SA win shuffles semi-finals line-up

Australia have fallen short of record second-highest World Cup run-chase by 10 runs in their last league stage match against South Africa at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Pretorious celebrates Smith's scalp
Pretorious celebrates Smith’s scalp


An Australian win could’ve meant they stayed in Manchester to face Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand. But a loss in dead-rubber has seen them facing Ashes rivals England at Edgbaston.

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Chasing 326 in quest to retain top spot on the points table, Australian top-order suffered big blow with losing wickets and having Usman Khawaja retired hurt early in the innings. Steve Smith was yet to fire in this World Cup.

David Warner and Alex Carey helped Australia recover with 108-run partnership. Warner was in sublime form with his third ton in the tournament, making 122 runs off 117 balls including 15 fours and 2 sixes. Carey kept the Aussies in the game until he fell to Chris Morris in the deep scoring 69-ball 85 runs.

Khawaja couldn’t do much after returning to batting. Australia were bowled out for 315 runs in 49.5 overs to give South Africa a consolation win. South Africa finished up with with 7 points, surpassing Bangladesh on net run rate to be seventh on the table.

Kagiso Rabada bagged three wickets for 56 runs. Imran Tahir got the only wicket of Aaron Finch in his possible last ODI.

Winning the toss, South Africa made 325/5. Hashim Amla was left out as opening stand of Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock put on 79 runs in 11.3 overs. de Kock was back in the runs with 51-ball 52.

Skipper Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen added 151 runs for the third wicket. du Plessis scored South Africa’s first hundred of the tournament, 94-ball 100. van der Dussen made impressive 95 off 97 balls.

Brief scores:

South Africa 325/6 in 50 overs (du Plessis 100, vd Dussen 95, de Kock 52; Lyon 2/53)

Australia 315/10 in 49.5 overs (Warner 122, Carey 85; Rabada 3/56, Phehlukwayo 2/22)

South Africa won by 10 runs

Man of the Match: Faf du Plessis

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