Despite a valiant effort from South Africa, a challenging target of 213, coupled with missed opportunities in the field, allowed Australia to emerge victorious in a gripping encounter.
The game began with South Africa encountering early troubles, finding themselves at a mere 24 runs for four wickets within the first 12 overs. It was David Miller’s resilient 101 and Heinrich Klaasen’s contribution of 47 that propelled Temba Bavuma’s side past the 200-run mark.
Australia’s run chase started aggressively, with a rapid 60 runs in the initial 6 overs. However, the quick dismissals of David Warner and Mitchell Marsh slowed down the Australian innings. While opener Travis Head notched an impressive 62 in 48 balls, his departure in the 15th over prompted a more cautious approach from the Australian batters.
Despite South Africa consistently taking wickets, their chances were marred by several dropped catches, contributing to Australia’s gradual resurgence. The turning point came as the Australian tail, led by Mitchell Starc (16*) and Pat Cummins (14*), orchestrated a crucial partnership of 22 runs for the eighth wicket, securing the win for Australia.
Criticism swirled around Temba Bavuma’s captaincy, and questions arose about his performance with the bat throughout the World Cup. The debate intensified over missed opportunities and dropped catches, painting a narrative of South Africa once again faltering in a World Cup semi-final.
The stage is now set for a riveting final showdown between five-time World Champions Australia and Rohit Sharma’s India on Sunday, November 19.