|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 received by 4 wickets|
New Zealand produced an exciting last-ball victory to beat Australia by 4 wickets and stage the three-match Twenty20 sequence at 1-1.
Needing three from the ultimate ball of the match of their chase of 130, Maddy Green beneath edged Nicola Carey for 4 to safe a positive win.
Opener Frances Mackay’s 46 from 39 balls had paved the way in which for the White Ferns, who had been lacking captain Sophie Devine via sickness.
Australia had earlier posted 129-4.
World champions Australia, who received the opening match by six wickets, haven’t misplaced a T20 sequence since 2017.
Despite an unbeaten 61 from Beth Mooney, which included six fours, Australia struggled to speed up within the center overs.
All-rounder Mackay claimed 2-20 together with her off-spin whereas Jess Kerr dismissed harmful opener Alyssa Healy for simply 4.
Despite scuffling with a calf harm, Mackay hit three fours and two sixes to get New Zealand off to a robust begin.
Australia hit again via Megan Schutt, who dismissed Brooke Halliday and Kerr in consecutive balls, however New Zealand managed to take their goal right down to 9 from the ultimate six deliveries.
Nicola Carey’s remaining over yorkers took the sport right down to the ultimate ball, with New Zealand’s bench celebrating after Green’s under-edge rolled to the boundary.
The remaining sport of the sequence takes place on Thursday in Auckland.