Watch the Women’s T20 World Cup live and free
Australia have won 4 of the 6 Women's T20 World Cups held to date. Will they make it 5 out of 7 or can another team knock them off their perch?
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Update: Here's everything you need to know for the Women's T20 World Cup final Australia vs India.
What's in this guide?
- When is the Women's T20 World Cup?
- How to watch Women's T20 World Cup
- Watch Women's T20 World Cup on free-to-air
- Stream Women's T20 World Cup on Kayo Sports
- Watch Women's T20 World Cup on Foxtel iQ
- Live stream 2020 Women's T20 World Cup via Foxtel Now
- How does the Women's T20 World Cup work?
- Women's T20 World Cup schedule
- Women's T20 World Cup groups
- History of the Women's T20 World Cup
- Who will win the Women's T20 World Cup?
Meg Lanning's all-conquering Australian side is an almost unbackable favourite to add yet another trophy to the cabinet during the Women's T20 World Cup. Yet recent defeats to both England and India in Australia – teams ranked second and fourth by the ICC respectively – showed the Australians can be beaten.
Third-ranked New Zealand are another team to keep an eye on in a competition that is tipped to produce a world record crowd for a women's sporting event in the final at the MCG on 8 March.
Will the Aussies prove too strong yet again or can an outsider steal their crown?
When is the Women's T20 World Cup?
The tournament runs from Friday 21 February through to the final on Sunday 8 March. It is being held at venues all across the country. The SCG, Canberra's Manuka Oval, the WACA Ground, Junction Oval in Melbourne, the Sydney Showground Stadium and the MCG are all hosting games over the course of the tournament.
How to watch Women's T20 World Cup
Foxtel and Channel 9 have both picked up the broadcast rights for the Women's T20 World Cup. Foxtel and Kayo Sports are showing all 23 matches live, while Channel 9 is only showing Australia's group games, the semi-finals and the final.
Live stream every Women's T20 World Cup match on Kayo: Start your 14-day FREE trial now
Watch Women's T20 World Cup on free-to-air
If you are keen to watch games involving anyone other than Australia, you won't find them on free-to-air television. Channel 9 isn't broadcasting games on its main channels either. You can catch Australia's group games, plus the semi-finals and final on 9Gem and 9Gem HD.
It's also important to note matches won't be shown via 9Now. For clashes such as India vs Sri Lanka or England vs South Africa, you will need a subscription service.
Stream Women's T20 World Cup on Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports has access to all 23 matches of the Women's T20 World Cup, ad-free and in HD. While this tournament is going Kayo will also have the South Africa vs Australia T20 series. Cricket is one of more than 50 sports available on the streaming platform.
Kayo also has a huge range of special features unmatched by any other broadcaster. SplitView allows you to watch up to four sports or matches at the same time. If you aren't able to catch full games live, you can view them on demand or watch Kayo Minis, a condensed version of highlights available shortly after events have completed.
If you are yet to try Kayo, you can watch almost the entire World Cup for free using its 14-day free trial. After that subscriptions are just $25/month for a Basic subscription, where you can watch games on 2 screens or devices. The Premium option is $10 more per month and lets you watch on 3 screens.
Kayo is compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast and AirPlay.
Watch Women's T20 World Cup on Foxtel iQ
Fox Sports will be showing every game of the Women's World Cup live on FOX CRICKET and FOX CRICKET HD. Like Kayo Sports, games are also ad-free. But it is significantly more expensive to sign up to Foxtel.
You need to sign up to the Sports HD pack for $25/month and the Foxtel Plus package for a further $49/month. That blows the monthly bill out to $74/month. Foxtel is the only broadcaster in Australia that currently offers users access to 4K sports content which is a bonus.
You may also find that you're up for some potential installation costs, though Foxtel iQ deals are also regularly available.
Live stream 2020 Women's T20 World Cup via Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now is the pay TV giant's digital streaming service. You have to subscribe to the Essentials pack on top of the Sport pack, which costs $54/month in total. So it's cheaper than Foxtel iQ, but still more than double the price of Kayo Sports.
How does the Women's T20 World Cup work?
The top 8 teams from the previous T20 World Cup in 2018 qualify for the 2020 edition. The final two spots are then determined via an eight-team qualifying tournament.
The 10 teams are split into 2 groups of 5. Each team faces the other four nations in their group. The top two teams in each group after the round robin matches qualify for the semi-finals. The two winners of the single semi-final matches then meet in the final.
Women's T20 World Cup schedule
For all the group matches and the schedule for the semi-finals and final, check out our Women's T20 World Cup schedule here. It includes dates, venues, starting times and broadcasters for every match of the tournament.
Women's T20 World Cup groups
Group A: Australia, India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
Group B: England, South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan, Thailand
History of the Women's T20 World Cup
There have been 7 Women's T20 World Cups held since the inaugural tournament in 2009. England beat New Zealand in the first ever final in London. But since then the tournament has been absolutely owned by Australia.
Claiming 3 straight titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014, the Aussies then lost the 2016 decider to the West Indies. But they gained plenty of revenge by taking out the 2018 edition in the West Indies. They would have relished knocking off the hosts in the semi-final before thrashing England by eight wickets in the final to secure yet another title.
Who will win the Women's T20 World Cup?
We won't be handing out prizes for anyone that guesses our prediction here. How could we opt for anything but another Australian win on home soil? This Australian team is built on pride in its performances and will be keen to quickly show those recent defeats were a rare and momentary blip. But they will need to be on their toes in their opening match against a hungry Indian side.
Who will they meet in the final in front of a possible world record crowd at the MCG? England and New Zealand will fancy their chances. But we'll opt for India to go one better than their 3 semi-final appearances in T20 World Cups to date and set up that mouth-watering decider, perhaps in front of nearly 100,000 fans.
Image source: Kayo Sports website
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