Australia's heavy-hitting openers and calmness under pressure ensured Amy Satterthwaite's maiden one-day international century was a bittersweet experience today as New Zealand were unable to record back-to-back Rose Bowl wins for the first time since 2008.
Set an imposing 289 to square the four-match series at a game apiece, Australia made a rollicking start to the pursuit, were slowed by the mid-innings speed wobbles and then displayed great composure to prevail at North Sydney Oval by four wickets.
After openers Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes made belligerent half centuries, it was left to Jodie Fields and resolute ally Sarah Coyte to guide the Southern Stars to the brink of victory with a crucial 60-run stand for the sixth wicket.
Fields produced the archetypal captain's knock before she was run out for 31 while Coyte brought up a deserved unbeaten half century by tying the scores with a six - a single off the next delivery wrapped up a high-scoring contest with two balls remaining in the 47th over.
New Zealand must win the remaining games on Monday and Wednesday if they are to hold the symbol of women's trans-Tasman cricket supremacy for the first time since 1999.
Australia's admirable fight-back from an eight-wicket hammering at the SCG on Wednesday took some sheen from Satterthwaite's career highlight.
The 26-year-old left-hander did not have long to ponder the hundred that eluded her in game one - two days later she was raising her bat to erase memories of her fateful 98.
Satterthwaite's majestic 109 from 119 balls propelled New Zealand to what appeared to be an imposing 288 for six until rival openers Meg Lanning (72) and Rachael Haynes (70) made the target achievable thanks to a searing 131-stand.
While Satterthwaite, who struck nine boundaries and a brace of sixes, deserved the plaudits Suzie Bates, Sara McGlashan and Katie Perkins also provided necessary impetus.
Bates, who made a match-winning unbeaten 122 at the SCG, posted a second successive triple-figure partnership for the second wicket (115) with Satterthwaite and was on track to record another sizeable score until she ran herself out on 59.
McGlashan then joined Satterthwaite and raced to 50 from 49 deliveries, a ball before a more notable milestone was achieved.
Satterthwaite lingered in the 90s for just five deliveries and showed no sign of nervousness as she clipped her eighth four through square to reach the landmark in her 47th ODI from 115 balls.
The duo added 102 from 92 balls until McGlashan departed for 51; Australian spirits lifted even further eight runs later when Satterthwaite flat batted Erin Osborne to Haynes at mid-on.
New Zealand then tailed off until Perkins scorched an unbeaten 31 from 15 balls, including 18 from Sharon Millanta's final over.
Osborne was the pick of the Australian attack with 1-45 from her 10 while Coyte (2-55) was on a hattrick in the penultimate over when she removed Nicola Browne and Rachael Priest.
Facing an asking rate of 5.78 runs per over, Lanning and Haynes soon took that figure out of the equation as they plundered the White Ferns attack so savagely the Australian 100 was up inside 13 overs.
An unfortunate slip up denied Lanning a potential century on Wednesday and New Zealand again had to rely on a run out to remove their nemesis when Hayne called a fateful single to McGlashan.
Lanning included nine boundaries and two sixes in her 53-ball stay; Haynes then upped the ante until slow left-arm spinner Morna Nielsen made a crucial double breakthrough in the 25th over to hint at a momentum shift.
Bates held an excellent diving catch at mid-on to remove Haynes then dangerous allrounder Lisa Sthalekar was adjudged leg before wicket for a golden duck. Alyssa Healy also exited cheaply before Fields and Coyte settled in.
Neilsen, the only White Ferns bowler to avoid a towelling, finished with the excellent figures of 3-36 from 10.
Scoreboard from the second Rose Bowl one-day cricket international between Australia and New Zealand at North Sydney Oval:
F Mackay c Fields b Millanta 16
S Bates run out (Fields) 59
A Satterthwaite c Haynes b Osborne 109
S McGlashan b Jonassen 51
N Browne b Coyte 7
K Perkins not out 31
E Bermingham not out 3
Extras (1lb 9w 2nb) 12
Total (for 6 wkts, 50 overs) 288
Fall: 23, 138, 240, 248, 266, 266
Bowling: E Perry 6-0-34-0 (3w), S Millanta 7-0-54-1 (1w), S Coyte 10-0-55-2 (1w), L Sthalekar 10-0-50-0 (2w), J Jonassen 7-0-47-1 (2w), E Osborne 10-0-45-1
M Lanning run out (McGlashan) 72
R Haynes c Bates b Nielsen 70
J Cameron c Bates b Ruck 36
L Sthalekar lbw b Nielsen 0
A Healy c Bates b Nielsen 2
J Fields run out (Priest) 31
S Coyte not out 51
E Osborne not out 15
Extras (4lb 8w) 12
Total (for 6 wkts, 46.4 overs) 289
Fall: 131, 169, 169, 187, 199, 259
Bowling: S Ruck 10-1-69-1, R Candy 10-0-67-0 (4w), E Bermingham 6-0-41-0 (2w), N Browne 3-0-25-0 (2w), M Nielsen 10-0-36-3, F Mackay 7.4-0-47-0
Result: Australia won by 4 wkts; four-match series level 1-1
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