Australia Won against Bangladesh. (Photo Source: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
The highly anticipated second semi-final of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is set to take place on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at the iconic Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata, India. Cricket powerhouses South Africa and Australia will lock horns in a thrilling clash to determine who will advance to the final.
The two teams last met in the group stage of the tournament in Lucknow, where South Africa emerged victorious by a convincing margin of 134 runs. Quinton de Kock’s scintillating century (109 off 106 balls) set the tone for the Proteas’ batting dominance, while Kagiso Rabada’s exceptional bowling performance (3/33) and contributions from Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, and Marco Jansen all taking two wickets each further cemented South Africa’s victory.
Both Australia and South Africa will meet in the semi-finals for the third time, the first one in 1999 at Edgbaston being tied and Australia defeated South Africa in 2007 in St Lucia by seven wickets. The winner of this semi-final will progress to the final, where they will face either India or New Zealand. The final will be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19, 2023.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers ahead of Semi-Final-2 between South Africa and Australia in the 2023 World Cup:
Head to Head Records – In 109 matches played between the two teams, South Africa have won 55 games while Australia are on the winning side on 50 occasions. Three matches have ended in ties while one match hasn’t yielded a result. In the World Cup, seven matches have been played between South Africa and Australia. Both teams have won three games each, and one game has been a tie.
6 – Kagiso Rabada (494) needs six wickets to complete 500 wickets in international cricket.
1 – Aiden Markram (49) needs one maximum to complete 50 sixes in ODI cricket.
3 – Travis Head (47) needs three sixes to complete 50 maximums in ODIs.
1 – Marcus Stoinis (49) is one big hit away from reaching 50 maximums in one-day internationals.
2 – Marcus Stoinis (48) also requires two scalps to reach 50 wickets in the 50-over format.
102 – Glenn Maxwell (898) needs 102 runs to complete 1000 runs in the ODI World Cup.
4 – David Warner (296) needs four sixes to complete 300 sixes in international cricket
1 – Lungi Ngidi (199) needs one scalp to get to 200 wickets across formats.
68 – David Miller (932) needs 68 runs to Complete 1000 ODI runs
108 – Glenn Maxwell (3892) needs 108 runs to complete 4000 ODI runs.