Its India vs Australia in finals , Dominant Australia Secures 8th World Cup Final Spot.

Its India vs Australia in finals of world cup 2023 only because Australia clinched their eighth World Cup final appearance, overcoming South Africa by three wickets. The hard-fought victory sets the stage for a title clash against hosts India in Ahmedabad this Sunday. Despite a formidable effort by Temba Bavuma’s team, it marks South Africa’s fifth unsuccessful attempt to advance beyond the semi-finals.

Its India vs Australia in finals , Dominant Australia Secures 8th World Cup Final Spot.
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India vs Australia in finals

Australia cornered South Africa in 2nd semi-final with a win by 3 wickets and Australia directly got their confirmed tickets to finals of ICC world cup 2023 where the host nation will take on the Australia. Australia’s victory over South Africa was not a easy one where first Africa struggle in heir batting and later on Australia but eventually Aussies crossed the line

Miller’s Heroics Propel South Africa to 212

Opting to bat, Temba Bavuma’s side reached a total of 212, with David Miller contributing a stellar sixth ODI century. However, defending this below-par score posed a significant challenge. Australia’s aggressive start, securing 60 runs in the first six overs, rendered South Africa’s mid-innings spin slowdown less impactful. Captain Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc’s composed partnership in the final overs ensured Australia’s successful chase.

Head’s Prowess Sets the Tone

The pivotal factor in Australia’s dominant performance was their approach in the first PowerPlay. Travis Head, awarded the Player of the Match, set the tone by hitting the first boundary after only two balls, in stark contrast to South Africa’s 53-ball struggle for their initial boundary. Head’s crucial innings, coupled with his key wickets of Heinrich Klaasen and Marco Jansen, played a significant role in sealing the victory.

Spinners Give South Africa a Glimpse of Hope

South Africa’s spinners briefly brought them back into contention. Aiden Markram and Keshav Maharaj made crucial breakthroughs, dismissing David Warner and Travis Head, respectively. Tabraiz Shamsi and Maharaj’s quiet overs after Head’s dismissal led to the fall of Marnus Labuschagne and Glenn Maxwell, bringing the score to 137/5.

Missed Opportunities and Miller’s Brilliance

South Africa’s chances hinged on dismissing Australia, but missed opportunities, including the dropped catch of Head by Reeza Henrdicks, proved costly. Despite Gerald Coetzee’s efforts in picking Steve Smith and Josh Inglis, South Africa’s modest total hindered their chances. Miller’s extraordinary innings, especially after being 24/4, showcased his exceptional batting under challenging conditions.

New Ball Dominance by Hazlewood and Starc

Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood’s exceptional performance with the new ball created difficulties for South Africa as they were just bowling on perfect line and length and rest this eden garden pitch helping them to bowl exceptionally well . Hazlewood’s early spell of 6-1-12-2, including the crucial wickets of de Kock and van der Dussen, set the tone. Starc complemented with 2 for 18 in his first spell, maintaining tight lines and lengths, restricting South Africa to 18/2 at the end of the first 10 overs.

Miller-Klaasen Partnership and Head’s Intervention

The partnership between Miller and Klaasen, amassing 95 runs, provided South Africa some respite. However, Travis Head’s two quick wickets in his first over disrupted their stability. Head’s accurate and slow bowling accounted for Klaasen and Jansen, showcasing the challenging and unpredictable conditions in Kolkata.

Miller’s Century and Australia’s Victory

David Miller’s remarkable century, featuring eight fours and five sixes, anchored South Africa’s innings. Despite a valiant effort, Miller’s dismissal while attempting a pull shot off Pat Cummins’ short ball marked a turning point. Australia’s adept bowling and strategic approach secured the hard-earned three-wicket victory, setting the stage for a thrilling World Cup final against India.

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