AUS W vs SA W Match Preview: South Africa women lock horns against Australia women in the finals of ICC Women’s World Cup 2023. Defending champions Australia look to become record 6 time champions, while host nation South Africa look to become world champions.
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Australia defeated India in the 1st semi-final at Newlands, Cape town by 5 runs to advance to the finals. Meg Lanning and co are the favorites entering the finals. The top order duo of Alyssa Healy & Beth Mooney are most experienced.
Australia will be making their 15th appearance out of 19 world cup finals. They won 12 of their 15 finals in world cup’s. The battle this time around is quite a different one. For the first time Australia are about to face the heat of the crowd in a big game.
Alyssa Healy is the 2nd active leading run-scorer in the tournament. Healy has scored 171 runs in 4 matches. Australian captain Meg Lanning scored 139 runs in 4 innings. Lanning played a crucial knock of 49 runs in the semi-final match against India.
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Beth Mooney is the batter to watch out for in the finals against Proteas. Mooney has scored 139 runs in her last two final appearances in the shorter format. Mooney just gets better in big games. Australia got the depth in their batting order.
Ashleigh Gardener has had a huge impact in the outcome of the match for Australia. She is the number one ranked all rounder. Gardener’s fire power in the death overs helped Australia won over India. Gardener is Australia’s leading wicket taker with 9 wickets. She needs 3 wickets to become the tournaments leading wicket-taker.
Megan Schutt has been lethal in the powerplay overs for the Aussies. She has troubled opponent’s top order batters. Schutt has picked up 9 wickets in the tournament.
South Africa Preview
Proteas after a loss in their opening game make an emphatic comeback backed by the fans and crowd make it to their first ever finals in an ICC tournament. South Africa are one victory away from what could be a fairy tale ending to their tournament in front of their home crowd and a chance to end Australia’s dominance and script history in World Cup’s.
Shabnim Ismail’s 3 wicket haul and Ayabonga Khaka’s were the key architects in South Africa’s victory over England in the Semi-finals after Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits set it up for the bowlerswith a 96 run partnership.
Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits put on a show in their last two matches. Brits is the 2nd leading run scorer in the tournament. She has scored 176 runs in 5 matches. Wolvaardt is South Africa’s 2nd leading run-scorer piling up 169 runs in 5 matches.
Ayabonga Khahaka is proteas leading wicket-taker picking up 7 wickets at an average of 11.43. She has huge task in hand against the strong batting lineup of Australia.
The battle to watch out in the finals is between Australian batters and South African bowlers. The way South African bowlers bowled in the entire tournament has been outstanding.
Match: Australia Women vs South Africa Women, Finals ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023
Venue: Newlands, Cape town
Date & Time: Sunday, 26th February, 2023 @ 6:30 PM IST
Live Streaming – Disney + Hotstar
The surface at Newlands is balanced. Spinners benefitted the most picking up 53 wickets in 11 matches played at this venue. Since it is an evening game the surface becomes slower as the game progresses. Teams batting 2nd struggled to chase down targets. In the 6 matches with an evening start, team batting first won four matches and team batting 2nd won two matches.
The average 1st innings score in 10 matches played in the tournament so far is 152 runs. In the last two games team batting 1st score over 160 runs and it has proven to be a match winning total. The team winning the toss will likely opt to bat first and look to defend the total.
AUS W vs SA W Probable Playing XI
Australia Women: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Grace Harris, Georgia Wareham, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
South Africa Women: Tazmin Brits, Laura Wolvaardt, Marizanne Kapp, Sune Luus (c), Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Anneke Bosch, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba
AUS W vs SA W H2H Record
Matches Played : 6 Matches
Australia Women Won : 6 Matches
South Africa Women Won : 0 Matches
AUS W vs SA W Match Prediction
Our Prediction – South Africa Women to win the match against Australia Women
Based on the recent performances of both the teams in the tournament, We back South Africa Women to defeat Australia Women in the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 defying all odds.
The odds favoring Australia Women to win the match are 1.12, while the odds favoring South Africa Women to win the match are 4.98.