Rassie van der Dussen’s grabs a stunner to covers to end Mitchell Marsh’s innings on a duck
South Africa and Australia are locking horns in the second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on Thursday, November 16 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. After opting to bat first, the Proteas were bundled out for 212 in 49.4 overs on a tricky pitch. David Miller was the lone warrior in South Africa’s innings as he played a brilliant innings of 101 (116).
In the second innings, Australia got off to a great start as openers Travis Head and David Warner (29 off 18) added 60 runs for the first wicket off 37 balls. However, Aiden Markram got the first strike for his team as he destroyed the stumps of David Warner.
In the very next over, South Africa got their second success as Mitchell Marsh hit one straight to cover where Rassie van der Dussen completed an exceptional catch. The ball was travelling at lightning speed as Van der Dussen dived to his right to complete a grab-a-stunner and help his side get their second success.
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Watch Rassie van der Dussen’s catch here:
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However, the effort went in vain as Australia won the match by three wickets and sealed their spot in the final the tournament by chasing down in 213 in 47.2 overs. An unbeaten 22-run stand between Mitchell Starc (16* off 38) and Pat Cummins (14* off 29) helped Australia get home after they were left reeling at 193/7.
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Earlier in the day, South Africa got off to a disastrous start as skipper Temba Bavuma (0 off 4) was dismissed in the very first over itself by Mitchell Starc. The Proteas further lost three wickets in the form of Quinton de Kock (3 off 14), Aiden Markram (10 off 20) and Rassie van der Dussen (6 off 31) and were left reeling at 24/4 after 11.5 overs.
A 95-run stand between David Miller (101 off 116) and Heinrich Klaasen (47 off 48) stabilized the innings. However, Travis Head brought Australia back into the game by dismissing Klaasen and Marco Jansen (0 off 1) in the same over. Meanwhile, Miller continued to hold one end and scored a brilliant hundred.
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