ICC World Cup 2023, 2nd Semifinal: Australia Beat South Africa By 3 Wickets, Qualify For Final

Australia beat South Africa by three wickets in the second semifinal and qualify for the final of ICC World Cup 2023 in Kolkata.

The final will be played between India and Australia on Sunday in Ahmedabad.

Earlier, South African captain Temba Bavuma won the toss and elected to bat.

Batting first South Africa were bowled out for 212 runs in 49.4 overs.

South Africa were in deep trouble from the start as they lost four wickets for just 24 runs.

Josh Hazlewood got the wickets off Quinton De Kock and Rassie Van Der Dussen while Mitchell Starc took Bavuma and Aiden Markram.

David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen added 95 runs stand for the fifth wicket.

David Miller completed his century and remained top scorer with 101 runs off 116 balls. He smashed five sixes and eight fours in his innings.

Klaasen added 47 runs with the help of four fours and two sixes.

Travis Head provide a crucial break through dismissing Klaasen and Marco Jansen on successive deliveries.

Gerald Coetzee made 19 while Kagiso Rabada added 10 runs.

For Australia, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins bagged three wickets each while Josh Hazlewood and Travis Head took two wickets each.

In reply Australia achieved the 213-run target for the loss of seven wickets in 47.2 overs.

Openers David Warner and Travis Head provide flying start to Aussies. Both added 60 runs stand for the first wicket in just six overs.

Travis Head remained top scorer with 62 runs. He smashed nine fours and two sixes in his innings.

David Warner made 29, hitting four sixes and one four.

Australia wobbled after Travis head's 62 but Steve Smith and Josh Inglis helped the five-time champions reach their target with 16 balls to spare and make their eighth final.

Steven Smith made 30 while Josh Inglis scored 28.

Mitchell Starc hit unbeaten 16 while Pat Cummins made 14 not out.

For South Africa, Gerald Coetzee and Tabraiz Shamsi bagged two wickets each.

Travis head declared player of the match.

This will be the 8th ODI World Cup final for Australia, who have won the tournament five times.

For South Africa, it was a fifth world cup semi-final defeat. They failed to qualify for the final after reaching the last-four in 1992, 1999, 2007, 2015 and 2019.