Australia inflicted a 3-0 whitewash on New Zealand by winning the third and final Twenty20 International by nine wickets at the Manuka Oval, Canberra on Friday (October 5). Ellyse Perry didn't get a chance to bat yet again but shone with the ball, picking 4 for 21 - her third four-wicket haul in T20Is - on a day that also saw her on the brink of a hat-trick. Chasing a modest 106, Alyssa Healy's 44-ball 67 ensured an easy win with 45 balls to spare.
Rachel Haynes took what's been called the catch of the season already. Running across to catch Jess Watkin's leading-edge at cover, Haynes protruded her left hand out and caught the ball between her thumb and forefinger to deliver Perry to her third wicket of the night. Sophie Molineux, who's in the squad for injured Jess Jonassen, was the other star performer, picking 3 for 11 to help bowl New Zealand out for 103 in 19 overs.
Meg Lanning won the toss for the third time in three games, and opted to chase yet again. Sophie Devine was bowled by Delissa Kimmince in the fifth over and Perry then struck with Suzie Bates's wicket in the next, rattling the visitors early with two crucial blows. Perry's strikes had left New Zealand reeling at 68 for 5 when Molineux took charge of the proceedings. Bernadine Bezuidenhout and KE Ebrahim were out to her off successive balls, leaving another Australian bowler on the brink of a hat-trick. Holly Huddleston's run out wrapped the innings, with Katey Martin stranded on 35.
Australia hit the straps straightaway in the chase as Healy and Beth Mooney put 98 runs for the first wicket. Mooney was happy playing the second fiddle to Healy, who hit 12 fours and a six in her innings to actuate a whitewash.
Brief scores: New Zealand 103 in 19 overs (Martin 35; Perry 4-21, Molineux 3-11) lost to Australia 105/1 in 12.3 overs (Alyssa Healy 67; Sophie Devine 1-14) by 9 wickets.