Gujarat Giants’ quartet of Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Georgia Wareham and Annabel Sutherland helped Australia clinch an unprecedented sixth ICC Women's T20 World Cup title in South Africa.

Playing against hosts South Africa in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2023 final at the Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, the Giants’ newly-appointed captain Mooney scored an impressive half-century (an unbeaten 74 runs off just 53 balls), along with a valuable contribution from star all-rounder Gardner, who smashed a quick-fire 21-ball 29 to power Australia to 156/6 in their allotted 20 overs.

Later, the dominant Australians rode on an all-round bowling performance to restrict South Africa to just 137/6 in their 20 overs and secure a 19-run victory to claim their 13th World Cup title across all formats.

The Women in Yellow have now bagged the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup crown in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2020, and 2023.

Australia have also won the 50-over Women’s Cricket World Cup on seven occasions in 1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005, 2013, and 2022.

Talking about individual performances, Mooney and Gardner were the standout performers for the Australians.

Apart from smashing a match-winning fifty in the high-profile final, Mooney also slammed a 37-ball 54 against India in the first semi-final to help her side register a nail-biting five-run win.

The 29-year-old southpaw finished the tournament as the third-highest run-getter, with 206 runs in six matches at an average of 51.50 and a strike rate of 117.71, including three fifties.

Meanwhile, Giants’ accomplished all-rounder Gardner was named the ICC Player of the Tournament for her consistent all-round performances during the marquee event.

The right-arm off-spinner bagged 10 wickets in six matches at an average of 12.50 and an economy of 6.25. She also accumulated 110 runs at a brilliant strike rate of 119.56.

“We have been longing for this moment,” Gardner stated after winning the Player of the Tournament award.  

“Personal accolades are great but I am proud of this win. Words cannot describe how proud I am of the group. We talk about evolving as individuals and growing the game globally. There is so much fun in playing cricket for your country. This is something I am going to be proud of later in life,” the 25-year-old added.

Another young Giant, Georgia Wareham, also played a key role in Australia’s triumphant campaign. 

The star leg-spinner scalped six wickets in five matches at an average of 18 and an economy of 6.75.

Giants’ another young all-rounder Annabel Sutherland was also part of Australia's T20 World Cup-winning squad. The 21-year-old showed her incredible talent in the solitary game that she played against South Africa during the league phase. Sutherland, who filled in for Alyssa Healy, gave away just 16 runs in three overs.

Fresh from their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup victory, these four cricketers will look to continue their winning run for the Gujarat Giants in the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League, starting on Saturday, March 4.