New Delhi. The first semi-final of World Cup 2023 is going to be played between India and New Zealand today. The second knockout match between Australia and South Africa will be played on Thursday, November 16 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Bad news is coming against the 5-time champion team Australia. He may exit the tournament without playing the semifinals. ICC has reserved a reserve day for semi-finals and finals. According to the Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of rain in Kolkata on both Thursday and Friday. If the second semi-final is not held due to rain, the Australian team will be eliminated from the final as per the rules.
As far as the World Cup 2023 rules are concerned, both teams are required to play at least 20 overs to complete the match. If the match is canceled due to rain, the South African team, which is above Australia in the points table, will make a place in the final to be held in Ahmedabad on Sunday. In the league stage, India came top winning all their 9 matches while South Africa was second and Australia third. Met department regional director Ganesh Das told news agency PTI that light rain is likely on Thursday. It will be cloudy throughout the day and may rain in the evening. As the day progresses, the rain may become a little more intense. More heavy rain is likely on Friday.
They have met twice in the semi-finals
This is the first time Australia and South Africa have met in the semi-finals. The match played between 1999 was tied, but the Kangaroos team managed to make it to the final thanks to a win in the league round. In the semi-final of the World Cup played in 2007, the Kangaroo team defeated South Africa by 7 wickets. In such a situation, South Africa will also want to take revenge this time.
Talking about the World Cup record, Australia and South Africa have faced each other 7 times so far. Both the teams won 3-3 matches while one match was tied. Talking about the current season, South Africa defeated Australia by 134 runs in the group round. In the match played in Lucknow, South Africa scored 311 runs batting first. In reply, Australia were all out for 177 runs.
First published: November 15, 2023, 09:53 IST