SA vs AUS (Photo Source: Twitter)
Australia booked a berth in the grand finale of the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023 by defeating South Africa in the second semifinal at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday, November 16. Temba Bavuma, the Proteas’ skipper, won the toss and chose to bat first, but the decision backfired, as they fell for a subpar total of 212 runs without even playing their full quota of 50 overs.
The target seemed to be manageable, as the Australian openers gave a fiery start, scoring 60 runs in just 6 overs. However, the Temba Bavuma-led side bounced back superbly to take the game down to the wire. However, the duo of Mitchell Starc and skipper Pat Cummins ensured that they saw the team through without any further hiccups.
David Miller’s century:
The South African team was in deep trouble, as they lost their four wickets for just 24 runs in the 12th over. However, David Miller stepped up and took the onus upon himself to sail the sinking ship. First, he partnered with Heinrich Klaasen (47 off 48), and then with the lower middle-order to take the score to a decent total. In the process, Miller also completed his century (101 off 116) before Cummins got the better of him.
Travis Head’s all-round show:
When Klaasen and Miller looked settled in the middle, the skipper gave the ball to Travis Head. The off-spinner didn’t disappoint, picking a wicket on his first-ever ball. On the very next ball, Head sent Marco Jansen packing to end his spell with 2/21 in five overs. When it came down to the chase, Head fired from the word ‘go’, and scored boundaries for fun, not allowing the Proteas to settle at all. The southpaw made 62 runs off just 48 balls on a pitch where others struggled to score at a brisk rate. He was rightly adjudged as Player of the Match for his all-round show in the penultimate clash.
Who Said What?
Player of the Match, Travis Head, said