Aus vs Sa Semis Match: Today is the second semi-final match of the ODI World Cup 2023 between South Africa and Australia. The match will begin at 2 p.m. at Eden Gardens. It remains to be seen whether South Africa, who has lost four semi-finals in a row, can rewrite the fifth edition’s history. Australia, a five-time champion, is determined to make the final once more.
India defeated New Zealand in the ODI World Cup 2023 final, becoming the tournament’s first team to do so. However, Team India’s opponent will be revealed today. The second semi-final match between Australia and South Africa will take place today at Eden Gardens. This battle between two equals is sure to be exciting.
Aus vs Sa Semis Match
Both teams have played 9 matches in this tournament, winning 7 of them and securing the second and third positions in the points table. Despite the changing generations, South Africa has struggled with the pressure of knockout matches. Today, they aim to rewrite history by overcoming this weakness. South Africa has reached the semi-finals four times before, in 1992, 1999, 2007, and 2015, but fell short each time. This tournament presents an opportunity to change that narrative. The team’s batting unit, featuring Quinton de Kock, van der Dusen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, and David Miller, is in good form. The bowling team, led by Lungi Engidi, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, and Coetzee, poses a challenge for the Australian batsmen.
Australia, a five-time champion, faced two consecutive defeats at the start but made a comeback with seven consecutive wins to reach the semis. However, the team is concerned about the inconsistency in the batting lineup despite some standout performances, like Maxwell’s double century against Afghanistan and Mitchell Marsh’s significant century in the last match. The bowling attack, featuring Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood, and Zampa, has been impressive.
In the history of ODI matches, Australia and South Africa have faced each other 109 times, with South Africa winning 55 matches, Australia winning 50, three matches ending in a tie, and one inconclusive. In ODI World Cups, they’ve met seven times, each winning three times, and one match ending in a tie. South Africa won both matches against Australia at the end of previous tournaments.
The pitch at Eden Gardens favors batting, but bowlers have also found success in this tournament. Rain may disrupt the match, and in such a case, the reserve day on Friday will be utilized. If there’s still no result, South Africa, in a better position in the points table, might advance.
South Africa final squads Predicted
Temba Bavuma (capt), Quinton de Kock, Rasi van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Johnson, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi
Australia: Travis Head, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Joshi Inglis, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (captain), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood