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Australia prevail in low-scoring game to reach eighth World Cup final

Australia prevailed in a low-scoring game to reach the eighth World Cup final.

 

Australia prevailed in a low-scoring game to reach the eighth World Cup final.

Australia made it to their eighth World Cup final with a hard-earned three-wicket win over South Africa in tricky conditions at the Eden Gardens. Pat Cummins’ side will now take on hosts India in the title clash in Ahmedabad on Sunday. For Temba Bavuma and Co. though, it was again a case of being so near yet so far in a semi-final, the fifth in five attempts that South Africa failed to get past.

David Miller’s sixth ODI Hundred Australia :

David Miller’s sixth ODI hundred took Temba Bavuma’s side to 212 after opting to bat, but defending a below-par total was always going to be a challenge. Australia’s blazing start saw them gnaw away 60 runs out of the target in the first six overs, and it meant that the slowdown and collapse against spin in the middle overs counted for little.

First Power Play:

Perhaps the difference between the sides was in how they batted in the first PowerPlay. While  Africa took 53 balls to hit their first boundary, Australia took only two balls to hit their first boundary. And it came off the bat of Travis Head, the Player of the Match, who finished with 62 off 48, an innings that arguably closed the chase long before it was done. That from Head after he picked the crucial wickets of Heinrich Klaasen and Marco Jansen in the space of two balls.

It was always about bowling out Australia but the half-chances didn’t stick for South Africa. Quinton de Kock failed to hold onto a couple of tough ones behind the stumps but the dropped catch of Head by Reeza Hendricks on 40 is what South Africa will look back on and rue.

The only time South Africa looked in the game was when their spinners were bowling. Aiden Markram.

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