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With Australia’s victory in the Women’s T20 World Cup, Meg Lanning surpasses MS Dhoni and Ricky Ponting to set a new record.

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On Sunday (February 26), the Australian Women’s Cricket Team made history by winning the 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup. The Meg Lanning-led squad won the championship by 19 runs over the South African hosts in a thrilling final.

Meg Lanning

Australia Women Team

After winning the T20 World Cup in 2018 and 2020, Australia now has six of the eight available championships. They won both the ODI World Cup and the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in 2022, making them the current champions of both events.

The record:

Under Meg Lanning’s leadership, Australia overcame South Africa to claim the Women’s T20 World Cup for the third time in a row. By winning her fifth ICC trophy while leading the Australian cricket team, Lanning broke the previous record set by MS Dhoni and Ricky Ponting. By clinching her fifth ICC event as captain, Australian captain Meg Lanning made history. Together with the 2023 ODI World Cup, she has now successfully guided Australia to win 4 T20 World Cups (2014, 2018, 2020, and 2023). Lanning has now surpassed all previous captains in the span of ICC competitions thanks to this victory.

The match summary:

With a target of 157 to defend, Australia’s bowlers slowed down South Africa’s openers’ scoring rate at the start of the reply, giving up just 22 runs in the Powerplay and sending the in-form Tazmin Brits back to the dugout by the lightning-quick Darcie Brown. As South Africa struggled to increase its scoring rate, 105 runs were still needed at drinks with ten overs left. A Brown catch allowed Ash Gardner to run a ball 11 against Marizanne Kapp, leading to her dismissal. After she blasted big shot upon big shot to get to 61 from 48 balls, Laura Wolvaardt’s brilliance threatened to reintroduce South Africa into the contest.

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