Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 | Invincible Australia looms for South Africa

Home team openers Wolvaardt and Brits are in top form and will be vital to its chances against the Aussies who are five-time champions and will be featuring in their seventh successive final

February 26, 2023 01:59 am | Updated 06:59 pm IST - Cape Town

South Africa showed commendable fighting spirit to upset England in the semifinal. File

South Africa showed commendable fighting spirit to upset England in the semifinal. File | Photo Credit: AP

Women’s T20 World Cup final

South Africa will get their fairytale finish at home if they find a way to halt the Australian juggernaut in the Women's T20 World Cup final on Sunday.

South Africa showed commendable fighting spirit to upset England in the semifinal but they will need to stitch together a perfect game to topple the mighty Australia, who are the record five-time champions and are in their seventh successive final.

South Africa have made rapid strides over the past 12 months and after making the semifinals of the ODI World Cup last year, they entered their maiden final of an ICC event here on Friday.

In Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits, a former world junior javelin champion whose Olympic dream was shattered in 2012 due to a car accident, South Africa have one of the best opening pairings in the tournament.

They both go into the final in top form and are vital to the team's chances against Australia who managed to beat India in the semifinals despite not playing their best game.

All-rounder Marizanne Kapp is another important player for South Africa and produced a much needed cameo in the semis.

Skipper Sune Luus thinks she has the world's best bowling attack at her disposal and why not when you have the express pace duo of Shabnam Ismail and Ayabonga Khaka in your ranks.

The crowd will be fully behind South Africa and the home team will look to feed off them like they did on Friday.

Australia had comfortably beaten South Africa in the group stage but they will be wary of them in the title clash.

Australia, who by far have been the most successful side in women's cricket history, look good to extend their dominance.

They have all bases covered and no total is safe when they are chasing. India needed only 39 off the last five overs but Australia did not give up and gave their 100% on the field to wrest the game in their favour.

Champion outfits find a way of winning even when things are not going their way and the Meg Lanning-led side is known for that.

South African opener Britz was asked about Australia's undisputed rule over the game after the famous win over England on Friday.

"I'm a bit too straight forward, so I'm trying to work on that because I like to say things as they come - but the end of the day cricket is a very funny game and Australia might be the top but at the end of the day, you play the ball you don't play the players, and I think that's what we did in this England side.

"We didn't play England that we always lost to and it's a constant reminder that I heard I was never in that. You know the semi-finals when they lost is the first semi-final I've ever been in and the first time against England so we'll take it as it comes but very excited to go to the final," said the opener.

The teams:

Australia: Meg Lanning (c), Alyssa Healy, Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Heather Graham, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland and Georgia Wareham.

South Africa: Sune Luus (c), Annerie Dercksen, Marizanne Kapp, Lara Goodall, Ayabonga Khaka, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Shabnim Ismail, Tazmin Brits, Masabata Klaas, Laura Wolvaardt, Sinalo Jafta, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Anneke Bosch and Delmi Tucker.

Match starts 6.30 p.m. IST.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.