The New Zealand women cricketers have lost to Australia by three runs in Invercargill chasing 167 to win the final Twenty20 match of the Rose Bowl series.
New Zealand won by 14 runs yesterday at Queens Park to take a 2-1 lead.
Australia made 166 for nine after winning the toss, Suzy Bates the best of the bowlers with four for 26.
The White Ferns were well placed at 159 for four in the 19th over but the quick loss of three wickets slowed their momentum
There are three 50-over matches at Lincoln next week with the series decided across both formats.