The cloudy conditions were good enough for Australia The pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood is going to wreak havoc in the South African batting lineup. Although David Miller weathered the storm by scoring a brilliant 101, South Africa were all out for 212 in 49.4 overs in the second over. world cup semi final That wasn’t the end of the story, however, as Eden showed his fangs during Australia’s reply, giving South Africa spinners Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi enough bite to take a dangerous turn. The pair bowled together from the 14th over. When they finally parted ways in the 30th over, Australia’s score was 98 runs.
156 for two for five.
Ultimately, Australia won by three wickets in the 48th over to reach their eighth final and set up a date with India on Sunday. Despite a valiant fightback, South Africa’s semi-final woes continued.
Australia’s start to the innings was the opposite of South Africa’s as David Warner and Travis Head attacked the Proteas pacers like two-headed dragons and scored 60 runs in six overs. This helped the subsequent batsmen enough to play cautiously.
Head’s 62 runs and his two wickets were the cornerstone of Australia’s victory.
Glenn Maxwell, however, did not play carefully and had to suffer the consequences. He went to play the shot very early and after the Australian player uprooted the stump, Shamsi’s celebration was not ending.
South African captain Temba Bavuma followed the expected rules by electing to bat first. Australia captain Pat Cummins hinted that he would have done the same, saying that given the circumstances it was not a bad deal as there would be something for his bowlers.
As Bavuma learned in Starc’s opening over, that proved to be quite a thing. There was a stir from the word go and Bavuma, who went for a duck, will surely be introspecting whether he should have ignored his “not 100 per cent fit” hamstring.
Starc and Hazlewood together hit hard, due to which in no time South Africa’s score became 24 runs for four wickets. It was the latter’s accuracy at off-stump that caused the most damage. South Africa could only score 18 runs for two wickets in Powerplay 1, which was equivalent to defeating Sri Lanka’s 14 runs for six wickets against India.
Top batsmen Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen were back by the 12th over. It was up to the last recognized batting pair of Miller and Heinrich Klaasen to counter this. And that’s what they did, forcing a 45-minute break at the end of the 14th over due to rain.
Hazlewood was clearly the bowling star with figures of 8-3-12-2. The interruption allowed South Africa to regroup as Miller and Klaasen put up a much-needed fightback to put on a 95-run stand.
The stage was set for Miller to do ‘Maxwell’, and he decided to take on Adam Zampa while the leg spinner had a day off.
Head played the role that Zampa usually does to turn the game upside down again. He put pressure on South Africa by taking two wickets (Klassen and Marco Johnson) in his first over.
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