March 22, 2023

Beth Mooney’s 74 and Australia’s athleticism within the subject helped the defending champions declare their sixth Girls’s T20 World Cup title towards hosts South Africa.

Australia have gained the Girls’s T20 World Cup for the sixth time as they defeated South Africa by 19 runs within the remaining at Newlands, Cape City.

Helped by opening batter Beth Mooney’s innings of 74, the defending champions posted a complete of 156 for six of their 20 overs within the remaining on Sunday.

A vociferous crowd backed the house group of their first look at a girls’s world cup remaining, however the hosts struggled to maintain up with the required run fee from the beginning, and had been restricted to 137 for six in reply.

Australia had been pre-match favourites, and their expertise with bat and ball confirmed on a sluggish wicket as they retained the title they gained on residence soil in 2020.

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The left-handed Mooney performed a measured innings, scoring her 74 runs off 53 balls whereas a succession of companions batted aggressively.

With South Africa allowed solely three fielders exterior the circle within the remaining over due to a sluggish over fee, Mooney hit the primary two balls from Shabnim Ismail for six and 4 to present the defending champions hope of a high-scoring end.

T20 women's World Cup cricket match between South Africa and Australia
Australia’s Beth Mooney was declared participant of the match. [Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters]

However Ismail claimed two wickets with successive balls to peg Australia again.

South Africa’s bowlers carried out steadily and had been backed up by enthusiastic fielding.

South Africa’s chase was led by Laura Wolvaardt, who scored an outstanding 61 however had little help, and Australia’s intelligent use of tempo and size strangled the scoring fee for giant components of the innings.

Wolvaardt and semifinal heroine Tazmin Brits struggled to seek out gaps within the subject and scored solely 17 runs earlier than Brits was caught at mid-on off Darcie Brown off the final ball of the fifth over.

Marizanne Kapp hit two boundaries however was out for 11, and South Africa captain Sune Luus was run out for 2. At that stage, the house aspect wanted one other 103 runs off 56 balls.

T20 women's World Cup cricket match between South Africa and Australia
South Africa’s Laura Wolvaardt gave the house aspect hope with an aggressive show [Rodger Bosch/AFP]

Wolvaardt and the hard-hitting Chloe Tryon gave a near-capacity crowd of about 15,000 hope with an attacking fourth wicket partnership of 55 off 37 balls, however the match was successfully over when Wolvaardt was leg earlier than wicket to Megan Schutt within the seventeenth over.

Australia confirmed their high quality in defending their complete with athleticism and dedication that put the South African batters below fixed strain.

‘Terrific expertise’ for the house group

Mooney, who was declared participant of the match, stated taking part in in entrance of a partisan crowd was “particular”.

“I wasn’t calm. The gang was spectacular and never many had been cheering for us,” she stated after her group gained their third consecutive T20 World Cup.

South Africa’s main scorer Wolvaardt admitted Australia had been the dominant group, however stated it was an unbelievable event for her aspect.

“I reside down the street so it was a terrific expertise,” she stated.

T20 women's World Cup cricket match between South Africa and Australia
Australia’s Ash Gardner celebrates profitable the ICC Girls’s Cricket T20 World Cup [Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters]

Within the post-match presentation, South Africa’s captain Sune Luus stated Australia have set a benchmark for different groups to reside as much as, however was happy with her personal group’s efforts.

“Now we have set the platform at this time and all through the event,” Luus stated referring to her group’s success over better-ranked sides in the course of the event.

“To play to this crowd with so many individuals watching and supporting, we by no means imagined.”

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