48th over: New Zealand 209-8 (Rowe 12, Tahuhu 0) Determined running for Tahuhu to insist on a second when Rowe thrashed Schutt down the ground, making it back – just. The TV umpire takes a good look but the decision has gone New Zealand’s way this time. Schutt has 4/32 with the 50th over to come. A big chance for five.
WICKET! J Kerr b Schutt 3 (New Zealand 205-8)
That’s Schutt’s fourth, Kerr slicing out to Haynes at backward point.
47th over: New Zealand 204-7 (Rowe 8, J Kerr 3) “An honourable 215-7 isn’t winning this.” That was me after 23 overs. Not bad.
46th over: New Zealand 199-7 (Rowe 5, J Kerr 1) Jess Kerr is the new batter, getting a single out to deep midwicket. Will Rowe go big to finish? Nope, she’s happy retaining the strike with four overs to go.
WICKET! Green b Schutt 12 (New Zealand 197-7)
A big swing from Green but she only gets a little inside edge on Schutt’s cutter, the ball deflecting into her leg stump.
44th over: New Zealand 187-6 (Green 5, Rowe 1) The clamps are right on now, Carey giving up just a couple of singles. It’s a performance that reinforces why she is Lanning’s go-to bowler at the death.
43rd over: New Zealand 185-6 (Green 4, Rowe 0) Just one run and the wicket from Gardner’s over – both efficient and effective. Rowe can whack it as we saw in the T20s. It’s earned her a promotion.
WICKET! Halliday st Healy b Gardner 13 (New Zealand 185-6)
Halliday goes down the track in an effort to pop Gardner over the midwicket rope as she did Wareham but no contact on this occasion, Gardner past the edge with the southpaw well out of her ground.
42nd over: New Zealand 184-5 (Green 3, Halliday 13) Jonassen puts Halliday down at mid-off. Not the easiest chance but a life is a life, the ball running away for four runs as well. Seven from the Carey set, who now has 2/29 from eight overs. Very handy. She’s essentially replaced Ellyse Perry in this bowling line-up.
41st over: New Zealand 177-5 (Green 1, Halliday 8) There it is, the first SIX of the innings! It’s via Brooke Halliday, who lifts Wareham with authority over deep midwicket. Way to make an impression.
40th over: New Zealand 169-5 (Green 0, Halliday 1) Two fresh batters as the final ten overs begin. Not ideal for the hosts, especially as the run of wickets started with the Kerr stumping. Watching it back a number of times, I still can’t work out how it was given out.
Down gone ten short of a ton. Carey, accurate as ever, brought about the false stroke, miscuing straight back to the seamer in her follow-through. Three wickets in three overs: the squeeze is back on.
39th over: New Zealand 166-4 (Down 88, Green 0) Watching the replay back, Down carries the responsibility for that one – never a single there. Lanning has options galore for the final stanza, Schutt with the most overs on the clock having sent down seven.
WICKET! Martin run out [Jonassen/Healy] 1 (New Zealand 166-4)
Wickets in consecutive overs. Martin and Down were all-in on a quick single but Jonassen raced in from point to complete a diving flick to Healy, making no mistake. Short by a metre or more.
38th over: New Zealand 165-3 (Down 87, Martin 1) Down needs to show the same enterprise as her dismissed colleague Kerr. And she does well to catch up with a ball on leg stump, turning it down to fine leg for four. So, six runs and the wicket from the Schutt over.
WICKET! Kerr st Healy b Schutt 33 (New Zealand 159-3)
A big call from the third umpire! Barely a frame in that. Indeed, was there a conclusive shot in favour of the appeal? I didn’t think so. Kerr was down the track swinging and missing at Schutt who saw her coming, beating her with a cutter that beat the horizontal bat.
37th over: New Zealand 159-2 (Down 82, Kerr 33) Lanning sticks with Wareham, who has been her most expensive bowler. Five singles follow. No risks at this stage. Time for Kerr to unleash, isn’t it?
36th over: New Zealand 155-2 (Down 80, Kerr 31) Five of Schutt; both teams would probably be okay with that outcome at this stage. “There’s been a real shift in intent from Lauren Down,” says Suzie Bates. These two have now put on 86, the foundation suitably laid.
35th over: New Zealand 150-2 (Down 77, Kerr 30) Down dances at Wareham, smashing her back over her head for a second time to start the legspinner’s over. It’s a good option for her. As is the sweep for Kerr, which she gets away to finish the set. That’s better! 13 from the over with the White Ferns now to 150. It hasn’t been a particularly persuasive batting performance but they have hung in there. Can they now transfer some pressure back on to Australia?
34th over: New Zealand 137-2 (Down 71, Kerr 23) Schutt has been Australia’s best bowler so far and she’s back for her second spell. A great option for Lanning before happy hour. And the squeeze is on after Down cuts a couple, six fielders inside the circle at one stage.
33rd over: New Zealand 134-2 (Down 68, Kerr 23) The extra pace on the ball is working for New Zealand, as is the fact that Vlaemnick’s radar is off, missing twice more down the legside. They go to drinks in a position where 240 could be on the cards if the foot goes down.
32nd over: New Zealand 127-2 (Down 65, Kerr 21) Kerr is changing the energy here, dancing forward and leaping back. A lot to like. She nearly loses her partner though, Down giving Wareham an ankle-high chance after reaching a low full toss. She got two hands to it but it didn’t stick. Never easy in the follow through, as they say.
31st over: New Zealand 124-2 (Down 63, Kerr 20) Vlaemnick returns to the attack but it doesn’t go to plan, twice missing down the legside before overstepping. Can Amelia Kerr make the most of the free hit? She can! That’s an excellent lap shot, executed perfectly. It’s also the sort of innovation New Zealand need. And it’s now consecutive boundaries with Kerr nailing her cut shot, beating the diving Haynes at backward point. 14 off the over, the biggest of the innings by some margin. These two have now put on 55.
30th over: New Zealand 110-2 (Down 62, Kerr 10) Lanning has her mid-on and mid-off up so Down takes the chance to do some dancing now, taking Wareham over her head for four – good cricket! Lanning doesn’t relent, she wants to keep her on the move at Wareham to bring the stumping into play. The mid-off does drop back to finish though, Down taking a single there to retain the strike.
29th over: New Zealand 105-2 (Down 57, Kerr 10) I like that Amelia Kerr has a plan to get things moving, routinely using her feet to Jonassen. She doesn’t find the gaps but it demonstrates intent. Earlier, for the second time in two overs Down just cleared mid-on.
28th over: New Zealand 102-2 (Down 54, Kerr 10) So many options for Lanning, so much depth. It means that in over 28 she can introduce Wareham, the best wristspinner in Australia, as her seventh bowler. Down tries to go after her from the get-go but only just clears mid-on for a couple. Three further risk-free singles follow.
Lauren Down reaches her first international half-century
27th over: New Zealand 96-2 (Down 50, Kerr 9) She gets there with a tuck through square leg, reaching the mark from 90 deliveries. It took 19 to get off the mark, getting through the outstanding new-ball spell. It’s not been the most fluent innings but she’s still there. Kerr plays the shot of the day to finish the Jonassen over, down the track and finding a gap that barely exists at cover, racing away for four.
26th over: New Zealand 89-2 (Down 47, Kerr 5) When Down gets into position early enough, her pull shots have plenty going for them, slamming Carey through square leg here. How do they break up this Australian rhythm, though? Despite taking only two wickets so far, this game is being played almost entirely on the visitors’ terms.
25th over: New Zealand 84-2 (Down 42, Kerr 5) Jonassen is back and you know what that means: stump-to-stump with changes of pace, all angles and guile. She’s been a fine bowler for Australia. Sure enough, just the two singles. Down has faced 80 balls for her 42.
24th over: New Zealand 82-2 (Down 41, Kerr 4) A good over for the hosts is followed by a tight one from Carey, who has 1/14 from five.
23rd over: New Zealand 80-2 (Down 40, Kerr 3) That’s better, Down taking it to Gardner, smashing her through the covers. It opens the door to a more productive over, seven coming form it. They have to work through the gears here – an honourable 215-7 isn’t winning this.
22nd over: New Zealand 73-2 (Down 34, Kerr 2) Just 13 runs added from the last five overs, New Zealand losing Satterthwaite in that window. That’s one more than they should have too, with the captain Lanning misfielding the final ball of Carey’s over at cover.
21st over: New Zealand 71-2 (Down 33, Kerr 1) Singles to bookend the over, Down then Kerr finding the square leg sweeper off Gardner. The spinner is already through four overs, giving up only 11 runs.