Australia will play England in a’ blockbuster’ semi-final of the World Cup after Saturday’s ten-run spectacular defeat at Old Trafford against South Africa With his third centuries of World Cup, David Warner marked his first match against South Africa since a 12-month ban on ball-tampering, but it wasn’t enough to avoid Australia’s second group loss.
Australia, which had been eligible for the semi-finals, could not be at the top of the penultimate ball because India took the lead after beating Sri Lanka Saturday previously on. “It is a little frustrating. Davey Warner made a magnificent hundred and Alex Carey played a brilliant knock to get us close, but it was not quite good enough,” Australia captain Aaron Finch said.
Had Australia won, they would have faced fourth-placed New Zealand in the first semi-final at Old Trafford on Tuesday. But instead, they will play resurgent hosts England in the second semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday. “It’s going to be a blockbuster. It doesn’t get much bigger than Australia v England in the World Cup semi-finals,” said Finch, whose side beat England by 64 runs in the group stage.
Du Plessis, who drove fast bowler Pat Cummins for a superb six, completed the first hundred by a South African at this World Cup in 93 balls. Van der Dussen fell short of his maiden ODI hundred when, trying to hit the last ball of the innings for six, he holed out off Cummins.