White Ferns fall short in Rose Bowl

White Ferns opener Hayley Jensen bats during yesterday's ODI against Australia. Photo: Getty Images
White Ferns opener Hayley Jensen bats during yesterday's ODI against Australia. Photo: Getty Images
The White Ferns' wait to lift the Rose Bowl drags on.

Australia retained the trophy that they've held since 2000, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in their three-match ODI cricket series with a 71-run win in Mount Maunganui today.

The win came off the back of a strong batting effort, reaching 271-7 thanks to top-order knocks from Rachael Haynes (87 off 105 balls), Alyssa Healy (44 off 50) and Meg Lanning (49 off 51).

A 300+ score looked possible but Leigh Kasperek took the fourth-best figures in White Ferns ODI history, and the best against Australia, with the recalled spinner claiming a career-best 6-46.

In response, the White Ferns' chase was realistically dead in the water when they lost Lauren Down and Amy Satterthwaite in the first two overs, though Hayley Jensen (28 off 40), Amelia Kerr (47 off 70) and Brooke Halliday (32 off 56) produced some handy partnerships.

However, the required run rate was always an unrealistic task, and the Ferns' lower order tumbled trying to hit out.

Australia's spinners claimed five wickets while there were three runouts as the visitors continued on their world record run, sealing their 23rd consecutive ODI victory.

The final match of the series is on Saturday at the same venue.

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