In a crucial match at the historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Australia, led by Pat Cummins, is scheduled to face a strong South African team at 2 pm today. The outcome of this pivotal clash will determine the contender against hosts India in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 final in Ahmedabad on November 19. Australia’s journey in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 witnessed a notable turnaround after a shaky start with losses to India and South Africa in their initial two matches. However, the Australian team showcased resilience by winning seven consecutive matches, featuring both comfortable victories and hard-fought battles, including Glen Maxwell’s impactful innings against Afghanistan. This impressive performance secured their place in the semi-finals.


SA vs AUS Live Score Updates

not out 61 46 9 2
b Markram 29 18 1 4
c van der Dussen b Rabada 0 6 0 0
not out 8 13 1 0

In a recent match, Australia efficiently chased down Bangladesh’s total of 307 in just 44 overs, providing a sense of relief for captain Pat Cummins. Following a batting collapse against Afghanistan, a strong batting display, led by Mitchell Marsh, has strengthened Australia’s position heading into the second semi-final. On the other hand, South Africa has presented a distinct side in this World Cup, with only two losses in the tournament against the Netherlands and hosts India. The Proteas have played fearless cricket, with Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma setting the tone at the top of the innings. The middle-order batsmen, including Rassie Van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, and David Miller, have played pivotal roles in guiding the innings. South Africa’s bowling lineup, spearheaded by Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi, is considered world-class. Additionally, players like Keshav Maharaj, Gerald Coetzee, and Marco Jansen have played crucial roles in the middle overs, contributing to the team’s success in the tournament so far.

Australia Playing XI:

  • Pat Cummins (c)
  • Steve Smith
  • Josh Inglis
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Travis Head
  • Marnus Labuschagne
  • Mitch Marsh
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • David Warner
  • Adam Zampa
  • Mitchell Starc

South Africa Playing XI:

  • Temba Bavuma (c)
  • Gerald Coetzee
  • Quinton de Kock
  • Marco Jansen
  • Heinrich Klaasen
  • Keshav Maharaj
  • Aiden Markram
  • David Miller
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Tabraiz Shamsi
  • Rassie van der Dussen

Eden Gardens is renowned for its batsman-friendly pitch, often yielding high scores. However, as the match progresses, the black-soil surface tends to favor spinners with its turning nature. In historical matchups, South Africa has secured victories in four out of five matches at the venue, while Australia has won two out of three. In a pre-match press conference, Temba Bavuma, South Africa’s captain, shared, “Physically I feel alright. Obviously not 100%. So obviously this day becomes important in terms of decisions about tomorrow. I’m quite confident, but I mean, it’s not a unilateral decision that will be made. In a state of mind, obviously a bit nervous about the game. It will be our first semi-final as a team. But I think the feeling is no different I guess from any game that we’ve encountered within the World Cup.”


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