In the highly anticipated second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, South Africa and Australia clashed in a battle for a spot in the final.

South Africa Innings

Opting to bat after winning the toss, South Africa faced early setbacks with Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma departing quickly. Rassie van der Dussen struggled to find his rhythm, contributing only 6 runs. However, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller steadied the ship with a valuable partnership. Miller, in particular, played a stellar knock, notching up an impressive century, scoring 101 runs off 116 deliveries. The lower order added some crucial runs, but Australia’s bowling attack, led by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, managed to restrict South Africa to a total of 212 in 49.4 overs.

Australia Innings

In pursuit of the target, Australia faced early challenges as South African bowlers struck at regular intervals. Travis Head emerged as the standout performer for Australia, showcasing a brilliant innings of 62 runs off 48 deliveries. Despite wickets falling at the other end, Head’s composed knock guided Australia towards the target. Contributions from David Warner, Steve Smith and Josh Inglis supported the chase. In the end, Australia secured a hard-fought victory, reaching 215/7 in 47.2 overs.

Man of the Match

Travis Head’s exceptional batting performance earned him the well-deserved Player of the Match award.

With this win, Australia booked their place in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, setting the stage for a thrilling showdown against India on Sunday, November 19.

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