Women’s T20 WC: Australia set up final clash with India
Title holders and hosts Australia have set up a final clash with India in the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, as they ended South Africa’s dreams in a rain-hit semifinal on Thursday (March 5).
This will be Australia’s sixth appearance in the final of the most coveted T20 tournament for women’s cricket.
Batting first, Australia made 134 for five off their 20 overs. But when the rain played a spoilsport in midst of the game, South Africa were set a target of 98 from 13 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. Eventually they managed 92 for five to just miss out on a first-ever final.
Earlier The Indian women’s team had created history when they advanced to the the summit clash owing to a superior group stage record, after the semifinal clash against England was abandoned without a ball being bowled at the Sydney Cricket Ground due to persistent rain on the dame day.
India are likely to be the team with more confidence going into the final on March 8 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, as they had begun their campaign in this tournament with a win over defending champions Australia.
A crowd of more than 90,000 people is likely for the final at the MCG, which also coincides with the International Women’s Day.
Brief scores: Australia 134/5 in 20 overs (Meg Lanning 49*, Beth Mooney 28; Nadine de Klerk 3-19) beat South Africa 92/5 in 13 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 41*; Megan Schutt 2-17) by 5 runs. (Match reduced to 13 overs due to rain; revised target 98, DLS method)