It's was a pretty entertaining game just like a quarterfinal. Chasing Australia's 155, New Zealand were going strong and looked they would romp home easily with Sophie Devine taking on the opposition. But Georgia Wareham's three wickets for 17 including that big wicket of Devine and Megan Schutt's three for 28 turned the game in Australia's favour.
Both India and Australia would be looking forward to South Africa versus West Indies game tomorrow as the outcome of the match will decide the semifinal line-ups on March 5. If South Africa win they will top the group and face Australia in the semis with India taking on England. But if West Indies win then the net run-rate comes into play and the line-up will fall in place accordingly. Till then, I, Kaushiik Paul signing off for the day. Good bye.
New Zealand captain Sophie Devine: I think we had wickets in hand. From the India game we stayed pretty close to chases. You can always do things differently, in hindsight, cricket's an easy game. Wanted to hold Amelia back. That last one was close to a no-ball but credit to Australia. Not complaining. I think we just need to play more international games with everyone. It's been fantastic to play in this competition and in Australia.
Australia captain Meg Lanning: Absolutely, it was a crunch game and we handled it pretty well. Beth got those runs early on, she have been a great player for a long time now, and she showed today what a good player she is. We back all our players and she did a great job. It took that extra pace option, but we have now many more in our team. We are getting better with every game. That Bangladesh game really turned the tide for us.
Player of the Match Georgia Wareham: Look I think they were dangerous players and I am happy to contribute and for the team as well. I had a plan for Sophie Devine and it is pretty special and good to be in the semis. Job is not done yet.
New Zealand 151/6 in 20 overs
So that's it. Australia beat New Zealand by narrow four runs to book the final semifinal spot and join India, South Africa and, England.
New Zealand 116/6 in 17 overs, need 40 runs
Megan Schutt makes up for her dropped catch picking up two wickets in an over to tilt the game in Australia's favour. First, she cleans up Amelia Kerr before dismissing Hayley Jensen caught at mid-off.
New Zealand 108/4 in 15.4 overs, need 48 runs
Just after Mady Green was dropped at cover by Megan Schutt, Georgia Wareham scalps the dangerous-looking Green, stumped by Alyssa Healy. Just a carbon copy of how Sophie Devine got out.
JUST IN: Australia team management has confirmed that Ellyse Perry has suffered a right hamstring injury and will take no further part in this match.
New Zealand 97/3 in 14.3 overs, need 59 runs
Megan Schutt drops a sitter at cover. Trying to slice it over the cover, Mady Green hits straight at the hands of Schutt but she flops. Meanwhile, it's a big over for New Zealand as they take 16 runs off Nicola Carey.
New Zealand 81/3 in 13.1 overs
Sophie Devine departs for 31. The New Zealand skipper dances down the ground against Georgia Wareham but was completely beaten by the spin only to be stumped by Alyssa Healy. Big wicket for Australia at this stage of the game.
New Zealand 53/2 in 8 overs, need 103 runs
Suzie Bates goes for 14 as New Zealand lose their second wicket off the bowling of Georgia Wareham. Bates tried to hit it through the leg-side, misses the spin, hits in front. The umpire gives not out, but Meg Lanning takes a review which showed the ball just hit the top of stumps. Decision reversed. Big wicket for Australia.
Delissa Kimmince to on-field broadcaster: "Belsy took the most, just the youngster has been good. Meg and Rach are in the zone. Good chatter around."
New Zealand 25/1 in 3.5 overs, need 131 runs
First wicket down for New Zealand as Rachel Priest departs for 17 trapped in front by Jess Jonassen. The big burly Priest looked to push the ball down the leg side but missed the length completely which would have crashed into the stumps. Earlier, Priest and Sophie Devine gave New Zealand a good start with the former going all out against the opposition bowlers.
Australia 155/5 in 20 overs
A wicket and 11 runs in the last over bowled by Amelia Kerr as New Zealand need 156 runs to book their place in the semifinals. Elysse Perry (21) and Rachael Haynes (19) contributed towards the end to take Australia past 150-run mark. Seven bowlers were used to Sophie Devine. Anna Peterson was the pick of the bowlers for her 2/31.
Beth Mooney: Yes some good batting in the middle, didn't try to hit too hard. It looks like a defendable total. The wicket looks good and if our bowlers back our lengths we have our chance. I think smart bowling and subtle change will do the trick for us.
Australia 122/4 in 17.1 overs
What a brilliant flying catch by Suzie Bates to send back Beth Mooney. She departs for 60. Dancing down the ground off Anna Peterson delivery, Mooney looked to clear the long-off boundary but didn't get the elevation and distance to be pouched by Bates with a timing jump.
Australia 104/3 in 14.4 overs
Leigh Kasperek gives New Zealand the much-needed breakthrough with the wicket of Ashleigh Gardner thus ending the 52-run third-wicket stand. She dances down the ground looking to despatch the ball over long-on but misses the length to get completely bowled. She departs for 20.
Australia 104/2 in 14.3 overs
Beth Mooney races to her second consecutive T20 World Cup fifty with a single at long-on off Leigh Kasperek. She has been brilliant in this innings holding one end confidently. Earlier, Australia also completed the 100-run mark in the 14th over. It was also Mooney's sixth T20I fifty in last nine innings.
Australia 77/2 in 10 overs
Despite the two wickets, Australia opener Beth Mooney seems to have taken the responsibility on her shoulders taking on the New Zealand bowlers at will. Her six off Rosemary Mair over long-on was one such highlight of the innings besides the inside-out shot which Lanning played off Anna Peterson for a six. She is at unbeaten 29-ball 37. The run-rate also looks good at the halfway stage.
Meanwhile Holly Huddlestone to the on-field broadcaster: It's been really good. Against Bangladesh, it was a wake-up call for us. We are trying to give in what we have been doing. The wicket looks good, anything between 130 and 140 we would be happy with.
Australia 52/2 in 7.3 overs
Disaster for Australia as skipper Meg Lanning departs for 21. Trying to sweep against an Anna Peterson delivery, Lanning couldn't get on the top of the bounce and gets a top edge to be brilliantly taken by Lea Tahuhu running across from short-fine leg. Earlier, Lanning had hit two back-to-back boundaries off Peterson. Not the start Australia have wanted in this big match. Ashleigh Garner joins Beth Mooney in the middle.
Australia 20/1 in 3 overs
Disappointment for Alyssa Healy as the Aussie 'keeper departs for just nine off the bowling of Haylen Jensen. Healy tried to play it on the on-side but couldn't free her arms only to hole it out to Amelia Kerr at mid-wicket. A massive fish to pick early in the innings!
New Zealand captain Sophie Devine: I don't think so there will be much change in the wicket. We have bowled brilliantly in the tournament. Going with the same side that played against Bangladesh.
Australia captain Meg Lanning: Well it looks a very good wicket. It's a must-win game for us and hoping for a great contest. Elysse Perry has pulled up really well, she's fit and no changes to our side.
New Zealand have won the toss and will field first. Both the teams will go unchanged.
Australia: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Annabel Sutherland, Jess Jonassen, Nicola Carey, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt.
New Zealand: Sophie Devine (c), Rachel Priest (wk), Suzie Bates, Maddy Green, Hayley Jensen, Katey Martin, Amelia Kerr, Anna Peterson, Leigh Kasperek, Lea Tahuhu, Rosemary Mair.
Hello and welcome once again in the much-awaited and most important match of the tournament between New Zealand and Australia as the winner of the match will join India, South Africa, and England in the semifinals.
Mooney, Wareham, Schutt heroics end New Zealand's dreams“Form’s a funny word in T20,” Beth Mooney had told Women’s CricZone in a chat before the T20 World Cup began. Four games into the tournament, she has two successive half centuries – an unbeaten one against Bangladesh and a 60 against New Zealand on Monday (March 2). Her half century followed by three wickets each from Georgia Wareham and Megan Schutt helped Australia brush aside New Zealand by four runs on Monday (March 2) at the Junction Oval in Melbourne and waltz into the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. Put in to bat, Australia lost Alyssa Healy (nine)…
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