South Africa vs Australia Live Score Updates, 2nd Semi-Final: SA vs AUS, Can Bavuma get rid of ‘chokers’ tag?

South Africa vs Australia Live Score Updates, 2nd Semi-Final: SA vs AUS, Pat Cummins led Australia take on a strong South African side at the historic Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata. 

Australia have made a remarkable comeback in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 after a shaky start with thrashings against India and South Africa in the first two games of the season. However, in a remarkable effort, the Aussies won 7 out of their next 7 games, some with ease others with sheer grit like the innings by Glen Maxwell against Afghanistan, to quaify for the semi-finals. 

In what would have been a huge relief for Kangaroo skipper Pat Cummins, the Aussies managed to chase down 307 run total against Bangladesh with relative ease in just around 44 overs. Coming on the back off a batting collapse againt Afghanistan, the valiant batting effort led by Mitchell Marsh has made the Aussies look at their formidable best ahead of the 2nd semi-final on the tournament. 

South Africa, on the other hand, has looked a completely different side this world cup and have only been defeated twice in the tournament so far, once against Netherlands and the other time against hosts India. The Proteas have played fearless cricket right from the start with Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma setting the tone for the innings while middle order batters like Rassie Van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller take the innings to completion. 

The bowling lineup by Proteas has also looked world class led by Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi. Meanwhile, others like Keshav Maharaj, Gerald Coetzee and Marco Jansen have been crucial in the middle overs.

South Africa and Australia squads:

Australia squad: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.

South Africa squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams.

16 Nov 2023, 09:45:54 AM IST

South Africa vs Australia Live: Position on points table

South Africa vs Australia Live: South Africa finished second in the group stage and won 7 out of 9 played in the league. They had 14 points with a net run rate (NRR) of (+)1.261.

Sitting in the third position are Australia with the same points as the Proteas, but a lesser NRR of (+)0.841. But, with the semi-final being a knockout match, the NRR will only come into play in case the match is abandoned by any chance, and the team with the better NRR will proceed to the final.

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