Kolkata [India]: South Africa won the toss and opted to bat against Australia in the World Cup semi-final clash at the iconic Eden Gardens. South Africa is 55/4 after 18 overs.
Fall of wickets
Mitchell Starc sets the tone of the game, swings the ball away to dismiss skipper Bavuma for a four-ball duck. SA 1/1
Hazlewood dismisses De Kock: Josh Hazlewood dismissed Quinton de Kock for 3 runs, South Africa is 8/2 in 5.4 overs.
Starc gets Markram: Mitchell Starc dismissed Aiden Markram for 10 runs, South Africa is 22/3 in 10.5 overs.
Hazlewood gets van der Dussen: Josh Hazlewood dismissed Rassie van der Dussen for 6 runs, South Africa is 24/4 in 11.5 overs.
South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma won the toss and opted to bat against Australia in the World Cup semi-final clash at the iconic Eden Gardens on Thursday.
South Africa will be eying their maiden World Cup final while Australia will be keen to take a step closer towards their sixth title. The Proteas have fumbled a couple of times before, but this time they will be looking to defy the odds and seal a date with India in the final of the tournament on Sunday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma said at the time of the toss, "We will bat first. Not something I really dreamt of. We have come against a team like Australia in the semi-final. Means a lot to me, there's a game to focus on. Very important to stay in the present. Need to stick to our processes. Got one change, Shamsi is in for Ngidi."
Australia skipper Pat Cummins said at the time of the toss, "We would have batted first as well. They play pretty similar style, unfortunately they have won a last few, we are due. We have been in these positions before. We have a lot of experience. We were not up to our best in those couple of games. But guys have been positive in the last seven games."
Australia (Playing XI): Travis Head, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis(w), Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Temba Bavuma(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Gerald Coetzee, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi.