ICC Women's T20 World Cup Match 15: Australia beat South Africa by 6 wickets to complete 4 wins from 4
Four wins from four for Australia as they ease to a comfortable win by 6 wickets over South Africa today, at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth.
South Africa Women vs Australia Women, 15th Match, Group A, ICC Women's T20 World Cup
South Africa Women 124/6 (20 ov)
Australia Women 125/4 (16.3 ov)
Result - Australia Women won by 6 wickets
Tahlia McGrath’s blistering 57 completed a perfect run through the group stages of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 for Australia as they beat hosts, South Africa by six wickets in Gqeberha.
Coming to the crease with the defending champions under a little bit of pressure chasing South Africa’s 124 for six, McGrath showed no nerves as she and Ashleigh Gardner added 81 runs to take them to the brink.
While McGrath did fall at the death, the job was done by that point, and Australia finished off the comfortable win.
Australia have now won four from four to finish top of Group 1, and will await the final games in Group 2 to find out their semi-final opponent.
South Africa, meanwhile, started both innings strongly in this one, only to fall away, and now face a must-win clash with Bangladesh, while hoping New Zealand beat Sri Lanka and that they finish top of the three-way tie on net run-rate.
After being put in to bat, South Africa made a flying start as Tazmin Brits and Laura Wolvaardt combined to put on 54 runs at a run-a-ball for the opening wicket.
Eventually Ellyse Perry had Wolvaardt caught behind for 19 by Beth Mooney, keeping in place of the injured Alyssa Healy.
Marizanne Kapp followed for a duck before Georgia Wareham got the big one when she clean bowled Brits for 45, adding Chloe Tryon in the same over as South Africa suddenly found themselves 77 for four.
A rebuild was required, with Delmi Tucker removed for seven by Megan Schutt as the boundaries dried up.
After more than eight overs without finding the ropes, Nadine de Klerk finally did the honours, smashing Schutt for a maximum over long-on before Sune Luus added a four in the final over.
The skipper was bowled by Gardner for 20, De Klerk finishing on 14 not out as they had to settle for 124 for six after such a promising start.
That did not feel like enough against this Australia team, although Kapp had Perry caught at slip by Tryon for 11 before Meg Lanning was bowled around her legs for one by Nonkululeko Mlaba in the sixth over.
When Kapp took out Mooney, plumb in front, for 20, Australia were 40 for three and starting to wobble.
However, batting depth is the hallmark of this Australian team, and McGrath and Gardner proceeded to settle in before successive boundaries from the former in the tenth over showed their intent to pick up the pace.
From then on, the fours kept coming and the target became easier and easier, with McGrath moving to her half-century from just 29 balls.
Three more boundaries off Mlaba took Australia within touching distance, and while she was caught by Wolvaardt off Masabata Klaas trying to finish the job, Grace Harris came in to smash the winning boundary with three and a half overs to spare.
South Africa Women Fall of wickets: 1-54 (Laura Wolvaardt - 8.6 ov), 2-70 (Marizanne Kapp - 10.5 ov), 3-75 (Tazmin Brits - 11.1 ov), 4-77 (Chloe Tryon - 11.5 ov), 5-99 (Delmi Tucker - 16.4 ov), 6-122 (Sune Luus - 19.4 ov)
Australia Women Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Ellyse Perry - 4.1 ov), 2-29 (Meg Lanning - 5.2 ov), 3-40 (Beth Mooney - 6.6 ov), 4-121 (Tahlia McGrath - 16.2 ov)
South Africa Women: Tazmin Brits, Laura Wolvaardt, Marizanne Kapp, Sune Luus(C), Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Delmi Tucker, Sinalo Jafta(WK), Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Nonkululeko Mlaba
Australia Women: Beth Mooney(WK), Meg Lanning(C), Grace Harris, Tahlia McGrath, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Megan Schutt, Alana King, Darcie Brown, Georgia Wareham
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023 17:00
Venue: St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
Toss: Australia Women won the toss & elected to field
Officials Umpires: Jacqueline Williams (West Indies) Nimali Perera (Sri Lanka) Anna Harris (England TV)
Match Referee: Michell Pereira (Sri Lanka)
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