Wounded Australia fall to South Africa, drop prime spot forward of World Cup finals

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Australia have dropped prime spot on the Cricket World Cup on the ultimate day of motion as they fell to South Africa by ten runs in a thriller at Previous Trafford.

As India handed Sri Lanka a beating in Leeds, Australia discovered themselves out of the competition on a number of events in opposition to a spirited Proteas aspect, and whereas they took it to the final over, poor begins in each innings merely left the Aussies an excessive amount of to do.

On top-of-the-line pitches for batting we’ve seen all event in Previous Trafford, Aaron Finch misplaced his seventh toss in 9 makes an attempt, with South Africa batting first and getting off to a blinder.

Whereas they’ve struggled for runs through the event, Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock had no such points on the prime of the order, though they have been assisted by some woeful bowling from the Australian quicks within the early going.

By the tip of the powerplay, solely the introduction of Nathan Lyon had introduced with it any management and South Africa had motored alongside to zero for 73 from the primary ten overs.

Lyon would quickly do away with each openers although, and it helped to place the skids on South Africa for a time period.

Whereas there was some improved bowling from the quicks, they have been nonetheless away off their finest, and an aesthetic century from Faf du Plessis, in addition to 95 from Rassie van der Russen – who was out on the ultimate ball of the innings – boosted South Africa to a formidable 325.

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Mitchell Starc’s closing spell with the ball acquired Australia again into the competition, nevertheless, they couldn’t capitalise on their cheap end with the ball, as every week off clearly messed with type.

Aaron Finch was gone in simply the second over, earlier than Usman Khawaja retired damage with a hamstring criticism and Steve Smith was out LBW all inside the opening ten overs.

David Warner was the rock of the Aussie innings, and whereas he appeared to search out some help from Marcus Stoinis, it was gradual help, and when Stoinis acquired himself out earlier than Glenn Maxwell adopted shortly afterwards to brief ball from Kagiso Rabada, Australia proper out of the match.

Nonetheless, Warner joined with the in-form Alex Carey and the pair set about scoring the 207 runs nonetheless required from 25.5 overs.

David Warner after being dismissed at the Cricket World Cup.

(Picture by Henry Browne/Getty Pictures)

Warner would go previous his century, finally falling for 122 from 117 balls, whereas Carey would depart for 85 from 69 with the required run fee a smidge over ten.

Each Warner and Carey have been excellent with the stick as they tried to rescue Australia, nevertheless, simply couldn’t take the sport deep sufficient, and regardless of some huge hitting late within the piece from Starc, Australia fell simply ten runs wanting topping the desk.

It means they may now hit the street again to Edgbaston for a semi-final in opposition to the outdated enemy England, whereas India will arrive in Previous Trafford tomorrow alongside New Zealand, with these two sides set to conflict on Tuesday for the primary spot within the closing.

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Australia have extra than simply type inquiries to reply heading into the semi-finals, with Usman Khawaja’s hamstring damage, a possible health subject to Mitchell Starc and sure aspect pressure for Marcus Stoinis all placing questions over the squad, which has already misplaced Shaun Marsh to a damaged arm through the week.

Australia’s semi-final in opposition to England shall be performed on Thursday, from 7:30pm (AEST).

Match abstract

South Africa: 6/325 (50) (Faf du Plessis 100, Rassie van der Russen 95, Quinton de Kock 52, Nathan Lyon 2/53, Mitchell Starc 2/59) defeat Australia: 10/315 (49.5) (David Warner 122, Alex Carey 85, Kagiso Rabada three/56) by 10 runs.

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