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Current Match Report – AUS WMN vs S Africa (W) 2nd T20I 2023/24

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South Africa 144 for 4 (Wolvaardt 58*, Brits 41) beat Australia 142 for six (Harris 31*) by six wickets

South Africa’s ladies beat Australia for the primary time ever, claiming a six-wicket win within the second T20I in Canberra.

High quality bowling on Sunday helped them maintain the hosts to a below-par complete of 142 for six, a complete they tracked down with six balls to spare due to captain Laura Wolvaardt’s unbeaten half-century.

Australia made scoring look robust at Manuka Oval, however South Africa’s openers rapidly constructed the platform they wanted to assert the historic win.

Wolvaardt (58 not out) and Tazmin Brits (41) added 75 for the primary wicket, the previous nonetheless there to barter a probably difficult closing stanza after the vacationers misplaced 3 for 22.

It was the twenty fourth time the 2 nations have met in ladies’s cricket – throughout ODIs and T20Is – and the primary time South Africa have been victorious. A tied ODI in 2016 was the closest they’d come beforehand. Sunday’s consequence additionally squared the multi-format collection after Australia gained Saturday’s opening contest.

Wolvaardt witnessed a mini-collapse when her aspect fell from 109 for 1 to 110 for 3 within the house of three balls, however steadied issues and introduced up her half-century to steer them to victory.

Brits, who carried her bat by Saturday’s innings in making 59 not out, continued to sizzle, cracking eight fours in one other sensible knock.

After successful the toss and batting, expectations have been excessive for Australia after they’d chased down 147 for six in Saturday’s contest with out getting out of second gear.

However they struggled to search out gaps or land large blows in a stuttering show, with captain Alyssa Healy (29 off 24 balls) and Grace Harris (31 not out off 18) the one gamers who regarded comfy on the crease.

Tempo bowler Masabata Klaas was notably harmful, taking 2 for 16 from three overs, whereas spin duo Nonkululeko Mlaba and Chloe Tryon tied issues down within the center overs

Such was South Africa’s suffocating stress that they held the hosts and not using a boundary for 29 balls in a vital interval between the thirteenth and 18th overs.

Tahlia McGrath struggled to attain rapidly for a second straight sport, making 23 off 28 deliveries. It was an identical story for Ellyse Perry (18 off 19 balls).

Harris hit three fours and a six in her unbeaten 31, with Australia taking 18 runs off Khaka’s closing over of the innings to offer themselves one thing to defend.


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