Probuddha Bhattacharjee ∙ Feb 25 2023, 2:22 PM

Women's T20 WC 2023, Final: AU-W vs SA-W | Fantasy Tips and Teams

image-lek1oxr1South Africa Women's Cricket Team (Source: Twitter)

The ICC Women's T20I World Cup 2023 is down to the summit clash. As anticipated Australia have found their way into the match that matters. But after a losing start against Sri Lanka, South Africa has made their way into the finals surprising quite a few cricket followers. 

Australia have been impeccable in the tournament. They have literally steam rolled past their opponents in the group stage. In the semi finals they faced one of the strongest contenders of the tournament, India. 

In the first semi final of the tournament, Australia batted first and posted a total of 172 runs for the loss of four wickets in their 20 overs. India made a great fight of the total and at one stage looked like they would win the match. But the defending champions held their nerve and managed to edge the contest by just five runs. 

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Much unlike their opponents, South Africa had a nightmarish start to the tournament as they lost their first match against Sri Lanka. But after they made a strong back and picked up the necessary wins to make it to the semi finals. 

In the semi finals, South Africa had to face England. The hosts batted first in the match and posted a total of 164 runs for the loss of four wickets in their 20 overs. In the chase, England went close but were stopped at 158 for the loss of eight wickets in their 20 overs. South Africa won the match by six runs and find themselves in the grand finale against the defending champions. 

The match is scheduled to take place on the 26th of February at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. It will start from 6:30 PM IST. But before the match starts let us take a look at the important stats, the prime player picks and the best predicted XIs for the fantasy contests of the match.

Ground Stats: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

The pitch at the Newlands Stadium has been a very sporty one. It has remained true throughout the duration of the match and the toss will not be of great consequence. The players will be able to impact the match with their basic trades if they can stay disciplined and hold onto their nerves.

Numbers at the ground (This Tournament)

Total Matches: 10
Matches won batting first: 5
Matches won batting second: 5

Average score batting first: 150
Average score batting second: 123

Average runs per over: 6.98
Average runs per wicket: 25

AU-W vs SA-W, Final: Head-to-Head

The two teams have played six matches against each other in the history of the T20I format. The face-off has been completely dominated by the Australian team. Even in the match that these two teams played in the group stages, Australia emerged victorious convincingly by six wickets. 

Head-to-Head (Overall T20I Matches)

Total Matches: 6
Australia Women won: 6
South Africa Women won: 0

Head-to-Head (In T20I Women's World Cup 2023)

Matches: 1
Australia Women won: 1
South Africa Women won: 0

AU-W vs SA-W, Final: Probable Playing XIs

Australia Women Team News

No major updates

Australia Women Probable Playing XI

Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Georgia Wareham, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, and Darcie Brown.

South Africa Women Team News

No major updates

South Africa Women Probable Playing XI

Laura Wolvaardt, Tazmin Brits, Marizanne Kapp, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Sune Luus (c), Anneke Bosch, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, and Nonkululeko Mlaba.

AU-W vs SA-W, Final: Top Five Picks

  1. Alyssa Healy (AU-W): The Australian wicketkeeper has been in good form with the bat throughout the tournament. Alyssa Healy failed to deliver up to the expectations in the semi-final against India but her recent form makes her someone not to be ignored in the final match. 
  2. Tazmin Brits (SA-W): The South African batter has been in brilliant form. Brits even delivered the goods in the high-pressure match like the semi-final. She will be a very crucial pick for the final. 
  3. Meg Lanning (AU-W): The Australian skipper has been very consistent throughout the tournament. Lanning never fails to delivers her best when the team requires. Her consistency with the bat makes Lanning a very safe pick for the match. 
  4. Ayabonga Khaka (SA-W): The South African bowler has been very good with the use of her variations. Khaka has used the correct deliveries at the correct time to pick up important wickets for South Africa. 
  5. Megan Schutt (AU-W): The Australian seamer has been in good wicket-taking form in the tournament. Schutt is the highest wicket-taker in the tournament and will bear the key for Australia's fate in the final. 

AU-W vs SA-W, Final: Must picks for the match

Australia Women

  1. Alyssa Healy - 171 runs in 4 matches
  2. Meg Lanning - 139 runs in 5 matches
  3. Megan Schutt - 9 wickets in 5 matches

South Africa Women

  1. Tazmin Brits - 176 runs in 5 matches
  2. Laura Wolvaardt - 169 runs in 5 matches
  3. Ayabinga Khaka - 7 wickets in 4 matches

AU-W vs SA-W, Final: Risky Picks

Australia Women - Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry

South Africa Women - Laura Wolvaardt, Marizanne Kapp

AU-W v SA-W, Final: Best Captain and Vice-captain choices

  1. Alyssa Healy (AU-W)
  2. Tazmin Brits (SA-W)
  3. Meg Lanning (AU-W)

AU-W vs SA-W, Final: Team for Head-to-Head Contests

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Wicketkeeper: Alyssa Healy
Batters: Laura Wolvaardt, Tazmin Brits, Meg Lanning
All-rounders: Marizanne Kapp, Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry
Bowlers: N Mlaba, Shabnim Ismail, Georgia Warenha, Megan Schutt

Captain: Ashleigh Gardner
Vice-captain: Tazmin Brits

AU-W: 6 Players; SA-W: 5 Players

AU-W vs SA-W, Final: Team for Winner Takes All Contests

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Wicketkeepers: Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney
Batters: Laura Wolvaardt, Tazmin Brits, Meg Lanning, Tahlia McGrath
All-rounders: Marizanne Kapp, Ashleigh Gardner
Bowlers: Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Megan Schutt

Captain: Tahlia McGrath
Vice-captain: Marizanne Kapp

AU-W: 6 Players; SA-W: 5 Players