The way, it was raining in Sydney from the morning it looked another semi-final will be washed out. There was a threat that South Africa and Australia’s match will also end up similarly. However, this was not the case. Earlier, the first semi-final between India and England team was abandoned due to rain which led India direct entry in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final.
Talking about the second semi-final, rain made an entry when the first innings was about to conclude.
Luckily, after a brief lull, the rain stopped and the two teams entered the field. But It was a bad day for South Africa, who initially had a good start but in front of strong Australian’s, they could survive for so long.
And, as history repeats itself, Australia had made it to the grand finale, for the sixth time in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: Meg Lanning stood for her team –
Earlier, South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl. Australia’s opener Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney gave a decent start before their partnership was broken by Ayabonga Khaka, picking the wicket of former.
After Healy went back to the dressing room, the hosts continuously lost their wickets but the captain Meg Lanning stood tall for the team at the other end.
South Africa pacer Nadine de Klerk was the star performer for her team as she had a big hand in dismantling the middle order of Australia. She picked three crucial wickets of Mooney (28), Gardner(0), and Haynes (17).
Meg played a match-winning knock. She kept on adding runs for her team while smashing boundaries all around the ground. Disappointingly, she could not complete a half-century while falling short by a run. However, her crucial contribution led to a fighting total of 134 runs.
As Soon as, Australia played the last ball of their innings, rain again entered the fields. Australia played a full 20-over game, setting up 134 runs but due to rain interruption, South Africa was a given revised target of 98 runs in 13 overs.
South Africa heart-breaking end:
Lizelle Lee, who has famously known for hitting boundaries, was out after scoring 10 runs and then the captain Dane van Niekerk lost her wicket. South Africa had lost their crucial players within 4 overs.
Soon, Mignon du Preez gave her wicket without scoring a run. But Sune Luus and Wolvaardt handled the innings, the latter one kept hitting boundaries while the former was easily rotating the strike. Their partnership was putting pressure on the Australian bowlers.
However, Australia has a bowler who has answers for every situation i.e, Megan Schutt. The dangerous bowler picked the wicket of Sune, who was not totally in control of the ball, as she gave an easy catch to Mooney. And then South Africa could not handle the pressure. Wolvaardt tried hard to take the innings forward Schutt and Kimmince didn’t easily leak the runs.
In the last over, South Africa needed 19 runs to win the game and Jonassen was handed over the ball by Lanning. She didn’t disappoint his team as on the first ball she picked the wicket of Tryon. On the other side, Wolvaardt continued to hit boundaries but she failed to do so at the end. Jonassen gave away 13 runs and thus South Africa fall five runs short to make it to the grand finale. And the Australian team was all pumped with their win as they entered the finals of the tournament.
South Africa’s innings:
On 8th March, India and Australia will fight for the title as the former will play their first maiden final of the T20 World Cup in particular.