Summary: In a thrilling Women’s T20 World Cup Final between Australia and South Africa, the latter team’s dreams of winning the trophy on their debut appearance in the final were dashed as they were restricted to 137 for six, falling short of the target of 157 set by Australia.
AUS vs SA Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 Final, Highlights: Australia beat South Africa to lift their sixth Women’s T20 World Cup title in a closely contested final at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town on Sunday. The match was highly anticipated as both teams displayed remarkable performances throughout the tournament. The South African Women’s team collapsed a target of 157 runs, reaching the score of only 137/6 in 20 overs, with Laura Wolvaardt’s brilliant knock of 61 runs in 48 balls not being enough to help them secure the title. Australia’s bowlers were in excellent form, with Megan Schutt, Ashleigh Gardner, Darcie Brown, and Jess Jonassen taking one wicket each. Beth Mooney scored an unbeaten knock of 74 runs off 53 balls, hitting nine boundaries and a six, to help Australia post a decent score of 156/6 in 20 overs. South African bowlers Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp were in brilliant form as well and took two wickets each. The win also helped Australia win their third consecutive T20 World Cup title and a clear 6-0 lead against South Africa, every time the two teams have faced each other in a T20 competition.
After winning the toss, Australia elected to bat first, but they got off to a slow start, losing one of their openers at an early stage of the innings. For Australia, it was a team effort with both bat and ball, as they held their nerves in the pressure situations. South Africa will be disappointed with their batting performance, as they got off to a decent start but failed to build on it. They will take some heart from their bowling performance, as they managed to restrict the Australian batters for most of the innings. But in the end, they fell short and were unable to win their first Women’s T20 World Cup. This was also the team’s maiden T20 Women’s World Cup appearance.
Australia, on the other hand, will be quite satisfied and thrilled with their performance, as they successfully defended their title. They had a formidable team with world-class players in every department, and they will be the team to beat in future tournaments as well. Australia Women started off cautiously but lost opener Alyssa Healy early in the innings. However, Beth Mooney and Ashleigh Gardner built a steady partnership to keep the scoreboard ticking. Gardner was dismissed for 35 runs, but Mooney continued to play sensibly and kept the Australian innings on track. The South African Women’s bowling attack, which had been impressive throughout the tournament could not stop the Australian Women’s team from lifting the World Cup.
Australia had been in terrific form, being unbeaten throughout the tournament and defeating the likes of India and New Zealand on their way to lifting their sixth Women’s T20 World Cup title. Australian all-rounder Beth Mooney is definitely owed for the way she played in a cool and composed manner rebuilding the inning and taking the team to 156/6 in 20 overs. She smashed nine boundaries and a six at a strike rate of nearly 140. Proteas bowlers could not do much even with Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp taking two wickets each. The Proteas opener Laura Wolvaardt kept the match alive for her side holding the wicket at one end. Her dismissal at 61 runs off 48 balls in the 17th over ended South Africa’s title hopes.
The final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 was played in front of a packed crowd at the Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa. The match was broadcasted live all over the world, and fans from different countries showed their support for their respective teams through social media. The crowds have turned up in large numbers, and the players have shown great sportsmanship on and off the field. The final turned out to be just what was said by the Australian skipper ahead of the match. Aussie captain Lanning said, “We know we’re probably not going to be the team that everyone’s cheering for, but that’s fine. It’s going to be an incredible atmosphere and an incredible game at an amazing venue.”
The Women’s T20 World Cup has been a great success, with some high-quality matches and some outstanding individual performances. The tournament has also shown the progress that women’s cricket has made in recent years, with more countries taking up the sport and more opportunities being created for women cricketers. The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 was indeed a landmark event in women’s cricket.
Australia beat South Africa in a closely contested final to lift the Women’s T20 World Cup title once again. It was a team effort from the Australian team, with both bat and ball, as they held their nerves in the pressure situations. South Africa will be disappointed with their batting performance, as they failed to chase down a relatively small target. Congratulations to Australia on their victory, and we look forward to the next edition of the tournament.
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