Women’s T20 World Cup: Australia defeats South Africa by six wickets to go to the semifinals

Australia easily overcame South Africa’s total in Gqeberha to advance to the Women’s T20 World Cup semifinals.

The hosts put up a 58-run opening partnership but faltered as they set a subpar target of 125, stalling in the middle overs.

In response, the five-time champions of Australia lost two wickets, reducing them to 40-3.

But, Tahlia McGrath and Ashleigh Gardner, who had never lost, regrouped to help Australia win with 21 balls remaining.

Australia won group one and advanced to the semi-finals with one game remaining. After losing to England earlier in the day, Australia will likely play India in the semifinals.

To advance to the knockout round, South Africa will need New Zealand to defeat Sri Lanka on Sunday and Bangladesh on Tuesday.

England is progressing well and is capable of defeating Australia.
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Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits reached 50 without loss in the ninth over when Meg Lanning, the captain of Australia, let the Proteas bat first.

Wolvaardt, who finished first in scoring with 45, and Chloe Tyron were both disqualified in the same Georgia Wareham over, and the home team was severely hampered as a result.

A late 23-point collaboration between captain Sune Luus and Nadine de Klerk raised the home team’s total to respectable levels.

The Aussies, who were playing without star player Alyssa Healy due to a quad injury, originally struggled to complete a simple chase as Ellyse Perry, Lanning, and Beth Mooney all lost their wickets in quick succession.

But, Gardner and McGrath repaired the damage, moving slowly at first before speeding up as they got closer to their intended target.

Top-scorer McGrath left the game for 57 after being caught off Masabata Klaas’ bowling, but Meg Harris found the boundary on the next pitch to help Australia through to the semifinals.

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