South Africa vs Australia Semi-Final will be one of the blockbuster matches in the ICC World Cup 2023, as both teams are the favorites to win the tournament, but both teams had quite different results from their first match of the World Cup.
Australia looks like a champion team after losing their first two league stage matches. They won every match after that and are now the 2nd favorite to win the tournament. Still, for the first, they have to go up against the South African team who defeated them in the league stage match by a massive margin of 134, but since that defeat, they are looking tough to beat as most of their players started to perform well.
In the last World Cup, Australia lost against England in the semi-final, and it is not going ot be an easy task for Australia to take on the in-form South Africa team, who are batting tremendously well in the format, scoring 4+ 350 total while batting first but batting second does cause them to face tough challenge.
Pat Cummins was happy with the team’s effort, and it will be hard for him to select the top 11 for the World Cup semi-final. Glenn Maxwell, who secured Australia’s place in the World Cup, will be coming back in the next match against South Africa after scoring a double century match-winning knock with one leg.
The South African side needs to keep up their high spirit as the last time they went in the semi-final was in the 2015 World Cup when they lost against New Zealand, even though they had the upper hand in that match because of the pressure their player showed the worst fielding performance ever.
South Africa has been the 2nd best team in the World Cup after India because they lost two matches in the World Cup. Still, in the last match against Afghanistan, they showed an outstanding performance to keep their spirit high, and they will have the mental advantage of winning against Australia in the group stage.
When and Where To Watch South Africa vs Australia 2nd Semi-Final ICC World Cup 2023 Match
|Match||South Africa vs Australia Semi-Final 2nd ICC World Cup Match, 2023|
|Date & Time||November 16th, 2023, Saturday, 2:00 PM IST|
|Venue||Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|Where to Watch||Disney Hotstar|
Player Injury Report For South Africa vs Australia 2nd Semi-Final ICC World Cup Match
There is still a bit of niggle issue with Rabada and Stonis, but they all are fit to play in the next match.
South Africa vs Australia Head-to-Head ODI Record
|South Africa Won||55|
Weather Conditions For South Africa vs Australia 2nd Semi-Final ICC World Cup Match
The Weather will be clear, and there is no chance of rain, which is going to give fans big smiles because they will be able to see the whole match. There is a chance of some dew in the night.
Pitch Report of Eden Gardens, Kolkata In the South Africa vs Australia 2nd Semi-Final Match On November 16th, 2023
|Match Played||39 Matches|
|Batting first won||23 Matches won|
|Batting second won||15 Matches won|
|Average 1st innings scores||244 Runs|
|Highest Team innings total||404/5 by IND|
|Lowest Team innings total||63/10 by INDW|
Eden Gardens Pitch in the last match was quite dry, which gripped the ball during the day and helped the spinners to take wickets from it, but in the night, there was quite a dew on the field, which helped Pakistan play their shot, but still, England bowlers got some movement from the surface in the initial phase.
Team Preview Australia
The Australian team will be heading in the next match against South Africa with their fully fit squad and can defeat this team to take revenge for their defeat in the league stage match. The batting unit still seems not entirely settled, as the middle order has not been performing well together as the unit.
Important players for the Australia Team in the match against the South Africa team
1- Glenn Maxwell will be coming back after playing the best innings in the ODI cricket ever against Afghanistan, scoring a double century while being injured. He was mind-blowing in the last match as he hitted sixes while staying still in one place and playing some unexpected shots by moving his wrist only. However, in the last match against South Africa, he got out on just three runs after being trouble playing by the bowlers of South Africa.
2- Mitchell Marsh was outstanding in the last match against Bangladesh, scoring 177 runs in just 132 balls, making him a real threat in the next match against South Africa. However, he does not have a good record against South Africa, but he will try to change it.
3- Marnus Labuschagne has not been given as much credit in the World Cup as it should be because he is not an explosive batter, but still, he has been scoring in most matches. In the last match against South Africa, he was the top scorer in the Australian side, scoring 46 runs, and had an average of 59.75.
Team Preview Of South Africa
South Africa is one of the strongest teams in the World Cup, and when they batted first, they showed their batting unit can put 350+ score easily. Still, the problem they are facing is batting second, which can be one of the most important things to see if they are able to chase the total against a top side like Australia.
Important players for the South Africa Team in the match against the Australia Team
1- Aiden Markram has not performed exceptionally well in the last 3 matches as he scored only 40 runs, but he did score 396 runs in 9 matches with an average of 49.50, and in the last two matches, he scored to bowl to which can be crucial against Australia left-hand batters.
2- Quinton de Kock needs to give his best performance in the next match against Australia, or maybe the same performance that he gave against them in the league stage, scoring a century, but it will not be easy for him this time.
3- Kagiso Rabada has not been at his best in the World Cup, but he can surprise everyone in the next match, which needs tough players to show their character, and in the last match against Australia, he did pick three wickets.
South Africa vs Australia 2nd Semi-Final: Probable Playing 11 of South Africa
David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Cameron Green, Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
South Africa vs Australia 2nd Semi-Final: Probable Playing 11 of Australia
Quinton de Kock(w), Temba Bavuma(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada
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