Jonassen's five-for, Lanning's ton help Australia draw level

Australia Women 210 for 2 (Lanning 114*, Perry 64*) beat New Zealand Women 206 for 9 (Devine 67, Bates 61, Jonassen 5-50) by eight wickets

File photo – Meg Lanning’s brisk century included 12 fours and three sixes © Getty Images

Left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen‘s maiden five-wicket haul, followed by Meg Lanning‘s seventh ODI century helped Australia Women draw level in the three-match ODI series with a comfortable eight-wicket win over New Zealand Women.

Megan Schutt gave Australia a strong start with wickets off consecutive balls in the fourth over of New Zealand’s innings. The hosts were soon reduced to 33 for 3 by the 13th over. Captain Suzie Bates (61) then combined with Sophie Devine (67) to lift New Zealand with a 73-run fourth-wicket partnership. The stand ended when Bates was removed by Jonassen in the 32nd over, but Devine proceeded to add 66 runs with Katey Martin. Jonassen did the damage at the death as well, which meant New Zealand were kept to 206 for 9.

Australia chased down the total without much trouble thanks to Lanning’s unbeaten 113-ball 114, during which she drilled 12 fours and three sixes. She found good support from Ellyse Perry who stroked her third successive half-century, as their 147-run stand took Australia home in 41 overs.

With the win, Australia strengthened their position at the top of the Women’s Championship table with 22 points, while New Zealand stayed at the the No.3 position with 14 points.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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