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Temba Bavuma likely to miss World Cup 2023 semifinal

Temba Bavuma likely to miss World Cup 2023 semifinal

  • South Africa’s captain, Temba Bavuma, is uncertain for the semifinal against Australia due to a hamstring injury sustained in the match against Afghanistan.
  • Bavuma, eager for runs, continued to play despite discomfort, contributing 11 singles in his innings.
  • If Bavuma is unavailable, Aiden Markram will captain, and Reeza Hendricks will open the batting for South Africa.

South Africa’s captain, Temba Bavuma, faces uncertainty ahead of the semifinal clash against Australia due to a hamstring injury sustained during the final league match against Afghanistan. Bavuma left the field early in the first innings but returned to continue playing despite evident discomfort, particularly while fielding.

During the match, Bavuma’s determination to contribute with the bat was apparent as he opened alongside Quinton de Kock. With a World Cup high score of 35 before this game, Bavuma sought an opportunity to spend valuable time in the middle. Despite a cautious approach, he managed to run 11 singles during his time at the crease.

A notable moment of hesitation occurred when Bavuma played Mohammad Nabi to square leg, causing a brief indecision between the batsmen. Fortunately, a quick pick-up by Noor Ahmed led to a throw to de Kock’s end, allowing Bavuma to reach safely.

Bavuma and de Kock’s partnership of 57 runs in the Powerplay showcased their solid start, marked by an unusually long hug to celebrate their half-century stand. However, Bavuma’s innings came to an end in the 11th over when he top-edged a pull shot straight to Rahmanullah Gurbaz at deep square leg.

In the event that Bavuma is unable to participate in the semi-final, Aiden Markram is poised to lead South Africa, a role he previously assumed in Bavuma’s absence during the games against England and Bangladesh.

Additionally, Reeza Hendricks would step up to open the batting in Bavuma’s place, adding a layer of uncertainty to South Africa’s lineup for the crucial encounter. The team will closely monitor Bavuma’s fitness and make strategic decisions based on his availability for the pivotal match against Australia.

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