AUSW vs RSAW Match Preview
The top-order trio of Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, and Meg Lanning are in top form and have helped Australia Women get some good starts throughout this season. After decimating the opposition in the group stages, Australia Women faced a formidable Indian team in the semifinals.
Beth Mooney scored her second half-century of the season, while Lanning played an impressive knock of 49 not out to help Australia set a match-winning score. Ashleigh Gardner has been excellent with the ball, and is the joint-highest wicket-taker for Australia this season along with Megan Schutt, with both taking 9 wickets so far. Young seamer Darcie Brown has been quite impressive and bowled a brilliant spell of 2 wickets for 18 runs in the semifinals and is likely to get the new ball here.
Georgia Wareham and Ellyse Perry have done a decent job in the middle overs and will be looking to dry up the runs to put South Africa under pressure.
South Africa seems to be peaking in form just at the right time as they pulled off a stunning win against England in the semifinals. Tazmin Brits and Laura Wolvaardt were in red-hot form at the top of the order as both scored individual half-centuries and put up a 96-run opening stand and an excellent cameo by Marizanne Kapp helped South Africa reach 158-8 in 20 overs.
The seamers, Ayabonga Khaka and Shabnim Ismail bowled a disciplined line and length to take 7 wickets between them, with the latter bowling a brilliant last over under pressure to defend 13 runs. The middle-order batting has been a weak link for South Africa Women this season as Sune Luus, Chloe Tryon, and Nadine de Klark have failed to make a big score.
Nonkululeko Mlaba has been quite good with her left-arm orthodox spin.
We do expect to see some clouds but there is no chance of rain. The temperature will remain between 21-23 degrees Celsius.
As displayed in the last few matches, the track at Newlands Stadium is excellent to bat on and the average first-inning score here for this tournament is between 150-160. The pitch has a good and consistent bounce, and the batsmen will enjoy playing big shots here.
The quicker bowlers are likely to get some movement thanks to the windy conditions. Making a big score and putting the opposition batters under pressure is the way to go here.
Nonkululeko Mlaba’s Economical Bowling
Nonkululeko Mlaba has been pretty miserly during the last few matches and is arguably one of the best spinners in the South African squad. In her last 10 matches, she has given away runs at just 4.94 runs an over and has also picked up 11 wickets.
Since both teams are coming into this match on the back of victories, we do not expect them to make any changes to their playing eleven for this match.
AUSW vs RSAW Probable 11
AUSW Playing 11
- Alyssa Healy (Wk)
- Beth Mooney
- Meg Lanning (C)
- Ellyse Perry
- Ashleigh Gardner
- Tahlia McGrath
- Grace Harris
- Georgia Wareham
- Megan Schutt
- Jess Jonassen
- Darcie Brown
RSAW Playing 11
- Laura Wolvaardt
- Tazmin Brits
- Marizanne Kapp
- Sune Luus (C)
- Chloe Tryon
- Nadine de Klerk
- Anneke Bosch
- Sinalo Jafta (Wk)
- Shabnim Ismail
- Ayabonga Khaka
- Nonkululeko Mlaba
We are backing Australia Women to win this match. They have been one of the most consistent sides in this tournament and have already defeated South Africa during the group stages, which will give them a psychological advantage as they head into this contest. On the other hand, the South African middle-order has struggled to score runs and will find it difficult to turn things around under the pressure of a final match.
Alyssa Healy: Alyssa Healy has been very consistent for Australia Women at the top of the order, and is batting at an average of 57.00 in this tournament. She has scored 2 half-centuries in 4 innings and has an impressive strike rate of 119.58.
Ashleigh Gardner: Ashleigh Gardner has proved to be a handy all-rounder for Australia since her T20 debut in 2017. In this World Cup, she has scored 81 runs at a strike rate of 114.08 and has also picked up 9 wickets.
Laura Wolvaardt: Laura Wolvaardt has already scored 2 half-centuries this season and a total of 169 runs at an average of 42.45. She is likely to be quite effective on the batting-friendly wicket of Cape Town.
AUSW vs RSAW Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: A Healy, B Mooney
Batters: M Lanning, L Wolvaardt, T Brits
All-rounders: E Perry, M Kapp (VC), A Gardner (C)
Bowlers: M Schutt, A Khaka, S Ismail