ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Date & Time: 06 July 2019
RR: 6.32 | South Africa beat Australia by 10 runs
Right then! The league games have ended at last! It is India vs New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester on Tuesday, 9th July, 2019 while on Thursday, 11th July, 2019, Australia clash with England at Edgbaston. Both games will start at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT) and there is a reserve day for both the games. Join us for the semi-finals. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious South African captain, Faf du Plessis, is back on again. Admits that it is frustrating to have been waiting for so long for the last 5-6 weeks for such a performance. Is happy that the batsmen put runs on the board and the bowlers strutting their stuff, especially with the likes of Rabada getting back to form. On trying to figure what could have happened and what has happened, Faf puts it down to inconsistent cricket. Bluntly says that the team did not play its best cricket and the guys could not quite step up. On Australia bringing out the best in him, Faf smiles and says that he just loves playing Australia. On being asked to tip who could be the eventual winners, Faf says that India will be happy with South Africa's win and looking at New Zealand's form over the last 3 games, he expects an India-England final. On asked further to predict the tournament winner, du Plessis says that normally India and Australia play big games better than the rest, so he would go for one of those to win the final.
Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, says that in spite of the loss, Australia will take some positives in Alex Carey and David Warner's knocks. Admits that with the ball, they were either too full or too short. Praises Markram for taking the new ball advantage away from the Aussies. Adds that one more positive is that they managed to come close in spite of not playing their best cricket. Is tight-lipped on Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis' fitness and says that an assessment will be done only in the morning. Smiles on the fact of meeting England in the semi-final and cheekily says that it will be a blockbuster, with the fans ready to 'welcome' the Aussies.
FAF DU PLESSIS HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. On his individual form, Faf says that he felt that he was hitting the ball well but could not quite get the big scores. Praises both the teams for putting in a splendid show and is happy that he can go home with some smile on his face. Says that today is the best example for youngsters on how to go about stuff if you are struggling. Praises Rassie van der Dussen for showing great maturity and hanging in there. On his cracking straight drive off Pat Cummins, du Plessis chuckles and says that normally he plays that shot to bowlers who bowl in the 130s but today he pulled it off. Is full of praise for the two retiring blokes - Tahir and Duminy - the former always keeping the dressing room in high spirits and the latter being a good role model of sportsmanship.
A good bowling performance by South Africa but they will feel they let it slip in the middle overs after having Australia 4 down. They somehow managed to hold their nerve with Kagiso Rabada picking up 3 wickets Phehlukwayo took 2. But the real effective bowler was Dwaine Pretorius, taking 2 of the biggest scalps - Smith and Warner. Please stay tuned for the presentation.
The duo of Warner and Carey started its innings cautiously but then slowly started to get the runs. They added 108 for the 5th wicket when Warner fell but Carey kept on going. He tried to hang around with the tail but eventually it was too much for him to do.
326 was never going to be easy to chase and the Aussies found that out pretty early. Captain Finch started the rut in the third over itself and then the middle order was blown apart. Usman Khawaja retired hurt as well, which made the chase even difficult. But out of nowhere, Warner found an able partner in Carey.
So the final four are sorted! India finish on top, hence take on New Zealand on Tuesday while Australia meet England on Thursday. But what a match this was. Aggregating 640 runs at an average of 40 per wicket. Almost went down to the wire, although at one stage, it looked like South Africa were all over Australia like a rash.
Is that the end of the game? De Kock seems to be confident that Jason Behrendorff is short. Referred upstairs. Replays show that the big man has used his height to get in.
Andile Phehlukwayo to bowl the final over.
Nathan Lyon is the last man in.
Jason Behrendorff walks in at number 10, replacing Khawaja.
Kagiso Rabada returns. 8-0-42-1 so far. Can he finish things off?
Who is coming out to bat? It is Usman Khawaja. Australia having one last coughing shot. Is there anything still left in the game? The pilot will have to pilot this innings (He is an air force pilot, remember?) No singles, because he cannot run. Just fours and sixes. 9 boundaries should do the job...
Chris Morris is back on. 7-0-43-0 so far.
Mitchell Starc comes in next, at number 8, replacing Cummins.
Andile Phehlukwayo returns. 1-0-10-0 so far.
Tabraiz Shamsi is back on. 7-0-46-0 so far.
POWERPLAY 3 time. 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle now. Imran Tahir returns as well. 7-0-33-1 so far.
Pat Cummins walks in at number 8, replacing Warner.
Dwaine Pretorius is back on. 5-1-27-1 so far.
Kagiso Rabada is back at last. 7-0-36-1 so far. If he can break this partnership, this game is over.
Tabraiz Shamsi is back on. 6-0-30-0 so far.
DRINKS BREAK. Chris Morris returns. 4-0-21-0 so far.
Imran Tahir is back on. 5-0-19-1 so far.
Tabraiz Shamsi is back on. 3-0-11-0 so far.
JP Duminy into the attack.
Alex Carey walks in at number 7, replacing Maxwell.
Kagiso Rabada is back on. 5-0-27-0 so far.
Andile Phehlukwayo to bowl as well.
Tabraiz Shamsi is on.
Glenn Maxwell comes in at number 6, replacing Stoinis.
Is that a run out? Stoinis is the man in question. Seems like he has made it. It is referred upstairs. Wait a minute. Looks like Stoinis is gone!
DRINKS BREAK. Is the chase done and dusted? Warner may not think so. But South Africa are all over Australia. Marcus Stoinis is still having some issues with his hamstring and the physio was having a long chat.
Chris Morris into the attack now.
POWERPLAY 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over, if the match lasts till then.
BREAKING NEWS - India have crushed Sri Lanka in Leeds by 7 wickets to go on top of the table. Looking at the way this game is going, we are going to have an Ashes semi-final...
Marcus Stoinis walks in at number 5, replacing Smith.
Dwaine Pretorius is the first change.
Big moment in the game again. Usman Khawaja is not looking comfortable at all and is stretching his hamstring. In fact, he is WALKING OFF. Steve Smith comes in now.
Something wrong already? Khawaja is getting something bandaged around his left knee or hamstring.
Usman Khawaja walks in at number 3, replacing his skipper.
Kagiso Rabada now. Bowling with the second new ball. Can he make amends for that missed run out?
Welcome back for the chase. The Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch are out in the middle. The South African players have taken their positions. Imran Tahir will start things off to Warner.