Australia (AUS) will be against South Africa (SA) in the second semifinal of the ODI World Cup 2023. The match is set to take place in the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on the 16th of November on Thursday. The stadium has witnessed several special moments over the years like the final of the 1987 ODI World Cup, the semifinal of the ODI World Cup 1996, the final of the 2016 T20 World Cup, and many more.
South Africa finished their group stage with the second spot in the points table. Barring the games against Netherlands and India, South Africa won all their matches in the group stage. Opting to bat first and posting huge total on the board seems to be the way Proteas go about their things. On a tricky wicket in Eden Gardens, it needs to be seen how good the batting of South Africa can be, against a good Australian attack.
Australia, on the other hand, did not have the greatest of starts. In their first two matches, Australia lost both their matches and were in deep trouble. Since then, it has been a one-way traffic for Australia, who have won all their matches since then. The winning streak of 7 wins on a row can be challe ged by South Africa in the big match. Australia has won some matches from impossible situations, which would give them a lot of confidence.
AUS vs SA: Match Details
Match: Australia vs South Africa, Semifinal 2 Match, ODI World Cup 2023
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date & Time: Thursday, November 16, 02:00 PM (IST)
Live Streaming Details: Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar
AUS vs SA: Pitch Report
Eden Gardens has been a tricky wicket to bat on in the ongoing tournament. The teams that have won the toss have opted to bat first, given the slow nature of the wicket. Boundaries are bigger and the outfield is quick. But the surface is dry, which assists the spinners well. The Pacers get some extra bounce and seam off the surface. There is not much swing early in the match.
Interestingly, teams batting first have found it easy to score runs. In the last 2 matches, the teams batting first have posted huge totals. India did that against South Africa and England did that against Pakistan. In both matches, the batting sides made the best use of the Powerplay overs and the death overs. In the middle overs, teams have struggled to score runs.
AUS vs SA: Head-to-Head Records
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AUS vs SA: Probable Playing XI
Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins (C), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton De Kock (WK), Rassie Van Der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi
AUS vs SA: Dream 11 Fantasy Teams
Wicketkeeper: Quinton De Kock, Heinrich Klaasen
Batters: David Warner (VC), David Miller, Travis Head
Allrounders: Glenn Maxwell (C), Marcus Stoinis, Marco Jansen
Bowlers: Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Keshav Maharaj
Head to Head
Wicketkeeper: Quinton De Kock (C), Heinrich Klaasen
Batters: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh (VC), Travis Head
Allrounders: Glenn Maxwell, Aiden Markram, Marco Jansen
Bowlers: Adam Zampa, Kagiso Rbada, Gerald Coetzee
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