Kolkata: In a nail-biting semi-final clash at the iconic Eden Gardens, Australia emerged victorious against South Africa, setting the stage for an electrifying 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup final against India.
Travis Head played a crucial role, top-scoring with 62 runs, supported by key contributions from Steven Smith (30), Josh Inglis (28), Mitchell Starc (16 not out), and captain Pat Cummins (14 not out). Their combined efforts thwarted the valiant challenge posed by South Africa, propelling Australia into their eighth Men’s ODI World Cup final.
The thrilling encounter, witnessed by nearly 50,000 fans, saw South Africa’s spinners creating tense moments, posing numerous questions for the Australian batsmen. However, lapses in fielding and strategic field placements cost South Africa dearly, leading to yet another semi-final heartbreak for the Proteas.
Australia’s victory sets the stage for an epic final against India, creating a sense of déjà vu reminiscent of the 2003 edition finale. Cricket enthusiasts around the world are now eagerly anticipating the showdown between these cricketing giants to determine the 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup champion.