|First Twenty20, Seddon Park, Hamilton|
|New Zealand 130-6 (20 overs): Satterthwaite 40 (31), Jonassen 3-26|
|Australia 133-4 (18 overs): Gardner 73*, J Kerr 2-17|
|Australia won by six wickets|
Ashleigh Gardner helped world champions Australia overcome New Zealand by six wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Twenty20 series.
Gardner’s unbeaten 73 from 48 balls helped Australia recover from 14-3 as they chased 131 with 12 balls to spare.
She shared an unbroken 71-run stand with Ellyse Perry, who was playing in her first international match for a year after a lengthy injury break.
New Zealand earlier posted 130-6 after being asked to bat first in Hamilton.
Australia have won 32 of their 38 completed T20 matches in the past three years.
All-rounder Jess Jonassen took 3-26 as New Zealand struggled to accelerate, despite 40 from Amy Satterthwaite.
However, Australia slipped to 3-2 inside the first two overs, with Alyssa…