South Africa Women vs Australia Women, Semi-final 2 T20 Match Prediction2020-03-06
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
South Africa Women
South Africa Women
South Africa Women’s big battle against history in semifinal!
Australia Women to win this game!
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The league stage is done and dusted in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 and South Africa Women who topped Group-B would be taking on hosts Australia Women in the second semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The winner of this game would play the winner of India-England tie in the big final at the MCG.
South Africans did well to win all their league games with the last one being washed away while Australians made a strong comeback after the loss in their first game and won all the remaining games. South Africa Women would be battling against history in this game as they have never won a T20 game against Australia. Playing in the latter’s territory in front of large crowds won’t be easy for the side either.
The hosts would be happy with the way they have played in the last three games and shall look to carry on with the same form. With both sides looking good at the moment we should have a good game on our hands.
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It’s been a good tournament for Dane van Niekerk’s side. They topped the table in their group defeating England, Thailand, and Pakistan comprehensively. Their last game against West Indies was washed away by rain. The skipper would want her team to be positive and not be overwhelmed by their stronger opponents. They haven’t gone beyond the semi-finals ever and would look to break that with a win in this game.
Lizelle Lee has had a poor tournament so far and she has to deliver at the top against Australia’s quality pace attack. Her fellow opener Dane van Niekerk is in good form. South African middle-order had done well with players like Marizanne Kapp, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus and Chole Tryon looking in good form at the moment. It will require a good batting effort from the side to win the next game.
Shabnim Ismail and Nonkululeko Mlaba will need to target early wickets in the game as their opponents have a very strong batting line-up. Ayabonga Khaka and Dane van Niekerk have had a good tournament with the ball and shall look to continue with their form with Sune Luus filling the role of the fifth bowler.
Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Shabnim Ismail, Lizelle Lee, Trisha Chetty, Chloe Tryon, Dane van Niekerk, Ayabonga Khaka, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez
Since their loss against India Women in the first game Meg Lanning’s side hasn’t looked back. They were one of the pre-tournament favorites and have maintained that reputation with big wins against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. While New Zealand Women did give them a scare in the last game they would like to treat it as good preparation for this semifinal. They are the only team to have made it to the semifinals in every edition of the World Cup and know the demands of the occasion well.
Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney have done well opening the batting for the side and the side would look for a good start from them in the next game. Lanning and Ashleigh Gardener have also recorded runs behind their back which is a big advantage for the side. With powerful hitters like Nicola Carey and Rachael Haynes down the order, batting looks good for the side ahead of the semi-final.
Ellyse Perry’s injury is a huge blow for the side and she will not be part of the side for the rest of the tournament. However, the side has good bowling resources and Megan Schutt has done well so far. Jess Jonassen and Georgia Wareham have also done well in the last few games and shall look to trouble the South Africans. With Carey, Gardener and Sophie Molineux on the side, they have a good bowling attack.
Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen, Sophie Molineux, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Wareham
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||22||2.69 mm.||3.57 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|03h||22||2.75 mm.||4.82 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|06h||23||2.38 mm.||5.49 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|09h||23||0.38 mm.||5.03 k/h||From: N||97%|
|12h||21||0 mm.||4.69 k/h||From: N||92%|
|15h||21||0 mm.||3.66 k/h||From: N||88%|
|18h||19||0 mm.||1.84 k/h||From: NNW||44%|
|21h||20||0 mm.||1.34 k/h||From: W||6%|
The weather forecast for Sydney isn’t encouraging as there are chances of heavy showers during the game on March 05. Batting isn’t easy on this wicket and now it will be a huge challenge for the batters as the fast bowlers are expected to get good assistance from the surface and weather. We expect it to be a low scoring game where the side batting first should be comfortable with a score of around 140 runs.
Sydney Cricket Ground isn’t one of the high scoring venues for T20 cricket where we have seen sides defend low scores with good bowling. The track is two-paced and the ball doesn’t come onto the bat nicely. Batters have to be watchful with their strokes as the large size of the ground makes it difficult to score boundaries. Spinners love this venue as there is a good assistance for them.
The wicket at Sydney Cricket Ground is a tricky one for the batters and in the past few games played at the venue we have seen a string of low scores. The side that wins the toss would like to invite the opposition to bat first and get them out for a low score.
South Africa Women have had a wonderful tournament and they have surprised everyone topping the group ahead of England. The side hasn’t lost a game yet and this would be a big confidence booster for them. But they have never defeated Australia in a game before and this will be playing on their minds. Australians have won the title four times and can absorb the pressure of the occasion well. They have been clinical in their last three games and together with home advantage, they will start as favorites to win this game.
Australia Women to win this game!
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