Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Australia v New Zealand T20s
Australia women played two consecutive T20Is against New Zealand women at Melbourne today. This seems a little bizarre to me, but okay, I'll let it slide.
In the first match of the day, Australia managed 151-7 in their 20 overs, despite being 15-3 early on in their innings, thanks largely to Lanning's 76 in 56 balls.
New Zealand responded with 152-4, winning by 6 wickets with 2 balls remaining. Their victory was enabled by an exciting 54 run fifth wicket partnership between MacKay (24*) and Browne (34*).
In the second match, the Kiwis finished with 132-6 (Bates 32, Satterthwaite 44), suffering from a late batting collapse (going from 121-2 to 130-6). Lanning again top-scored for the Aussies with 64, with Australia finishing on 135-5 and winning by 5 wickets in the penultimate ball of their 20 overs.
You can find the scorecards here:
This isn't really supposed to be a detailed match analysis (as you might have guessed). More, as a cricket purist (as much as it's possible to be with the women's game, when Test matches are now as likely to happen as a Warne Ashes comeback), to make the following point:
On the same pitch, on the same day, the results of these two T20 matches were almost completely reversed.
If that can happen, then don't try telling me T20 isn't hit and miss.