With the Women’s T20 World Cup nearing its end, the entire global cricket community is buzzing with excitement. After an action-packed series of matches and some very hard-fought victories, two teams stand in line to diamond from each other — India and Australia. Both these sides share a long, storied history of playing each other and their rivalry in this tournament has been fiercely contested in previous visits as well. With both teams having played some scintillating cricket throughout the tournament, Saturday’s finale promises to be a titanic clash between two star-studded sides of international superwomen. Whoever comes out on top will conquer more than just a trophy — they will lay claim to being ‘The Pride of Women’s Cricket!’
The Australian Women’s cricket team have once again asserted their dominance on the world stage, defeating India in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup to make it to their seventh consecutive final. With a total of 13 wickets taken between them, and bowler Megan Schutt taking four of those from just four overs, the Aussie women delivered another impressive display. They will now face off against traditional rivals England in a clash for the ages as they attempt to claim yet another T20 World Cup title; a feat that would further cement them as one of the elite cricketing nations in the world. So far, Australia has won three out of their six previous finals, establishing themselves as an unstoppable force and one which certainly should not be underestimated when they next take to the field.
In an incredibly thrilling match, South Africa were able to prove why they are one of the most formidable sides in the world. Half-centuries from Tazmin Brits and Laura Wolvaardt set South Africa up for a first innings score of 164/4 that England had to chase. England looked very good in their attempt, but then came a brilliant spell from Ayabonga Khaka with three wickets in one over that threatened to swing the momentum back into South Africa’s favour. Ultimately it was Shabnim Ismail’s superb final over that really sealed the deal as she only conceded seven runs, ensuring South Africa won by just six runs and earned their place in Sunday’s World Cup Final against Australia. This is an incredible feat for South African cricket – never before have they made it to a World Cup final in any format – and it marks potentially a new dawn for cricket in the nation.
The upcoming women’s T20 championship is sure to be an exciting one! All the teams in the tournament have been practicing hard and doing everything they can to prepare for their matches. No matter which team is at the top when all is said and done, it will be quite an accomplishment. It has been an exciting season thus far, with plenty of thrilling last minute wins, so we can only imagine what surprises might come when these talented teams compete against each other in the championship. All eyes are surely on this championship match-up – it’s something to look forward to indeed!