KOLKATA: Australia Secures World Cup Final Spot with 3-Wicket Win Over South Africa at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on November 13.
Facing a wicket-taking spree at regular intervals, Australia managed to tiptoe ahead of South Africa in the second semi-final of the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023 at the lively Eden Gardens in Kolkata, earning themselves a golden ticket to the final showdown in South Africa.
David Miller’s century propelled South Africa to a somewhat modest 212 runs on the scoreboard. The dynamic trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood, and skipper Pat Cummins wreaked havoc with the ball for Australia.
All this unfolded after the toss was won by South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma, who, feeling all captain-like, opted to bat against the mighty Australians.
In a cricketing saga full of twists, the Aussie captain stylishly clinches the winning runs, guiding his team to an eighth World Cup final.
This match served up a rollercoaster of emotions, pushing Australia to the brink, but true to their resilient nature, they absorbed the pressure, shaking off the ghosts of the 2019 semi-finals.
The cricket chronicles unfold – 1992, 1999, 2007, 2015, and now 2023 – as the Proteas, despite their remarkable semifinal appearances since 1992, once again stumble, leaving the elusive dream of a maiden final just that – a dream.