Australia will face India in the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final after the hosts in Sydney have had a nerve-wracking semi-final against South Africa.
Meg Lanning led the way and scored 49 points before scoring two brilliant catches in the Proteas chase of 98 in 13 overs, which were adjusted after the rain at the SCG using the DLS method. Dane van Niekerk’s team gave everything but stayed five runs before the first final. Australia was just one win away from a fifth women’s T20 world title.
India had previously sealed its MCG ticket on March 8, International Women’s Day, after the semi-final against England was canceled without a ball.
“We have had a lot to do in this tournament and it is certainly something special to be able to get together in a really big moment,” said Lanning. “We will enjoy the victory when we know that something massive is coming up in the next few days.
“We never got into this World Cup because we thought it was going to happen and it was going to be easy. We knew there was going to be a fight and that was exactly what happened. We didn’t owe anything. We’re not here to defend [the title], we’re here to win it. “
Van Niekerk decided to roll first with more bad weather forecasts, but Australian openers Alyssa Healy (18) and Beth Mooney (28) got off to a good start. Ayabonga Khaka broke the partnership on the 34th with van Niekerk, who trampled Healy in the middle of the wicket, although Mooney and Captain Lanning avoided further damage early on.
South Africa dried up the runs with almost six overs between the borders after Mooney was released by Nadine de Klerk – and was just playing her second game of the tournament. She wasn’t finished there either, as Ashleigh Gardner stayed behind before bowling Rachael Haynes (17) to finish her four overs with 3/19.
Jess Jonassen also fell cheap when Australia lost three gates for three runs to sit over 71/4 in the 11th.
Lanning, who has an excellent record in T20I knockout cricket, continued to shape to lead the innings with Haynes and then with Nicola Carey.
Australia ended on 134/5, but the Proteas’ chase was initially stopped by rain. Van Niekerk and Lizelle Lee were preparing for a revised goal as the weather wore off.
A great slog sweep by van Niekerk got her going, but when the captain was bowled by a wonderful Megan Rubble (2/17) In-Swinger, her team ended up four overs 23/2. Lee had previously fallen in Molineux’s first tournament crash before Mignon du Preez was released by Delissa Kimmince thanks to a wonderful low catch by Lanning.
It was then up to Sune Luus and Laura Wolvaardt (41 *) to aim for the 43 needed out of 24 balls, the latter continuing where they had left off with some glorious cover drives against Pakistan.
However, Luus paused for rubble while skipper Lanning took another blind man to fire dangerous Chloe Tryon when South Africa was painfully behind his first final.
“We only played three knockout games, Australia played countless games,” said van Niekerk. “You can never write off Team No. 1 in the world and they showed tonight why they are. It comes with experience and self-confidence. They are deserved No. 1 at the moment.
“I really hope that we can soon win a victory over Australia. I thought it was night tonight, but that was not the intention. I was very calm when I got to the ground. I really hope that the final will be 90,000 Brings spectators to the tournament. ” earned.”
The endgame also features a replay of the tournament’s very first game, a competition India has won to launch its undefeated campaign and reach the MCG.