Australia continued their dominance in the 2022 Women’s World Cup as they finished their world cup campaign undefeated winning all their 7 matches. The Aussies have qualified to Semi-Finals at No.1 spot and have a high potential of winning the World Cup.
Australia played their final match against Bangladesh on Friday at Wellington and won the match by 5 wickets. Winning the toss, Australia restricted Bangladesh to 135 for 6 in 43 overs. Jess Jonassen and Ashleigh Gardener took 2 wickets each putting the break on Bangladesh batting. Australian batters lost their way in the early stages as they lost 5 wickets with just 70 on the board. Bangladesh Off Spinner Salma Khatun took 3 early wickets putting Australia under pressure. Beth Mooney and Annabel Sutherland held on together and stitched in an unbeaten 66 run partnership taking Australia to home with ease. Mooney scored a magnificent 66* and guided Australia for a fine victory.
Speaking about the performance, captain Meg Lanning during the post-match presentation said, “The conditions were the toughest I’ve played in this world cup. It was cold out there. We had to fight for this win. Bangladesh played extremely well and put us under pressure. It was positive to see Mooney and Sutherland take us over the line.”
Lanning added that she was happy to see Annabel Sutherland, who’s relatively young coming out and playing well under pressure. She also was impressed with the team as they handled the pressure well and fought their way to victory.
As Australia have finished at the top of the points table. They’ll be facing the no.4 side in the 1st semi-final on Wednesday, 30th March at Wellington. The advantage in Semis will be with Australia as they’ve played 4 matches at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. It will be interesting to see who’ll be facing Australia in Semis. As per the current scenario, it will be either India, England, or West Indies. We will get a complete picture in a couple of days as the league stages will come to an end on Sunday.
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