AUSTRALIA overcame a spirited challenge from South Africa by three wickets in the second semi-final of the World Cup here on Thursday to set up a title clash with hosts India. The final will be played on Sunday at Ahmedabad. David Miller struck a 116-ball 101 and lifted South Africa to 212 all out after his team had lost four early wickets. In reply, Australia stuttered before completing the chase of 213 with 16 balls to spare as South Africa choked yet again on the big stage.
Travis Head blazed away to 62 off 48 balls while David Warner smashed 29 off 18 in an opening stand of 60 to lay the foundation for Australia’s chase. Earlier, Miller hit eight fours and five sixes, and brought up his century with a maximum over deep midwicket off Australian captain Pat Cummins. Opting to bat, South Africa were off to a disastrous start losing both their openers Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma with just eight runs on the board in the sixth over. Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram too didn’t last long, leaving South Africa precariously placed at 24-4 in the 12th over. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were the wreckers in chief early into South Africa’s innings. A partnership of 95 runs between Miller and Heinrich Klaasen steadied the ship.