Yesterday, defending Women’s T20 champions Australia beat South Africa by five runs. Team captain Meg Lanning was the star of the show claiming 49 of their 134-5 (20 overs) points.
It seems the Aussies are starting the decade as they mean to go on and are keeping up with a pretty impressive streak having made it to every final since 2010 – though they’ve only bagged the title four times in those 10 years.
They will face India in the final after persistent rain at the other semi-final saw the game abandoned without one ball bowled. As India were group leaders, they automatically qualified leaving the English team devastated at their chance to make it to the final.
India’s automatic qualification cause somewhat of a ruckus about the rules surrounding the event when games have to be called off. There’s currently no reserve day for semi-finals and England Captain Heather Knight said it was “really frustrating”.
India’s team captain, Harmanpreet Kaur sympathised with the English side and said that “having reserve days in the future would be a great idea”.
Weather-wise though, it was also a close call for Australia. With the same weather conditions, BBC sport reported that the Australian side was around 9 minutes from abandoning the match and being eliminated as they fast approached the cut off time. South Africa was the top of their group, meaning, just like India, they would’ve automatically qualified to the final.
Odds on for Australia
The Aussies have been somewhat of a favourite throughout this tournament, being one of the odds on favourites to win on sports betting sites. At the time of writing, the Australians are the favourite to take home the title with Betfair offering odds of just 8/15 for them to win compared to India’s 6/4 odds. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that they should take their opponents seriously.
Sunday’s final is set to be a record-breaker for women’s cricket as they’re expected to #FilltheMCG on the International Women’s Day clash. This will be a huge achievement for not only women’s cricket, but women’s sporting events worldwide. The previous women’s sporting event record was all the way back in 1999 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final in the USA where 90,185 fans attended the event. We’re noticing of late that it’s all part of a bigger movement to encourage the support of women’s sporting events just as much as we watch their male counterparts. Last summer we reported how the Women’s FIFA World Cup garnered its biggest UK audience ever in the Scotland vs. England game and it looks like Sunday will be one for the history books too.
We’re excited to tune into Sunday’s final which commences at 6 pm AEDT.