HOBART, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07: Ellyse Perry of Australia walks from the ground after she was dismissed during game three of the one day international series between Australia and India at Blundstone Arena on February 7, 2016 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

New Zealand have sealed a Twenty20 series win over the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars with a five-wicket victory at Wellington's Basin Reserve.

A brilliant unbeaten fifty from Ellyse Perry was not enough for the Southern Stars to keep the series alive in Tuesday's second T20I, as the White Ferns chased Australia's 6-116 with three balls to spare, led by a half-century from captain Suzie Bates.

It handed the hosts a 2-0 series lead with one match remaining, consigning Australia to their sixth defeat from their last eight T20Is, and their third consecutive T20 series loss – an unwanted trend for the tourists ahead of next month's World T20 in India.

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