South Africa will face Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semi-final match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. South Africa’s campaign was marked by prowess, with only a hiccup against the Netherlands and a significant loss to India. Despite their supremacy, they are susceptible to chasing. Navigating this hurdle becomes critical when they enter the knockout phase, highlighting the importance of strategic restraint while chasing for victory.
In the world of World Cup cricket, dismissing Australia is a severe mistake, and the saying holds true. Following two defeats, they were written off by many, but they’ve staged a miraculous comeback with seven consecutive victories, catapulting them into the semi-finals. The momentum is clear; Australia is undeniably ensconced in a zone of fearsome form, demonstrating once again their potential for compelling turnarounds on the grand stage.
ICC World Cup 2023 2nd Semi Final Match, South Africa vs Australia
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date & Time: Thursday, 16 November, 02:00 PM IST
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Pitch Report: The Eden Gardens pitch, which has a slow deceleration, benefits early batting but gradually loses its velocity. Spinners become increasingly important as the innings continue, taking advantage of the surface’s grip. When faced with a less responsive ball, seamers resort to cutters at the end. With more ball movement and a more difficult batting surface, chasing becomes a hard endeavour under the lights. Regardless of early advantage, the pitch dynamics necessitate strategic agility for success in both batting and bowling.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (WK), Temba Bavuma (C), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Gerald Coetzee
Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis (WK), Pat Cummins (C), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa