South Africa once again fell short of making it to the final of the ODI World Cup 2023 as they lost by 3 wickets in the second semi-final of the tournament against South Africa. The Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma won the toss and decided to bat first; batting first, South Africa could post a low total of 212 runs in 49.4 overs courtesy of David Miller’s crucial 101-run century.
The Australian bowlers completely dominated the South African batting attack at the beginning of the first innings during the first powerplay. Proteas lost their 4 wickets just at the score of 24 runs before David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen stitched a 95-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Skipper Pat Cummins and the veteran pacer Mitchell Starc scalped 3 wickets each for Australia, alongside two wickets each by Josh Hazlewood and Travis Head.
While chasing the target, the Aussies got a brilliant start of 60 runs for the first wicket from the opening pair of David Warner and Travis Head as the latter played a crucial knock of 62 runs off 48 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes.
Australia survived the South African bowling to register narrow win:
However, Australia lost a few wickets in quick succession while chasing the target of 213 runs but eventually, they comfortably crossed the line in 47.2 overs, scoring 215 runs for the loss of 7 wickets and won the match by a narrow margin of 3 wickets.
Gerald Coetzee and Keshav Maharaj scalped two wickets each for South Africa while defending the target, alongside one wicket each picked by Kagiso Rabada, Aiden Markram, and Keshav Maharaj.
However, Australia managed to march to the final of the ODI World Cup for the eighth time in the history of the tournament. Now, they will lock horns with India in the summit clash of the ongoing edition of the ODI World Cup at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, November 19.
Here’s how fans reacted to Australia’s win against South Africa in 2nd semi-final:
South Africa in World Cup Knockouts:— VINEETH𓃵🦖 (@sololoveee) November 16, 2023
Lost Semi in 1992 WC.
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Lost Quarterfinal in 2011 WC.
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Lost Semifinal in 2023 WC.#SAvsAUS