Cricket: White Ferns steal last-gasp win over Australia in second Twenty20 international

  • 30/03/2021

The White Ferns have snuck home against Australia in the second Twenty20 international in Napier, claiming victory off the final delivery of the match to keep the series alive.

Chasing 130 to win, a superb late partnership from Hannah Rowe and Maddy Green revived a chase that looked to have fatally stalled to secure a four-wicket win.

Needing three runs from the last ball of Nicola Carey's 20th over, Green got a fortunate inside edge that ran away to the boundary to spark celebrations in the NZ camp.

Frankie McKay had an outstanding all-round day, nabbing two wickets for just 20 runs, followed by 46 runs with the bat to earn player of the match honours, despite nursing an injury.

The White Ferns needed every ounce of that effort, after losing captain and star batsman Sophie Devine to illness just hours before the game began. Amy Satterthwaite stepped up as the stand-in skipper.

Just their second T20 win over Australia in their last 10 encounters, the win sets up a series decider in the third and final match at Eden Park on Thursday.