World Cup 2023, 2nd Semi-Final: David Miller Hits Resilient Ton to Drag South Africa To 212 Against Australia
Kolkata: In the 2nd semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2023 at the iconic Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on November 16, South Africa found themselves in a precarious position after being reduced to 24/4 by Australia’s pace bowlers. Opting to bat first despite the looming threat of rain, South Africa’s decision proved challenging as they faced a formidable Australian bowling attack that exploited the overcast conditions.
The early collapse was led by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, who dismissed Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, and Aiden Markram for single-digit scores. Bavuma’s duck, in particular, highlighted the Proteas’ struggles against the Australian bowling attack.
Amidst the early collapse, Heinrich Klaasen provided some much-needed stability with a resilient knock of 47 runs. However, it was David Miller who took centre stage and played a pivotal role in salvaging a respectable total for South Africa. Miller’s impressive innings of 101 runs off 116 balls, featuring eight fours and five sixes, showcased his power-hitting prowess and helped South Africa reach a total of 212 in 49.4 overs.
With the second innings yet to begin, the fate of the match still hangs in the balance. Australia will need to chase down a target of 213 runs to reach the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. The match is evenly poised, and both teams will be hoping for favourable weather conditions in order to play a full second innings.
Brief scores: South Africa: 212 all out in 49.4 overs (David Miller 101, Heinrich Klaasen 47; Pat Cummins 3/51, Mitchell Starc 3/34, Josh Hazlewood 2/12).