New Zealand level T20 series in final-ball thriller against Australia

New Zealand levelled the women’s T20 international series with Australia after a dramatic final-ball win at McLean Park in Napier.

Hannah Green found the boundary with an inside edge on the last ball to secure a four-wicket victory for the hosts and set up a series decider in Auckland on Thursday.

Chasing 130 for victory, Frankie Mackay’s 46 from 39 put the hosts into a winning position after Beth Mooney’s unbeaten half-century had helped Australia to 129-4.

After winning the toss, the White Ferns overcame the withdrawal of captain and star allrounder Sophie Devine because of illness to impress in the field.

Opener Mooney struck an unbeaten 61 off 54 balls including six fours to notch her 10th T20 half-century at international level.

After another cheap dismissal for Alyssa Healy (four), Mooney put on 50 runs with skipper Meg Lanning (27 off 25) and figured in a 49-run stand with Rachael Haynes (29 off 25).

But the visitors never got going with the bat against a disciplined New Zealand attack led by outstanding off-spinner Mackay (2-20 off four) and quick Jess Kerr (1-28).

Australia have not lost a T20 series since late 2017 – a remarkable run that includes two World Cup triumphs. Overall, Australia have lost just once in 18 games against the White Ferns across all formats but have never won a T20 series in New Zealand.

World No 4 New Zealand last beat Australia in a T20 series in early 2017.

More to follow.