The White Ferns and the Black Caps have both had T20 close victories in their latest games.
First up, in Napier yesterday the Black Ferns produced a thrilling last-ball victory to beat Australia by four wickets. The result levels the three-match Twenty20 series at 1-1.
Needing three from the final ball of the match in their chase of 130, Maddy Green French-cut Nicola Carey for four to secure a fine win.
Australia had earlier posted 129-4 with all-rounder Mackay claiming 2-20 with her off-spin.
In the men’s game held an hour later, the Black Caps ultimately won but the match will be remembered as a confusing one.
New Zealand batted first and hit 173 for 5 off 17 overs before the rain came. When Bangladesh batted there was confusion in how much they needed to get. At the start they believed they needed 148 from 16. However, 9 balls into their run chase the score was revised to 170 off 16 overs.
At the end of the 13th over, the target was again revised to 171.
New Zealand eventually won a confusing match by 28 runs.
|Second T20, McLean Park, Napier|
|New Zealand 173-5 (17.5 overs): Philips 58*, Mahedi Hasan 2-45|
|Bangladesh 142-7 (16 overs): Soumya 51, Southee 2-21|
|New Zealand won by 28 runs (DLS method)|
|Second Twenty20, McLean Park, Napier|
|Australia 129-4 (20 overs): Mooney 61*, Mackay 2-20|
|New Zealand 131-6 (20 overs): Mackay 46, Schutt 2-24|
|New Zealand won by four wickets|