We have some really great fighting ability within this team, it's needed to beat South Africa: Meg Lanning
Australia will be up against the hosts South Africa in the final of the Women's T20 World Cup on February 26.
Australia are eyeing their sixth Women’s T20 World Cup title after beating India in the first semi-final by five runs. Captain Meg Lanning showered praise on her team for working as a unit and showing great fortitude despite being put under immense pressure by India in a thrilling semi-final.
Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur brought her team to the doors of victory courtesy of her stupendous knock of 52 off 34 balls. However, her unfortunate runout tilted the balance in favour of Australia who clawed their way back into the game and emerged victorious by five runs.
Australia will be up against the hosts South Africa in the final, which is set to be played on Sunday, February 26 at Newlands, Cape Town. Ahead of the all-important clash, Lanning was delighted with her team’s efforts in the semi-final.
“Yeah, we spoke a little bit after the semi-final the other night and we were under the pump and India probably looked like winning for a lot of that game, but we found a way to win and that's what this team is really good at is sticking together, we've got each other's back,” Lanning was quoted as saying in the pre-match press conference.
Lanning further mentioned that remaining calm under tense situations is conducive to success, especially in big matches.
“And you know, whether it's going well, or it's not going well, I think we're able to stay really calm and composed. And as I said, look after each other. And that's an important thing that you need in big games,” she stated.
Heading into the final, Australia have an upper hand over the Sune Luus-led South Africa, having beaten them in all the six T20I encounters so far. However, Lanning stated that they won’t be taking the hosts lightly as they will come with the same energy with which they played in the semi-final against England.
We have some really great fighting ability within this team: Meg Lanning
“And yeah, we haven't had it all our own way over the past few years, and particularly at World Cups, and even in this World Cup here. So, we have some really great fighting ability within this team. And we're going to need it again tomorrow to be able to beat South Africa because they're going to bring the same energy,” Lanning added.
South Africa started their World Cup campaign with a defeat against Sri Lanka. However, they made a decent comeback since then making it to the final of the tournament. The Aussies, on the other hand, have once again dominated the World Cup winning all five matches in a row in the tournament before the finale.