Healy, Villani power Australia women to T20I series win


Australia women defeated New Zealand by six wickets in the second match of the T20 International series in Brisbane to take an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

Winning the toss and electing to field, Australia restricted the visitors to 145-8 in their 20 overs with Megan Schutt the pick of the home side’s bowlers with 3-15 from four overs.

Suzie Bates was best with the bat with 77 for the visitors but she received no real support as the next best score came from captain Amy Satterthwaite, who struck 27.

Beth Mooney (0) was dismissed early in reply, but fellow opener Alyssa Healy (57) and Elyse Villani (50*) combined to put the home side in the box seat, Australia reaching the total with seven balls remaining.

The hosts were in trouble early as they slipped to 37/2 after five overs but Healy and Villani combined for a stand of 57 to take the game away from the tourists.

The third and final game of the series will be played in Canberra on Friday before the teams also play three-match ODI series.