Australia secured a three-wicket victory against South Africa in the World Cup 2nd Semi-Final, setting up the final showdown against India.
In the first innings of the Australia Vs. South Africa semi-final clash, Australia’s fierce bowling early on saw South Africa struggle, losing their top order quickly with just 22 runs in 11 overs and three wickets down, including Quinton de Kock. Josh Hazlewood’s dismissal of Rassie van der Dussen added to their woes. David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen’s partnership steadied the innings, but rain interrupted the game at 44/4 in 14 overs.
Resuming later, Miller and Klaasen’s stand reached 95 before Travis Head’s double breakthroughs tilted the game toward Australia. Gerald Coetzee supported Miller, adding 53 runs. Miller’s gritty century lifted South Africa to 212 before his dismissal, ending their innings in the final over.
In response, Australia gained an early advantage with a strong opening. Aiden Markram and Kagiso Rabada’s breakthroughs offered hope, while spinners Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi built pressure, denting Australia’s middle order. Gerald Coetzee’s fiery pace earned vital wickets but missed opportunities and a shaky batting display dashed South Africa’s hopes.
Chasing 213, David Warner and Travis Head’s explosive partnership set the tone. Though Head’s impressive 92 steadied Australia, wickets fell at crucial junctures. Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc’s resilience guided Australia to victory amidst a tense chase, denying South Africa a place in the final.
Last Updated on November 16, 2023
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