FOUR runs

fired in on middle and leg again and this one's picked up with the angle withy great power, one bounce and into the deep square leg fence

17.4
2
Jonassen to Peterson, 2 runs

length on middle and leg, swung away towards deep square leg for a couple

17.3
1
Jonassen to Martin, 1 run
17.3
1w
Jonassen to Martin, 1 wide

missed stumping, tough chance, it was fired down seeing the batter advance, Healy was blinded as she got a glove on it but couldn't collect cleanly

17.2
1
Jonassen to Peterson, 1 run

length outside off, swatted away into the leg side, straight to deep midwicket on the bounce

17.1
1
Jonassen to Martin, 1 run

full on off, opens the face and pushes it to point

end of over 177 runs • 2 wickets
NZ-W: 116/6CRR: 6.82 • RRR: 13.33 • Need 40 from 18b
Katey Martin16 (9)
Anna Peterson0 (0)
Megan Schutt3-0-21-2
Georgia Wareham4-0-17-3
16.6
1
Schutt to Martin, 1 run

full on middle, pushed to long-on for one, avoids the hattrick, but can New Zealand avoid defeat from this position? Looking unlikely

hattrick ball

Best performances - batsmen
Beth Mooney
BL Mooney
60 runs (50)
6 fours
2 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
cover drive
13 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
10513491612
Katey Martin portrait
KJ Martin
37 runs (18)
4 fours
1 six
Control67%
Productive shot
slog shot
13 runs
1 four
1 six
406239211
Best performances - bowlers
Georgia Wareham player portrait
G Wareham
O
4
M
0
R
17
W
3
ECO
4.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W1W
Schutt player portrait
M Schutt
O
4
M
0
R
28
W
3
ECO
7
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
Match details
Junction Oval, Melbourne
TossNew Zealand Women, elected to field first
SeriesICC Women's T20 World Cup
Season2019/20
Player Of The Match
Georgia Wareham
Georgia Wareham
Match numberT20 No. 863
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.30, Interval 20.30-20.50, Second Session 20.50-22.20
Match days2 March 2020 - day match (20-over match)
Umpires
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L Agenburg
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Langton Rusere
TV Umpire
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Alex Wharf
Reserve Umpire
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Sue Redfern
Match Referee
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Chris Broad
PointsAustralia Women 2, New Zealand Women 0