Australia women registered a 19-run win over South Africa women in the final of the ICC women’s T20 World Cup on Sunday at Cape Town. Australia captain Meg Lanning won the coin toss and elected to bat first.
After winning the toss, Australia posted 156 runs for the loss of six wickets in their 20 overs. Australia had a solid start with Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney. Both added 36 runs for the first wicket until Healy got out for 18 runs. After that, Ashleigh Gardner joined with the Mooney and made 46 runs for the 2nd wicket. Ashleigh Gardner scored 29 runs. However, South African bowlers kept things tight and put pressure back on Australia in the back stage of the innings. Opening batter Beth Mooney was the top scorer with an unbeaten 74 runs. For South Africa, Shabnim Ismail claimed 2 wickets for 26 runs with a maiden over.
In reply to that, South Africa hasn’t had a good start. They lost Tazmin Brits as the first wicket when the scorer was 17. After that, Marizanne Kapp and Laura Wolvaardt tried to rebuild the inning and scored 29 runs. Australian bowlers manage to control the game in the first 10 overs. However, Laura Wolvaardt kept fighting and tried to stay in the game with the support of Chloe Tryon. Both Chloe Tryon and Laura Wolvaardt made 55 runs in partnership for the 4th wicket until Wolvaardt was dismissed for a well made 61 runs. After the dismissal of Wolvaardt, South Africa lost their way, and eventually they managed to score 137 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 20 overs.
With that win, Australia women became the Champions of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023, and it recorded as their 3rd consecutive title.