Australia defeated South Africa in the second semifinal of the 2023 World Cup at the Eden Gardens on Thursday to set up a title clash against India. The final will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19. Australia prevailed in a thriller as they chased down 213 runs with 3 wickets and 2.4 overs to spare, fending off a spirited threat from the Proteas. David Miller absorbed extreme pressure on way to a rearguard 101 and take South Africa to a fighting 212 after losing their first four wickets for 24 runs in the second semifina. Living with the chokers' tag for decades, South Africa came up short in another ICC knockout game but were able to take the game right down to the wire. They dropped as many as five tough catching chances, proving to be the difference in a low-scoring game.
The win extends Australia's remarkable run in the tournament, having bounced back from defeats in their first two games against India and South Africa. Australia began the chase on an aggressive with Travis Head (62 off 48), and his opening partner David Warner (29 off 18) slamming 60 runs in the first six overs. South African spinners brought their team into the game with Aiden Markram (1/23) dismissing David Warner and Keshav Maharaj (1/24) ending Head's stay in the middle.