Australia and South Africa will be locking horns in the second semi-final of the World Cup in a repeat of the 1999 ODI World Cup. Australia beat South Africa in that clash and went on to emerge as the World Champions. This will be a great opportunity for South Africa to break the knockout hoodoo.
Let’s take a look at 3 players to watch out for in the Australia vs South Africa clash:
Quinton De Kock
The South African opener has made a huge impact on his team in the World Cup. As an opener, he has been one of the flag bearers for South Africa’s fearless batting display. South Africa has put up huge totals, especially in the first innings, which has given them the edge in a lot of the contests in this tournament. He has scored 591 runs in the tournament at an average of 65.66. His performance will be very crucial for the Proteas against a formidable Australian side.
Australia and South Africa will be playing at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Kolkata track has played slow in this World Cup and in those circumstances, Adam Zampa’s role will be very crucial. The leg-spinner has taken 22 wickets in the group stage at an average of 18.90. The Australian spin attack was one of the weakest, coming into the tournament, but Adam Zampa has not let his side feel the lack of a quality spin attack. He can create a huge difference for Australia against a formidable South African batting attack.
The Australian opener has taken the World Cup by storm. He has amassed 499 runs in 9 matches at an average of 55.44. At the top, he has been the difference maker for Australia. The Australian team has not played at the Eden Gardens in this World Cup and David Warner would be instrumental in countering the unfamiliarity quotient. He can take on the tricky bowling attack of Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, and Gerald Coetzee. His firepower in the powerplay would be important to put the South African bowling unit under pressure early in the innings.
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