In the competition’s second semi-final, which takes place at Eden Gardens on Thursday, Australia plays South Africa for a spot in Sunday’s 2023 Cricket World Cup Winner. Throughout the group stage, both sides had seven wins and two losses; South Africa’s losses were against India and the Netherlands. In their first two matches, South Africa and India defeated Australia. Kolkata’s semi-final kicks off at 14:00 local time.
Australia has emerged as one of the competition’s most outstanding teams in recent weeks, following a difficult start. They appear to be a much stronger team currently, despite being soundly defeated by South Africa in Match 10. They should be able to make it to the final if they perform to the best of their abilities.
After losing in the semifinals of the Cricket World Cup in 1992, 1999, 2007, and 2015, South Africa has never advanced to the championship match. But they have a great bunch of players that fit this format perfectly, and there is a great chance for the team to make history.
In the 2023 Cricket World Cup, the team batting first has won three of the four matches played at this location; furthermore, nine of the previous 11 One-Day Internationals have been won by this side. Therefore, if either club wins the toss before this semi-final, we predict that they will both opt to bat first.
The weather for this Thursday’s game in Kolkata is predicted to be exceedingly humid. There is now a risk of thunderstorms, and the temperature will be in the mid-to-high 20s.
This is obviously a good batting pitch because England hit 337/9 in the previous match at Eden Gardens, even with a nervous batting lineup. Given both sides’ deep batting lineups, we predict a par total of about 380.
South Africa Preview:
Before this game, there are injury concerns for opening batter and skipper Temba Bavuma, as well as opening bowler Lungi Ngidi. Both are currently likely to play after taking knocks against Afghanistan. Andile Phehlukwayo impressed after being called up, but we expect him to be benched for this game.
South Africa Squad Predicted:
Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c) /Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram , Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Gerald Coetzee, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi/Tabraiz Shamsi
Australia rested two players before of their last group stage match, with Steve Smith and Sean Abbott replacing Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell. We anticipate that the best team will be chosen for this game, which means that Starc and Maxwell will return.
Australia Squad Predicted
Travis Head, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (c), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc
South Africa vs Australia Prediction:
Australia rested two players for their last group stage match, with Steve Smith and Sean Abbott replacing Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell. We anticipate that the best team will be chosen for this game, implying that Starc and Maxwell will return.