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Thursday, November 16, 2023
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Reuters

Australia edge South Africa to play India in World Cup final

Aussies named second finalist in ICC's showpiece event in India

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Reuters
Australia´s Marnus Labuschagne plays a shot during the 2023 ICC Men´s Cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) second semi-final match between Australia and South Africa at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 16, 2023. — AFP
Australia´s Marnus Labuschagne plays a shot during the 2023 ICC Men´s Cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) second semi-final match between Australia and South Africa at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 16, 2023. — AFP 

  • Australia bowl out South Africa for below-par 212. 
  • Aussies seal their place in final following nervy victory over Proteas.
  • South Africa prevent big partnerships from Australia bloom.


KOLKATA: Australia sealed their place in Sunday's final of the 50-over World Cup against India following a nervy three-wicket victory against South Africa in the second semi-final on Thursday.

Australia bowled out South Africa for a below-par 212 despite David Miller's defiant 101 but the chase was not as straightforward as Pat Cummins and his team would have liked.

Travis Head (62) led Australia's rollicking start before a mid-innings wobble put the five-time champions in a spot of bother.

South Africa did not let big partnerships bloom but Australia eventually reached the target with 16 balls to spare with Steve Smith (30) and Jos Inglis (28) providing useful cameos.

Earlier, Temba Bavuma's decision to bat under an overcast sky backfired and South Africa slumped to 24-4 inside 12 overs before light rain held up play.

Miller and Heinrich Klaasen (47) arrested the slide after play resumed with a 95-run partnership but Head's double strike put Australia back in charge.

Miller smashed Cummins for a six to bring up his hundred but fell in the same over trying to clear the rope again.

India beat New Zealand in the first semi-final on Wednesday to book their place in the final in Ahmedabad.