Australia won the toss and elected to field first. The hosts' made an early breakthrough when Ellyse Perry dismissed Suzie Bates with a brilliant delivery that snuck through the batters bat and pad. Sophie Devine (43 off 33) and Jess Watkin (18 off 15) then put on a 48 run stand before the latter fell to a leg-side stumping off the bowling of debutant Georgia Wareham, after having just hit the bowler for a maximum. Shortly afterwards, Devine followed, brilliantly caught by Beth Mooney.
The wickets of Amy Satterthwaite (2 off 7) and Maddy Green (6 off 13) fell in quick succession. Katey Martin scored a quick fire 56* off 34, ably supported by Bernadine Bezuidenhout who finished on an unbeaten 20 off 13. The pair took 36 off the last two overs, including back-to-back sixes off Delissa Kimmince.
Wareham bowled just one over, going for 15 but taking the wicket of Watkin along the way. Perry and Megan Schutt took a scalp each too, while Ashleigh Gardner finished with figures of 2-22.
In the second innings, Australia got off to a flyer of a start with Alyssa Healy scoring a brisk 14 off 9. However, the White Ferns made regular intervals. Mooney, Gardner and Elyse Villani were all dismissed in single figures. At 45-4, Australia were in trouble. Skipper Meg Lanning and her deputy Rachael Haynes then banded together for a record 119 run partnership for the fifth wicket. Haynes hammered her way to 69* off 40, while Lanning blitzed an unbeaten knock of 56* off 44. Lanning finished the game off in style, scoring the match-winning runs with a beautiful shot for four.
Devine, who finished with figures of 2-31 and Leigh Kasperek, who claimed two scalps for 28, were the only bowlers to take wickets for New Zealand.
The hosts now take a 1-0 lead. They have not won a Twenty-20 series against New Zealand in a while. Will their fortunes change this time around?