Tahlia McGrath and Ashleigh Gardner took Australia into the semi-finals of the Ladies’s T20 World Cup on Saturday with aggressive batting to defeat South Africa by six wickets at St George’s Park in Gqeberha.
Chasing 125 to win, Australia have been in bother at 40 for 3 however McGrath and Gardner went for his or her pictures in a fourth-wicket partnership of 81 to safe victory for the defending champions with 21 balls to spare.
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McGrath was the dominant associate, hitting 57 off 33 balls earlier than being caught going for an enormous hit with 4 runs wanted to win. She reached her half-century off 29 deliveries.
Gardner made 28 not out off 29 balls.
“Tahlia was glorious, Ash as properly,” mentioned Australian captain Meg Lanning.
“They summed up the situations very well and put the strain again on South Africa.”
Lanning admitted that South Africa had began properly with each bat and ball.
“They put us beneath strain and to reply like that was very particular.”
South African captain Sune Luus mentioned her workforce had did not capitalise on a great begin to their innings after they have been despatched in to bat.
“We simply didn’t have sufficient runs on the board,” she mentioned.
Australia accomplished their group matches with 4 wins from 4 matches whereas defeat was a blow to South Africa’s possibilities of reaching the semi-finals of their house World Cup.
With just one win from their first three matches, South Africa will depend on New Zealand defeating Sri Lanka in Paarl on Sunday.
The hosts will then must win their last match in opposition to Bangladesh in Cape City on Tuesday to power a three-way tie for second place in Group One.
Internet run fee would then be the tie-breaker.
“We nonetheless have one recreation,” mentioned Luus.
“It’s not preferrred to should depend on different groups however we’re going to depart every little thing on the market.” South Africa made 124 for six after being despatched in.
An enthusiastic house crowd cheered a gap partnership of 54 in 9 overs between Laura Wolvaardt and a hard-hitting Tazmin Brits.
However the innings went into decline after Wolvaardt was caught behind by wicketkeeper Beth Mooney off Ellyse Perry for 19. Mooney took the gloves instead of Alyssa Healy who was rested due to a left squad pressure.
Marizanne Kapp was caught by Mooney off Darcie Brown with out scoring and leg-spinner Georgia Wareham made a double strike within the subsequent over, bowling Brits for 45 and having Chloe Tryon caught at midwicket off a full toss for a single.