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Twitter goes gaga as Australia lifts the T20 World Cup for the sixth time

With a well-deserved victory over South Africa in the final on Sunday, the Australian team earned their sixth Women’s T20 World Cup title. They reached a difficult total of 156/6, thanks to Beth Mooney’s unbeaten 74 off 53, but the hosts put up a heroic fight in their pursuit.

Although Laura Wolvaardt scored her third consecutive fifty in the tournament, the Proteas were defeated heartbreakingly by 19 runs. At Cape Town’s Newlands, Meg Lanning decided to bat first after winning the toss. From their respective stunning victories in the semi-finals, neither team altered.

Australia got off to a strong start thanks to Alyssa Healy, but she was unable to build on it as Marizanne Kapp’s wicket in the fifth over provided an opportunity for the home team. The first 10 overs, though, belonged to Mooney and the world’s best all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner, who put together a fast 46-run partnership for the second wicket while Gardner scorched 29 off 21.

South African bowlers, on the other hand, made a strong recovery in the middle overs to prevent Australia from scoring a huge total. Nonkululeko Mlaba and Chloe Tryon each secured one wicket, while Shabnim Ismail and Kapp each claimed two.

Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits, an effective tandem, had trouble at first, with the latter scoring just 10 out of 17. Although South Africa kept frequently losing wickets at one end, Wolvaardt continued to advance the score from the other end. South Africa was left at 54/3 after 10.4 overs after Mooney ran out captain Sune Luus for just two runs.

However, a crucial 55-run partnership between Wolvaardt and Tryon for the fourth wicket helped to even the match. Wolvaardt scored 61 runs off 48 deliveries and appeared to be in control, but in the 17th over, Megan Schutt dismissed her, ending South Africa’s aspirations.

The Proteas managed to score just 137/6 in 20 overs before Jess Jonassen further concluded the game by taking Tryon’s wicket in the following over. Wolvaardt scored 230 runs in six innings thanks to her fifty, and England’s Sophie Ecclestone had the best bowling stats with 11 wickets in five innings.

All that now Australia has won the T20I World Cup straight-away for the sixth time, twitter and it’s twiteratti has gone gaga on Australia’s win and South Africa’s disappointment.



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