Australia secured their spot in the 50-over World Cup final against India with a tense three-wicket win over South Africa in Thursday’s semi-final. Despite a challenging chase, Australia managed to bowl out South Africa for 212, a score influenced by David Miller’s resilient 101.
The Australian team experienced a shaky pursuit of the target. Travis Head kickstarted with a robust 62, but a mid-innings slump momentarily put the five-time champions under pressure. Contributions from Steve Smith (30) and Jos Inglis (28) proved vital as Australia eventually reached the target with 16 balls remaining, despite South Africa’s efforts to thwart significant partnerships.
South Africa’s Early Struggles and Miller’s Standout Performance
South Africa’s initial decision to bat first proved disadvantageous as they quickly fell to 24-4, compounded by a brief rain delay. However, a partnership between Miller and Heinrich Klaasen, who scored 47, brought some stability with a 95-run stand. While Miller achieved a stunning century, his dismissal shortly after marked a turning point, leaving Australia to regain control and ultimately secure their place in the final against India, who defeated New Zealand in the first semi-final.