White Ferns fall short in final T20I

Australia beat the White Ferns in the fifth and final Twenty20 of the WT20 INTL series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Australia won the toss and endured a difficult start before posting 129 for seven with their bowling attack then restricting the White Ferns to 109 for seven.

New Zealand spinners Frances MacKay and Lucy Doolan removed the top four batsmen to have Austlralia 62 for four however a powerful 30 from Alyssa Healy and late 24 from Ellyse Perry ensured the home team reached a competitive total.

Doolan was the pick of the bowlers with three for 21 while MacKay claimed two for 18.

The White Ferns run chase never gain momentum with the Australian bowling line up hunting as a pack to remove the White Ferns top five for 53 runs. 

Lower order batsmen Katey Perkins (18) and Mackay (22*) put up a late fight but it wasn’t enough to challenge the Australian total.

Australia won the series 4-1.

CA Scorecard - http://livescores.cricket.com.au/scoreboard_2686_5.html

White Ferns v Australia schedule

20/01/2012, Twenty-20 Match, North Sydney Oval, Sydney – Result: Australia won by 4 wickets
21/01/2012, Twenty-20 Match, North Sydney Oval, Sydney  – Result: Australia won by 59 runs
22/01/2012, Twenty-20 Match, North Sydney Oval, Sydney – Result: Australia won by 7 wickets

25/01/2012, ODI, Sydney Cricket Ground (Rose Bowl) - Result: Match abandoned
27/01/2012, ODI, Blacktown International Sportspark, Sydney (Rose Bowl) Result: Match abandoned
29/01/2012, ODI, Blacktown International Sportspark, Sydney (Rose Bowl) Result: Australia won by 9 wickets

01/02/2012,   Twenty-20 Match, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney Result: White Ferns won by 6 wickets
03/02/2012,   Twenty-20 Match, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Result: Australia won by 20 runs

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