Part of this article originally appeared on cricket.com.au
Australia remain undefeated in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 after defeating trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand by 5 wickets.
After beating the West Indies in their opening match before chasing down a Women’s World Cup record against Sri Lanka, the Southern Stars’ third win moves them into second overall, just behind the unbeaten India on run rate.
Australia v New Zealand:
Meg Lanning’s charges faced their biggest test of the tournament to date when they tackled trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in Bristol.
However, just like they had done with the West Indies and Sri Lanka, the defending champions brushed aside the White Ferns to make it a hat-trick of wins to start tournament.
There was no confusion at the toss on Sunday when NZ captain Suzie Bates elected to bat. The skipper made the most of the opportunity by posting 51, but she was undone by returning left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen, who claimed three quick wickets to turn the match on its head.
Katie Perkins compiled 52 and Erin Bermingham 35 as New Zealand set Australia 220 to win.
Australia’s power-packed top order once again delivered, as the southpaw opening pair of Beth Mooney and Nicole Bolton pushed the score to 49 before the Western Australian departed.
When Mooney was castled by express quick Lea Tahuhu for 32 it brought the formidable duo of Lanning and Ellyse Perry together and in tandem they put on 71.
Teenage sensation Amanda Kerr removed Lanning and Elyse Villani with consecutive deliveries but Perry continued, and with veteran vice-captain Alex Blackwell by her side, she steered the Australians to victory with eight balls to spare.