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World Cup 2023: South Africa and Australia gear up for a high-stakes showdown

Recent form favors South Africa, but Australia aims for redemption; Ekana pitch remains a mystery in this pivotal World Cup battle

Our Web Desk Lucknow Published 12.10.23, 11:55 AM
South Africa's Quinton de Kock celebrates after reaching his century

South Africa's Quinton de Kock celebrates after reaching his century Reuters

  • South Africa posts a competitive total of 311/7 in their 50 overs against Australia
  • Late efforts from Australian pacers restricted South Africa's run flow and brought them back into the game
  • Aiden Markram impressively reaches a half-century, propelling South Africa to 263/3 in 43 overs against Australia. The Proteas now set their sights on building a formidable total, aiming to strengthen their position in the match
  • Maxwell shines with a crucial wicket, sending De Kock back to the pavilion. Australia seek late match recovery as the score touches 205/3 after 37 overs, aiming to regain control
  • Quinton de Kock seems to be on fire as he slams his 19th International century with a six! Consecutive centuries for the South African opener in this world cup as the score reaches 172/2 after 30 overs
  • OUT! Some relief for Australia as Adam Zampa dismisses Rassie van der Dussen
  • As the middle overs approach, South Africa showcase their batting prowess, capitalising on loose deliveries to accumulate boundaries. Rassie van der Dussen and de Kock led the charge, finding gaps and timing their shots well
  • Breakthrough for Australia as Maxwell dismissed Protea skipper Temba Bavuma (35 of 65), temporarily slowing South Africa's run rate
  • After 18 overs, South Africa look really strong. Bavuma and de Kock are leading the charge, with de Kock reaching his fifty in 51 balls. Zampa and Maxwell provided some spin, but South Africa manage to score at a good run rate as the game approaches middle overs as South Africa reach 100 run mark in 18 overs
  • After 10 overs, South Africa stand at 53/0. Bavuma's aggressive approach resulted in steady flow of runs right from the start for the Proteas. Maxwell and Hazlewood tried to contain, but de Kock's boundaries and steady singles kept the scoreboard ticking as the first powerplay of the innings ends
  • South Africa have brought in spinner Tabraiz Shamsi for this match
  • Australia made two changes as all-rounder Marcus Stoinis came in for Cameron Green, while Josh Inglis has replaced wicketkeeper batter Alex Carey
  • "We are going to have a bowl. Not too sure what's to make of this wicket. It seems like it's got a bit of moisture”: Australian captain Pat Cummins during toss
  • Australia captain Pat Cummins wins the toss and elects to field first

Playing XIs:

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Australia: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (w), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (w), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi.

In the highly anticipated 10th Match of the ICC Cricket World Cup, South Africa is set to lock horns with Australia at the Ekana Sports City in Lucknow on October 12, 2023. This encounter is part of the storied World Cup rivalry between the two cricketing giants.

South Africa comes into the match with a wave of momentum, displaying scintillating form in recent matches. They have been on a roll, especially with their batters, amassing formidable scores, including a sensational 428 against Sri Lanka. The trio of Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, and Aiden Markram has been in dazzling form, all notching up centuries. Their batting prowess was evident in their clashes against Australia in the recent series, where they scored 338, 416, and 315. Additionally, the South African team has the memory of triumphing over Australia in the World Cup in 2019, a victory that played a pivotal role in shaping the tournament's outcome.

On the other hand, Australia finds themselves under pressure, having experienced a dip in performance recently. They have encountered a series of defeats, losing six of their last seven ODIs, including their World Cup opener against India. The middle order has been a concern, as they have struggled to stabilize and convert promising starts into substantial scores. The return of key personnel like Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Steven Smith, and Glenn Maxwell is expected to bolster the team's performance. However, Alex Carey's form is under scrutiny, and he needs to make a substantial contribution with the bat.

The pitch at the Ekana International Cricket Stadium remains an unknown factor for both teams. The surface was recently relaid, and its behavior during the IPL this year has raised curiosity and concerns. Pace and bounce are expected, according to Australia captain Pat Cummins.

In terms of head-to-head stats, South Africa holds a slight advantage with 54 wins compared to Australia's 50 victories in ODIs. However, in the context of this World Cup and recent form, both teams are aware of the significance of this encounter.

The match promises to be a fiercely contested battle, given the historical rivalry and the teams' current standings. Cricket enthusiasts around the world will be eagerly watching to see which team emerges victorious in this epic clash.

Match starts at 2 PM.

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