Australia secured their spot in the 2023 World Cup final with a thrilling three-wicket victory over South Africa at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.
Chasing target of 213 runs, Aussies encountered resistance from the Proteas’ bowlers, but their lower order held firm to clinch the crucial win.
Travis Head and David Warner set a blistering pace, swiftly reaching 60/0 in the first six overs. However, South Africa’s spinners disrupted Australia’s rhythm, leading to Warner’s departure for 29 and a spectacular catch by Rassie van der Dussen to dismiss Mitchell Marsh without a run.
Despite setbacks with Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, and Glenn Maxwell falling quickly, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc sailed the ship, guiding Australia to victory.
In the Proteas’ innings, Australia’s bowlers dominated, restricting South Africa to 212 all out. Mitchell Starc dismissed Temba Bavuma for a duck in the opening over, and further strikes from Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc limited South Africa’s progress.
Although Heinrich Klaasen fought with a solid 47 and David Miller’s century added impetus, lack of support from other batsmen hindered South Africa’s total.
Kangroo’s win sets up a final clash against India on November 19. This victory, following historical World Cup moments, adds to the narrative of Australia’s resilience and South Africa’s persistent World Cup challenges.
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