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Australia edge out Proteas to set up Final showdown with India

Australia will face India in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 Final after the hosts came through a nerve-shredding semi-final against South Africa in Sydney.

Meg Lanning led from the front to score 49 before taking two brilliant catches in the Proteas’ chase of 98 in 13 overs, adjusted by the DLS method following rain at the SCG.

Dane van Niekerk’s side gave it their all but fell five runs short of a maiden Final, with Australia now just one win away from a fifth Women’s T20 World Cup title.

They’ll face India at the MCG on 8 March – International Women’s Day – after their semi-final against England was abandoned without a ball bowled.

India progressed on account of finishing atop Group A, while Heather Knight’s side were Group B runners-up behind South Africa.

The Final match-up also offers a repeat of the very first game of the tournament, a contest India won to launch their unbeaten campaign and reach the MCG.

Scores:

Australia 134-5 (20) (Meg Lanning 49 n.o., Beth Mooney 28; Nadine de Klerk 3-19)

South Africa 92-5 (13) (Laura Wolvaardt 41 n.o., Megan Schutt 2-17)


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