Latest Match Report – AUS WMN vs S Africa (W) 2nd T20I 2023/24

South Africa 144 for 4 (Wolward 58*, Britts 41) Australia 142 for 6 (Harris 31*) Six wickets

South Africa Women beat Australia for the first time in the second T20I in Canberra, winning by 6 wickets.

Quality bowling on Sunday helped restrict the hosts to 142 for 6, thanks to an unbeaten half-century from skipper Laura Wolwart as they trailed by the total with 6 balls to spare.

Australia made scoring difficult at Manuka Oval, but South Africa's openers quickly laid the groundwork needed to secure a historic victory.

Wohlward (58 not out) and Tasmin Britts (41) added 75 for the first wicket, the former having to negotiate a tricky final stanza after the tourists were 3 for 22.

In the 24th time the two nations have met in women's cricket – in ODIs and T20Is – South Africa won for the first time. The closest they have come before was a tied ODI in 2016. Sunday's result characterized the multi-format series after Australia won the opening match on Saturday.

Wolvaardt admits what a stepping stone it will be for his team as they look towards the T20 World Cup in October.

„It's very special, obviously we've never beaten them in any format or sport and we want to change that and to do it in their own backyard is incredibly special,” he said.

„Especially with a lot of seniors retiring in the last few years… this new dynamic young team beating the world champions is really great and hopefully changes our mindset. The witchcraft is a little bit more broken now and we can beat them on a regular basis.”

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Wollward saw a slight slump when he fell from 109 for 3 to 110 for 3 in three balls, but settled things down and took his half-century to lead them to victory.

Britt, who took his bat to 59 not out in Saturday's innings, hit eight fours in another impressive knock.

After winning the toss and batting, expectations were high as Australia chased down 147 for 6 in Saturday's match without leaving second gear.

But they struggled to find gaps or land big hits in a stuttering display, with only captain Alyssa Healy (29 off 24 balls) and Grace Harris (31 not out off 18) looking comfortable at the crease.

Pacer Masapada Glass was particularly dangerous, taking 2 for 16 in three overs, while spinners Nonkululeko Malaba and Chloe Tryon tied things up in the middle overs.

South Africa's suffocation saw them bowl out without a boundary for 29 balls in the crucial period between the 13th and 18th overs.

Tahlia McGrath struggled to score quickly for the second straight game with 23 off 28 balls. It was a similar story for Ellis Perry (18 off 19 balls).

Harris scored an unbeaten 31 with three fours and a six as Australia were forced to fend for themselves after scoring 18 off Kaka's last over.

Four of the defending world champions' last five defeats have come when batting first, a statistic Harris said his side need to watch out for.

„Chasing, you've got the number you need on the board, so as a batting group, you can think about how you get the extra boundary ball in the over,” he said.

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„Maybe a little tweaks here or there, or learning about previous conditions or how to play a little more aggressively and get a few more runs on the board. But I don't need to change. I don't think so.”

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