Australia secured a nail-biting victory against South Africa, advancing to the World Cup final. Travis Head’s stellar performance earned him the Player of the Match award.
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South Africa vs Australia Post-Match Interviews:
Pat Cummins: The captain expressed relief at the result, highlighting the team’s fielding standards and the unexpected bowling strategy with Starc and Hazlewood.
I think it was easier out there than sitting in the dugout. Nerve-wracking couple of hours but it was good to get the result. Wasn’t expecting Starc and Hazlewood to bowl so much early. We knew it was going to spin later on but there was a bit of cloud cover so wasn’t too disappointed about bowling first. We talk a lot about our fielding, probably wasn’t up to standard at the start of the tournament but we were fantastic today. Specially Warner who’s 37. Travis Head was the man today, to take that crucial wicket in the middle overs. Inglis played that beautifully, he looked in total control out there, especially against two quality spinners. Few of us have played in a final before, couple of other guys in a T20 World Cup final, the stadium is going to be packed, mostly going to be one-sided but it’s about embracing it. 2015 World Cup was a career-highlight, so to be playing another final in India, we are very happy as an unit, can’t wait.Pat Cummins | Australia captain:
Temba Bavuma: South Africa’s captain acknowledged Australia’s strong performance, emphasizing their struggle to recover after a challenging start with bat and ball.
Cannot put it into words, first of all congratulations to Australia. Good luck to them in the final. They played really well today. Our character came through today. We showed a lot of resilience. The way we started with the bat and the ball was the telling point, that’s where we lost the game. The conditions combined with the quality of their attack, they really put us under pressure. You’re always going to struggle to put up a competitive total when you’re 24/4. We were gaining some momentum when Miller and Klaasen were out there but unfortunately he (Klaasen) couldn’t carry on a bit longer. Miller’s innings was superb, really highlights the character of the entire team, it was extraordinary to do that in such a pressure situation and in a World Cup semi-final. They got 70-odd in the first 10 and that really allowed the rest of the guys to settle. Markram and Maharaj were fantastic and they really put them under pressure. We had chances, tough chances that we put down, it could’ve been a bit close had we held on to them. As a young guy, he (Coetzee) really was the warrior for us, there wasn’t much happening for the seamers then but for him to come round the wicket and to take the wicket of Smith was incredible. He was cramping but he still wanted to keep bowling. Quinton would’ve probably wanted to end his career on a different note, despite the result I think he’ll remember his time. He’ll go down as one of the legends in South African cricket.Temba Bavuma | South Africa captain
Travis Head: Player of the Match, Head shared his thoughts on the tense match, crediting Inglis for his contribution and expressing excitement about playing the World Cup final against India.
Hard to unpack all of that. Tense finish, amazing game. Didn’t move from the seat for the last part. We knew how it was going to play, we had three or four days here. We haven’t seen such spin, we knew we had to battle. I thought I wasn’t going to be here (after the hand injury), but I am happy to contribute for Australia, nice to be here. Straight as they came (Klaasen dismissal). He (Klaasen) smacked me, was under the pump, but it was nice to get his wicket. I was prepared to bowl a few overs, always keen to contribute with the ball. We have had that positive approach to keep the pace rolling. Disappointed for the way I got out, that (vs Maharaj) was a match-up against a left-arm spinner, but wasn’t to be. It’s an unbelievable attack, their bowlers look sharp and they (India) have been one of the best teams in the competition, never dreamed of playing a World Cup final against them.Travis Head | Player of the Match
Quinton de Kock: In his final ODI, de Kock’s career ended on a bittersweet note. Despite the loss, he leaves behind an impressive legacy.
|Lowest Win-Margins (by wickets)||3 wickets – AUS vs SA, Kolkata, 2023 SF|
|Most Wins in a Single World Cup||11 – Australia (2003, 2007); 10* – India (2023)|
|Teams Qualifying for World Cup Finals||8 – Australia; 4 – England, India|
|Most Wickets in a World Cup Edition (SA)||20 – Gerald Coetzee (2023)|
|Most Wicketkeeping Dismissals (2023 WC)||20 – Quinton de Kock (SA)|
|SA vs. AUS in ODIs since 2016||Matches: 22, SA: 16, AUS: 5, NR: 1|
|Teams Qualifying for World Cup Finals Most Often||Times||Most Wickets in a World Cup Edition for South Africa||Most Wicketkeeping Dismissals in a World Cup Edition|
|Australia||8||20 – Gerald Coetzee (2023)||21 – Adam Gilchrist (2003)|
|England||4||17 – Lance Klusener (1999)||21 – Tom Latham (2019)|
|India||4||17 – Morne Morkel (2015)||20 – Alex Carey (2019)|
|West Indies||3||17 – Marco Jansen (2023)||20 – Quinton de Kock (2023)|
|Sri Lanka||3||17 – Kumar Sangakkara (2003)|
|17 – Adam Gilchrist (2007)|
As India and Australia gear up for an epic final, cricket fans anticipate another thrilling clash between two cricketing giants.