Australia Women and South Africa Women will face off in the final of the 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup on Sunday afternoon at Newlands. On Thursday, Australia Women defeated India Women in their semi-final, and South Africa Women defeated England Women on Friday afternoon.
Australia Women were not at their best against India Women, particularly with the ball, but will be confident of outperforming South Africa Women in all departments in this match.
On Friday, South Africa Women won their first T20 World Cup Semi-Final at the third attempt. They will be underdogs in this final, but they will be full of confidence after defeating England Women.
The Final between Australia Women vs South Africa Women will take place on February 26th, 2023 at Newlands, Cape Town.
Match Details to Note
Match: Australia Women vs South Africa Women, Final, ICC Womens T20 World Cup 2023
Date: February 26, 2023 (Sunday)
Time: 6:30 PM IST
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Meg Lanning made two changes to the Australia Women’s team ahead of the semi-final, bringing back Alyssa Healy and Jess Jonassen in place of Annabel Sutherland and Alana King. We expect Australia Women to field the same team in the final.
Australia Women have won every game this season, despite appearing to be on the verge of losing to India Women with six overs remaining.
Meg Lanning (c), Alyssa Healy (wk), Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Heather Graham, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham
Players to watch out for:
Despite having her lowest score of the tournament on Thursday, the keeper-batter still contributed 25 runs to the team. Throughout the competition, she has been in top form.
The captain delivered a typically fast-paced innings in the semi-final. She finished unbeaten on 49 not out and will be excited to bat on the same pitch again.
Only Sophie Ecclestone has more wickets in the tournament than Australia’s experienced pace bowler. On Thursday, she dismissed opener Shafali Verma.
Possible Playing XI:
Beth Mooney (wk), Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, Meg Lanning (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Tahlia McGrath, Grace Harris, Georgia Wareham, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
The hosts named an unchanged XI for their semi-final win over England, and we expect the same South Africa team to be named for this game, given that it is on the same pitch and there are no injuries in the squad. The opening batting pair is particularly strong.
Although they have lost two games already in Womens T20 World Cup 2023, South Africa come into this final with three wins from their last four matches.
Sune Luus (c), Chloe Tryon, Anneke Bosch, Tazmin Brits, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Laura Wolvaardt, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Delmi Tucker, Annerie Dercksen
Players to watch out for:
The 23-year-old right-handed opener comes into this final in great form, having hit 66 not out and 53 in her last two innings at this venue.
The 32 year old was named Player of the Match after leading the way with 68 runs and four catches in the semi-final victory.
The pace bowler was too quick for some of England’s batters on this pitch on Friday. In the sixth over, she changed the game by taking two wickets in three overs.
Possible Playing XI:
Laura Wolvaardt, Tazmin Brits, Marizanne Kapp, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Sune Luus (c), Anneke Bosch, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba
Australia Women vs South Africa Women Top Team Batsmen
Our batting picks for Australia Women are Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning, and Beth Mooney. In the semi-final victory, Mooney hit seven fours and one six. Lanning hit 49 not out on Thursday, giving her a total of 3395 runs in WT20Is since her debut in 2010.
Women’s batting tips for South Africa include Laura Wolvaardt, Tazmin Brits, and Marizanne Kapp. Wolvaardt now has over 1000 WT20I runs to his name and hit six boundaries in the semi-final. In the win over England Women, Kapp hit 27 not out from 13 balls.
Australia Women vs South Africa Women Top Team Bowlers
Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown, and Jess Jonassen are our bowling picks for Australia Women. Jonassen is a seasoned left-arm spinner who took 1-4 from the 19th over of India Women’s semi-final innings. In the group stage game against South Africa Women, Brown took a big wicket of Marizanne Kapp.
Our bowling picks for South Africa Women are Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, and Nadine de Clerk. On Friday, de Klerk was the most economical of South Africa Women’s bowlers, taking the crucial wicket of Nat Sciver-Brunt. In the semi-final victory, Khaka took four wickets.
Australia Women vs South Africa Women Head to Head
This will be Australia Women’s seventh WT20I meeting with South Africa Women. South Africa Women have lost all of their matches so far, including one by six wickets earlier this month during the group stage.
Australia Women vs South Africa Women Head to Head Stats in T20s
Australia Women vs South Africa Women Toss Prediction
In their semi-finals, both teams won the toss and chose to bat first, and it would be a huge surprise if either captain won the toss and chose to field first ahead of this match.
Australia Women vs South Africa Women Pitch Report
A par score of 155-165 can be achieved with a quick outfit and consistent bounce on the wicket. This pitch has turn as well as good pace and carry.
The weather in Cape Town will be sunny and warm on Sunday. From start to finish, the temperature will range between 23 and 20 degrees.
Australia Women vs South Africa Women Prediction
Australia Women are aiming for their sixth Women’s T20 World Cup title in the last seven tournaments and believe they have everything it takes to win this final. South Africa Women, on the other hand, demonstrated talent and fight in their semi-final victory, and they will not make things easy for the reigning champions with bat or ball. We expect South Africa Women to have some strong moments, but we believe Australia Women will be too strong and take the win. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Australia Women is the favourite to beat South Africa Women at the odds of 1.15.
Australia Women vs South Africa Women Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Megan Schutt has taken nine wickets in five games this season and is our pick to be Australia Women’s top wicket taker in this match.