BRISBANE, Australia - Delissa Kimmince's three-wicket haul and Rachel Haynes' 40-run knock helped Australia defeat New Zealand by eight wickets in the second T20I of the three-match series on Sunday here at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
With this win, Australia has gained a 2-0 unassailable lead in the three-match series. Both sides will now lock horns against each other in the third and final T20I on Wednesday, September 30.
Chasing 129, Australia got off to a flier as openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney put on 50 runs inside the first five overs, but finally, the onslaught was ended by New Zealand's Lea Tahuhu as she dismissed Healy (33) in the fifth over.
Soon after, Mooney (24) was also sent back to the pavilion by Amelia Kerr in the eighth over, reducing Australia to 64/2, still, 65 runs away from the target.
In the end, Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes ensured that Australia does not suffer from any more hiccups. The duo put on an unbeaten stand of 65 runs to take Australia over the line by eight wickets with 20 balls to spare. Haynes and Lanning remained unbeaten on 40 and 26 respectively.
Earlier, a spirited bowling performance helped Australia bundle out New Zealand for just 128 in the allotted twenty overs.
After opting to bat first, New Zealand got off to a poor start as the side lost Sophie Devine (9) and Maddy Green (7) with just 16 runs on the board.
Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite retrieved the innings for New Zealand as the duo put on 49 runs for the third wicket, but Georgia Wareham got Australia back into the match with back-to-back wickets of Satterthwaite (30) and Hayley Jensen (7), reducing New Zealand to 80/4 in the 12th over.
New Zealand kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and as a result, the side was bowled out under the 130-run mark. For Australia, Wareham and Delissa Kimmince scalped three wickets each.
Brief Scores: Australia 129/2 (Rachael Haynes 40, Alyssa Healy 33, Amelia Kerr 1-19) defeat New Zealand 128/10 (Amy Satterthwaite 30, Suzie Bates 22, Delissa Kimmince 3-21) by eight wickets. (ANI)