T20 Women’s World Cup 2nd semi-final: South Africa v Australia predictions, best bets
This is the WGL’s South Africa v Australia betting tips and odds update for the T20 World Cup Women’s second semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday, March 5.
This is the second of two semi-finals at the SCG and the winners will advance to the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, March 8.
If the semi-finals are washed out, India and South Africa would advance to the final as the top teams from Groups A and B.
All the talk leading up to the South Africa-Australia semi-final has been around the loss of champion all-rounder Ellyse Perry for the Australians.
Perry suffered a hamstring strain during the Australians’ win over New Zealand on Monday, but the good news for the home team, hot favourites to win the tournament, is that they have plenty of depth.
In four previous T20 meetings between these teams, Australia have won all four comfortably, although they have not clashed since the 2018 T20 World Cup.
Australia are deserved favourites here as the No.1-ranked team in all formats of the women’s game and their biggest danger in this clash could be the poor Sydney weather forecast.
Read on for our free betting tips for South Africa v Australia in Sydney.
South Africa Women v Australia Women Details – 2nd semi-final T20 Women’s World Cup
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground
TV: Kayo, Fox Sports
Where to bet: Top cricket betting sites
South Africa v Australia odds
Head to head: South Africa $4, Australia $1.25
South Africa top run-scorer
$3.00 Dane van Niekerk
$3.25 Lizelle Lee
$4.50 Marizanne Kapp$8 Mignon du Preez, Sune
Australia top run-scorer
$2.85 Beth Mooney
$3.25 Alyssa Healy
$4.50 Meg Lanning
$5 Ashleigh Gardner
$8 Rachael Haynes
South Africa top wicket-taker
$4 Marizanne Kapp
$4.50 Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Dane van Niekerk
Australia top wicket-taker
$3.50 Megan Schutt
$4 Jess Jonassen
$4.50 Georgia Wareham
$5.50 Sophie Molineux
$6 Nicola Carey, Molly Strano, Delissa Kimmince
South Africa v Australia betting tips
Alyssa Healy top run-scorer for Australia
Healy has been a bit hit or miss lately, but when she gets a start she can be a devastating player. Her husband Mitchell Starc is a renowned big-game player in the men’s game and we think she is due to deliver something special. Healy is one player who can quickly take a game away from the opposition with her powerful hitting.
Ashleigh Gardner player of the match at $10
In the absence of Perry, step up Ash Gardner as Australia’s star all-rounder. Gardener is also rated in the top 10 all-rounders in T20 cricket and she has been showing signs of striking top form with bat and ball. The $10 on offer is tempting.
South Africa v Australia predictions – 5/3/2020
Australia will have overwhelming crowd support and while South Africa have been impressive, the home team just looks too strong across the board. South Africa will need pace spearhead Shabnim Ismail to make early inroads and if they can take a couple of early wickets the pressure on the hot favourites will skyrocket. But we have to predict a comfortable win for Australia. Good punting.
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