Australia enter sixth successive Women’s T20 World Cup final
By: PTI | Sydney |

Updated: March 5, 2020 7:21:44 pm

Australia beat South Africa by 5 runs through D/L technique to every their sixth successive Women’s T20 World Cup final. (Source: Twitter/T20WorldCup)

Four-time champions Australia used their wealthy big-match expertise to surpass a spirited South Africa by 5 runs in a rain-hit semifinal in Sydney on Thursday, organising a title conflict in opposition to first-timers India.

There have been fears that the second semifinal between Australia and South Africa on the SCG too will probably be washed out just like the India and England match earlier within the day. But the climate improved simply sufficient to get a sport albeit a curtailed one.

Australia skipper Meg Lanning led from the entrance with unbeaten 49 off as many balls to take her group to 134 for 5 in 20 overs. Rain returned through the innings break and South Africa have been set a revised goal of 98 runs in 13 overs as per the D/L technique. South Africa ended at 92 for 5 regardless of a preventing 41 not out off 27 balls from Laura Wolvaardt, leaving them dejected.

South Africa have been reeling at 24 for 3 earlier than Wolvaardt and Sune Luus (21) introduced them again within the sport with a quickfire 47-run stand. In the top, Wolvaardt, who smashed three sixes and two fours, had an excessive amount of to do on her personal.

Hosts Australia, who didn’t have the providers of injured star all-rounder Elysse Perry, have been ecstatic after Jess Jonassen was in a position to defend 19 runs within the final over with South Africa getting solely 13. With the win, Australia superior to their sixth successive final out of the seven editions held thus far.

“It was extremely tense. Even in the last couple of balls it just wasn’t safe. They needed 19 off the last over and we knew we had to nail it. But that’s T20 cricket for you; I was extremely nervous,” stated skipper Lanning.

On the final in opposition to India, she added: “India are a class side, they have been playing excellent cricket. We are going to have to play really well. We have been improving each day, it hasn’t been an easy road. We wanted to give ourselves a chance of playing in the finals, and now we just need to enjoy ourselves. We are travelling to Melbourne tomorrow, train on Saturday and play on Sunday. I doubt there’d be much sleep happening tonight.”

South Africa skipper Dane van Niekerk stated her group tried its greatest. “…we have to give credit to Australia for the way they bowled and we just came six short. We brought them back with the ball really well, they got off to a flier and we thought they’d get to 160. All the bowlers did really well, and credit to them for how they brought it back. It was very emotional to see the ladies like that. To come short every time is difficult , and we aren’t a team that blames anything or anyone; but unfortunately it just wasn’t our year and it wasn’t our day,” she stated.

Brief scores:

Australia 134/5 in 20 overs (Lanning 49 not out; de Klerk 3/19). South Africa 92/5 in 13 overs (Wolvaardt 41 not out; Schutt 2/17).

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