Australia VS South Africa CWC19 Match 45 Result
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first in the 45th match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Australia will face England in the World Cup semi-finals after a dramatic 10 runs defeat to South Africa. David Warner played his first game against South Africa after a year with his third hundred World Cup. But that was not enough to prevent Australia from suffering their second defeat of the phase groups of 10 teams.
Australia, who had already qualified for the semi-finals, failed to clinch first place after India took pole position after beating Sri Lanka on Saturday. If Australia had won, they would have faced fourth-ranked New Zealand in the first semi-final. But instead, they will face England in the second semi-final.
Warner and Alex Carey helped Australia to a tight target of 326 in a 108-game partnership for the fifth wicket. Faf du Plessis, captain of South Africa, made the 100 and Rassie van der Dussen broke his career record with a record of 95 out of a total of 325-6. Australia struggled 119 to four and Warner could only watch as the wickets fell early against a Proteas team whose semi-final hopes had long since disappeared
Finch, Warner’s first partner, scored three runs when he hit Imran Tahir for a short cover, triggering a typically exuberant celebration of the pitcher. Steve Smith lost lbw to Dwaine Pretorius for seven runs. But Warner held on, beating 600 points for the tournament, his last century going back to 100 balls when he beat Chris Morris for his 12th. Carey, however, threw Tahir for six in his career-best game, ODI, before the end of his 69 innings of balls when he sculpted Morris at Aiden Markram for cover. Khawaja helped the goal to reach 25 of 12 balls before Kagiso Rabada threw the ball at 18. And with 11 needed for two balls, the last man, Nathan Lyon, lost to Markram.
Previously, Mitchell Starc had equaled the record of 26 wickets at the World Cup, set during the 2007 Caribbean competition, with a 2-59 comeback. Markram, 33, opened the match after South African veteran Hashim Amla was ruled out after a knee injury during a warm-up on Friday, and Quinton de Kock (52) set the tone in front of a sunny crowd – a stand of 79.
Du Plessis, who led fast thrower Pat Cummins for a superb six, completed the top 100 of a South African in the 93-ball World Cup. Van der Dussen missed his ODI when trying to hit the last ball of the innings for six.
Man of the Match Award:
Faf Du Plessis was awarded as man of the match award for his hundred.