Uncharacteristic swipe leads to Steve Smith’s downfall

Australia have lost the crucial wicket of Steve Smith to be reduced to an alarming 174-6 in the 214-run chase against South Africa. Gerald Coetzeehas produced a double whammy to remove the well-set Steve Smith and Josh Inglis, further sprucing up the ICC World Cup 2023 semi-final at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Earlier, David Miller’s sixth ODI century, coming on an Eden Gardens surface assisting both seamers and spinners, helped South Africa recover from an alarming 24/4 after opting to bat. The five-time World champions sent Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, and Aiden Markram back to the pavilion cheaply, and just when South Africa looked a bit steady after having added 44 runs between overs 21 and 30, Travis Head struck gold in his very first over and returned two wickets off two balls to peg the Proteas back.

Brief Scores: South Africa 213 in 49.4 overs (Miller 101; Starc 3-34, Cummins 3-51, Halewood 2-12) lost to Australia 215/7 in 47.2 overs (Head 62; Shamsi 2-42) by 3 wickets

Broadcast Schedule

WT20 2024
AUS v NAM, North Sound (WLW)
12th June
Start time: 1:30 am BST
USA v IND, New York
12th June
Start time: 3:30 pm BST
WI v NZ, Tarouba, (WLW)
13th June
Start time: 1:30 am BST

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