The Proteas took on table toppers Australia who were tipped to win the game with ease. The Proteas proved that they are still a top side and that they aren’t just pushovers. The Proteas spoiled the Aussies party and their fixture in the semi-finals.
Australia Stumble At The Wrong Time
South Africa came into the game on the back of a nightmare World Cup campaign. Playing the table toppers Australia was always going to be an interesting and entertaining one especially since the controversy that occurred between the two nations in their last series. Unfortunately for Australia the Proteas came to play, they beat the Aussies to ruin their knockout fixture against New Zealand. Instead Australia will play against England who have been resurgent of late to get their campaign back on track.
It was always going to be an intense encounter and it showed when South Africa defeated Australia by just 10 runs. The Proteas were sent into bat first and didn’t disappoint. Especially Proteas captain Faf du Plessis who played extremely well on his way to a century. It was without a doubt a captains knock, but he wasn’t alone. Russie van der Dussen also played brilliantly and scored 95, the Proteas put up a tough to beat total of 325 for 6 from their 50 overs.
Warner World Class
Australia never started in great fashion and they lost early wicket to be on a worrying 119 for four. David Warner had something to prove or rather redemption some might say after his scandal against the Proteas. He definitely proved that he is a world class player, he scored a very well played 122 but that didn’t mean that Australia weren’t still in trouble. They continued to lose wickets until the resistance of Alex Carey who scored a quick fire 85. He was dismissed Australia needed 51 from 28 balls and couldn’t regain the momentum to chase down the score. The score proved too much as they could only post 315 all out.
What Next For Australia
Australia will travel to Birmingham to face England in their semi-final and its come at a cost with some key players suffering injuries. Usman Khawaja suffered a hamstring injury and left the field but returned, he could barely run which seems like he’ll miss the next game. Mitchell Starc appeared to be suffering some discomfort while bowling, this is a major issue since his been their key bowler all tournament. Marcus Stoinis also has treatment done on his side while batting but we’ll have to wait and see for further news on their conditions.
History In The Making
To make matters even worse for the Aussies is that they’ve never beaten the hosts at Edgbaston. Australia would’ve been playing a New Zealand side that’s been struggling lately if they had beaten the South Africans but now they’ve put themselves in a predicament.
Knock Out Stage – Finally
It’s now on to the knockout stages as this was the last group game. The semi-finals are going to be two hotly contest games between the four strongest nations. The four remaining nations have proved that they deserve to be where they are by performing all tournament thus far, but now there won’t be any second chances because if you lose then you’re on a flight back home. Australia will have to dig deep and stay confident that they can beat a very strong England side.