ICC World Cup 2019 Sports

South Africa defeat Australia by 10 runs in a thriller

South Africa defeated Australia by 10 runs in Manchester on Saturday to end their World Cup campaign on a high. The results dethrone Australia from the top of the points table.

While chasing the target of 326, South Africa took down the entire Australian batting squad on 315 in 49.5 overs. Kagiso Rabada bagged three wickets, Dwaine Pretorius claimed two and Chris Morris, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada and Andile Phehlukwayo picked up one wicket each.

Warner top scored with 122 while Carey made a swashbuckling 85 off 69. The duo added 108 runs for the 5th wicket stand after Australia collapsed to 119/4.

Usman Khawaja, who retired hurt in the 5th over due to a hamstring injury, came back to bat after Carey’s wicket but the injury combined with the required run rate got the better of him. Mitchell Starc towards the end kept Australia alive but it never paid off.

Earlier, Faf du Plessis struck South Africa’s first century of the World Cup to lift his side to an imposing 325 for six at Old Trafford after winning the toss.

Opener Quinton de Kock (52) gave his side a solid start before he became one of two wickets for spinner Nathan Lyon (2-53), but the platform was laid for Du Plessis (100 from 94 balls) and the impressive Rassie van der Dussen (95 from 97 balls).

The pair put on 151 for the third wicket at a run-a-ball, with Van der Dussen making his highest one-day international score before he was caught on the boundary attempting a six off the final ball of the innings to get to his century.

As a result of this win, India ended up on the top of the ladder with 15 points followed by Australia (14), England (12) and New Zealand (11).

India will now face New Zealand in the first semi-final on July 9 in Manchester while Australia will take on hosts England in the second semi-final on July 11 in Birmingham.

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