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Australia Won by 19 runs to win WT20 WC 2023

Australia Won by 19 runs to win WT20 WC 2023

Australia Won by 19 runs to win WT20 WC 2023

AUSW 156/6 (20)

RSAW 137/6 (20)

Australia Women won by 19 runs

Clinical Australia clinch third successive T20 World Cup title

Stats - Australia's hat-trick and Mooney's love for finals

6 - Women's T20 World Cups won by Australia, including a hat-trick of titles - 2018, 2020 and 2023. Australia's first three T20 World Cup wins also came in succession - 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Only Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry have been part of all six editions won by Australia. Healy played in all those six finals, while Perry missed the knockouts in the 2020 edition, having sustained a hamstring injury.

3 - The was the third instance of a team winning the T20 World Cup without losing a match. Australia won all six games they played in this tournament. England won the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2009 by winning all five games, while Australia also won all five in the 2010 edition, which included a win in the Super Over.

7 - Australia have won all their seven games against South Africa in T20 World Cups. These are the most matches won by a team against an opponent at T20 World Cups. England have won all six against India, while New Zealand have defeated Sri Lanka six times.

74* - Beth Mooney's score against South Africa, the third-highest individual score in a Women's T20 World Cup final. Mooney tops the list with her unbeaten 78 against India in the 2020 edition, while Alyssa Healy scored 75 in the same game.

4 - Consecutive fifties for Mooney in the finals of T20I tournaments. Mooney's scores in the previous three T20I finals - 61, 78* and 71* - are all against India. She has scored 298 runs at an average of 99.33 and a 136.69 strike rate across the six times she has batted in the T20I finals. Mooney's four fifties in the T20I finals are the most for any batter.

2 - Players with 100-plus runs and 10-plus wickets in an edition of Women's T20 World Cup, including Ashleigh Gardner in this tournament. Gardner scored 110 runs and took ten wickets to match the double achieved by Deandra Dottin in 2018, with 121 runs and ten scalps.

0 - Matches lost by Australia against South Africa in international cricket. They have won all seven T20Is and 14 of the 15 ODIs between them. The only instance when Australia failed to defeat South Africa was in an ODI in 2016 that ended in a tie.

43 - Wickets for Shabnim Ismail in the T20 World Cup. She is now the leading wicket-taker in the competition, surpassing Anya Shrubsole's tally of 41.

Meg Lanning | Australia captain: It's a pretty special effort from the group, all the teams came really hard and we knew that was gonna happen, but to be able to perform so well throughout the tournament, super proud. We felt it was a good score but you have to bowl well with the wicket not as good as it was in the semi-final, so we were confident if we could hit the right lengths and target the stumps enough, we will be able to put South Africa under pressure, I thought our powerplay was excellent and that really set the tone. It is just about enjoying the opportunity and making sure that we are focused on what we are doing. We knew it was gonna be an amazing atmosphere which it was. It was a great event and we got some really good experience within the group and we wanted to really call on that and make sure when the pressure was on we are able to keep things simple and get things done and that's what everybody did. The people (of South Africa) have been super-friendly and the tournament has been amazing, so we thoroughly enjoyed it and certainly nice to finish off with the win here with this group. It's a special group, not just the players but the support staff who put a lot of work behind the scenes, so just want thank all that back group over there who certainly allowed us to go out there and play some cricket and really enjoy ourselves and also my family and friends are here. All the support from back home and here, it's been amazing.

Ashleigh Gardner | PoTS: We have been longing for this moment since the last World Cup. We weren't in winning positions in certain phases, but we scrapped and got through. Probably the semifinal performance with the bat against India was the best of this tournament for me. We have won this tournament. We spoke about wanting to do this, so really proud. Confidence in my bowling. I have bowled quite a bit even in the Big Bash. Thankfully it (form) has come into international cricket as well. Proud is probably as understatement for the impact we have had globally as a team. Very fortunate to be part of this team and it something later in life I am going to be super proud of.

Beth Mooney | PoTM: Very special win. Incredible to be here in South Africa and play in a ground as special as this. I wasn't really calm in the middle. The girls will tell you later. The crowd were very impressive. It was a really tough wicket and I was a little too hard on myself in the middle. Really disappointed with my outings in the first couple of games. But the team always believed in me to turn it around. The whole squad, support staff have been amazing.

Sune Luus | South Africa captain: It's been amazing. To play at our home ground, with so many people supporting is amazing. Thank you Newlands for all the support, we love you guys a lot. If you told me before the game Australia were getting 156 I would have taken it. We lost wickets at crucial times, we knew they had a quality bowling line up. We lost the game but we can still be proud of the way we played in the tournament. I don't think womens cricket is going backwards at the moment. Some exciting moments are waiting in the coming months. I hope there is a lot of development in this front in the country. So many girs want to pick up a bat and ball, so the schools had to get girls cricket. They got to be starting club cricket as well with more girls knocking on the door. Firstly, you guys (Australia) are very annoying (smiles). But, congratulations to Meg and her team. You have been inspirational in world cricket for a long time and lot of the players look up to you guys and you showed your class again. I think my wish is just to keep on growing. We have set the platform today. Pressure is womens sports in his country, on the Minister of Sports, CSA and everyone to keep growing womens sport in this country... whether it is financially or the pipeline, just need to keep growing and pushing.

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