- Australia’s bowlers shine as they restrict South Africa to 212 in the World Cup 2023 semifinal at Eden Gardens.
- Despite David Miller’s heroic century, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins lead the charge for Australia.
- Australia secure a thrilling 3-wicket victory, earning the right to face unbeaten India in the World Cup final on November 18.
In a riveting encounter at Eden Gardens, Australia clashed with South Africa in the second semifinal of the World Cup 2023. Opting to bat after winning the toss, South Africa, known for their batting prowess in the round-robin stage, faced a formidable Australian bowling attack.
Despite their prior dominance, the Proteas were restricted to 212 in 49.4 overs. David Miller’s valiant century (101) went in vain as the rest of the batting lineup struggled. Heinrich Klaasen contributed 47, but the remaining batters couldn’t make significant impacts.
The Australian bowlers, particularly Mitchell Starc (3 for 34) and Pat Cummins (3 wickets but conceded 51 runs), showcased outstanding performances, with Josh Hazlewood’s 2 for 12 in 8 overs standing out as the highlight of the day.
When Australia came to chase, opener Travis Head set a solid foundation with his 62 runs. Despite decent but sub-50 contributions from the rest of the lineup, Australia secured victory with 16 balls to spare, winning by 3 wickets. South African bowlers, led by Gerald Coetzee and Tabraiz Shamsi with 2 wickets each, gave their best effort. Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, and Aiden Markram also chipped in with one wicket each.
With this triumph, Australia earned the right to face the unbeaten India in the final on November 18 at Narendra Modi Stadium. The clash promises to be an epic showdown between two cricketing giants, and fans are eagerly anticipating the grand finale to determine the world champion of the 2023 Cricket World Cup.
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