Australia’s Ash Gardner scythes through New Zealand in first T20 international

Australia’s Ash Gardner scythes through New Zealand in first T20 international

The Guardian

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  • Australia win with 12 balls and 6 wickets to spare
  • Gardner hits half-century in Hamilton

A defiant half-century by Ash Gardner steered Australia to a six-wicket victory in their opening women’s Twenty20 cricket international against New Zealand in Hamilton.

Chasing 131 for victory, the world champions looked like mere mortals when they suffered a nightmare start to their run chase, to be reeling at three for two and later 14 for three at Seddon Park. But they showed why they haven’t lost a T20 series since late 2017 when they cruised to 133 for four with 12 balls to spare thanks to Gardner’s unbeaten 73.

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