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Aus Women edge out Proteas, set up final 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 on Thursday, 5 March.

The hosts overcame South Africa by five runs (DLS method) in their Sydney semi-final. India progressed after their semi-final with England was abandoned.

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.

Semi-finals:

India vs. England – match abandoned at Sydney Cricket Ground

Australia beat South Africa by five runs (DLS method) at Sydney Cricket Ground

Scores in brief:

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

South Africa (revised target 98 in 13 overs) 92-5 in 13 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 41 not out, Megan Schutt 2-17)

Aus Women won by five runs

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 Final:

Sunday, 8 March: India v Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground