Sydney: Defending champions Australia rode skipper Meg Lanning’s run-a-ball 49 to script a five-run victory against South Africa via D/L method in a rain-curtailed Women’s T20 World Cup semi-final clash here on Thursday.
Australia will meet India in the final in Melbourne on Sunday in a repeat of the opening match of the tournament.
Lanning hit four fours and a six as she remained unbeaten on 49 with contributions from opener Beth Mooney (28) as the four-time champions posted 134/5 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first. For the South Africans, Nadine de Klerk (3/19) took three wickets.
As rain played spoilsport, the game was shortened to 13 overs but South Africa could not get to their revised target of 98 as they managed 92/5 with wickets falling at regular intervals.
Laura Wolvaardt remained not out on 41 and looked set for a fight but others did not respond in the same manner except Mignon du Preez (21) to some extent. For the Aussies, Megan Schutt returned best figures of 2/17 in three overs.
Brief Scores: Australia 134/5 in 20 overs (Meg Lanning 49 not out; Nadine de Klerk 3/19); South Africa 92/5 in 13 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 41 not out; Megan Schutt 2/17)
The finals will be played on Sunday at the MCG in Melbourne. It promises to be a truly spectacular celebration of cricket, culture and inspiring women.
Free Fan Zone
From Saturday , the MCG will be brought to life with a free fan zone to celebrate the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final.
Both Indian and Australian teams will be on stage at 1PM. This is a public appearance and not a media opportunity. There will however be a host of activity taking place including:
– Food Village (featuring an array of Melbourne’s best street eats and local produce)
– Cricket skills activation’s (including the Flinders Catch, Laneway Shot and the Melbourne Stump Hit, plus many more)
– Free play Cricket Zone for the kids
– Laneway Cricket Nets featuring Melbourne’s street art culture
– Giant Cricket Helmet Installation
– Selfie Alive (two-metre reflective cricket ball)
– Art Installations (featuring artwork by local female Victorian artists)
– Kids interactive street art paint-by-numbers
– Face painters
– DJ Pods
– Live entertainment experience featuring multicultural performers
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