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Match Preview: Australia vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 2nd Semi-Final

ICC World Cup  •  16 Nov, 2023  •  19,791 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami

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Welcome to Eden Gardens, where cricket's heartbeat echoes! In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semi-final, Australia's streak of triumphs meets South Africa's resilient spirit, each with a history rich and complex. Here, the game transcends boundaries, merging past glories and present dreams.


It's not just a contest but a spectacular dance of strategy and skill, where Australia's legacy and South Africa's ambition intertwine in a thrilling narrative, promising an unforgettable spectacle in the annals of cricket.

Venue Insights

Image Credits: Kolkata Tourism

Eden Gardens in Kolkata, a cricketing landmark, is renowned for facilitating high-scoring matches, often favouring the batsmen. The pitch here typically sees an average first innings score of around 244, indicating a bias towards batting, and setting the scene for potentially high-scoring affairs. However, batting becomes more challenging in the second innings, as reflected in a lower average score of 199, highlighting the difficulties in sustaining scoring momentum. With historical data showing that 23 out of 39 matches have been won by the team batting first, it's likely that the captains, upon winning the toss, might prefer to bat first to capitalize on the advantages this pitch has to offer.



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Form Guide: Australia

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Australia's form in the lead-up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semi-final has been nothing short of remarkable, marked by an unbroken streak of victories (WWWWW). Starting with a couple of setbacks, the team has roared back with seven consecutive wins, a testament to their resilience and tactical acumen. David Warner, entering the twilight of his one-day career, has been a standout performer, matching the feats of South Africa's Quinton de Kock with consistently high scores.

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