Australia received the Ladies’s T20 World Cup for the sixth time after they beat South Africa by 19 runs within the last at Newlands on Sunday.
Opening batter Beth Mooney anchored the Australian innings, scoring an unbeaten 74 in a complete of 156 for six.
South Africa have been by no means up with the required run fee and have been restricted to 137 for six regardless of opener Laura Wolvaardt hitting 61 off 48 balls.
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“It’s fairly particular from the group,” stated Australia captain Meg Lanning. “We felt prefer it was an excellent rating however we needed to bowl nicely and put strain on South Africa.
“It was about having fun with the method, about retaining issues easy when the strain is on.” South Africa captain Sune Luus, whose group misplaced each of their opening video games of the event, hailed Australia for “setting a benchmark for different groups to reside as much as”.
She added: “Should you would have advised me earlier than the sport that Australia would have scored 156, we might have taken it. We misplaced wickets at essential instances.”
The world has been filled with reward for the Aussie group.
Wolvaardt and semi-final heroine Tazmin Brits struggled to search out gaps within the area 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 facet wanted one other 103 runs off 56 balls.
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.
The left-handed Mooney performed a measured innings, scoring her 74 runs off 53 balls whereas a succession of companions batted aggressively.
Ash Gardner and Grace Harris each batted forward of captain Meg Lanning and gave the impression to be below directions to go for his or her pictures.
South Africa’s bowlers carried out steadily and have been backed up by enthusiastic fielding. Stalwarts Shabnim Ismail and Kapp each took two wickets every.
However Australia confirmed their high quality in defending their complete with athleticism and dedication that put the South African batters below fixed strain.
They’ve now received six of the eight T20 World Cups performed — in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2020 and 2023.
Solely England, who received the inaugural event in 2009, and West Indies in 2016, have damaged the stranglehold.
— with AFP