After more than a month of nail-biting, unpredictable, and enthralling group stage matches, we finally have our semifinalists of the World Cup 2023 who are all set to lock horns. While the first semifinal cricket match is between invincible team India and Kiwis, the second semifinal match of World Cup 2023 is all set between team South Africa and resilient team Australia.
If we closely analyze the performances of the teams before 2nd semifinal, the South African cricket team was leading the chart since the inception of the tournament and ended on 2nd position in the group stage. On the other hand, team Australia bounced back from two initial horrible victories and sealed the third post in the list of semifinalists eventually. Hence, it would be daunting for cricket enthusiasts and pundits to draw conclusions about the upcoming clash between Australia and South Africa’s 2nd Semifinal match of the ODI World Cup 2023.
To derive a rock-solid prediction for the 2nd semifinal of the World Cup, we need to dig deep into the past records like South Africa vs Australia head to head ODI record, Eden Gardens pitch report, and performances of the top players from both the teams in the ongoing World Cup tournament.
South Africa vs Australia Head to Head in ODI
South Africa is one of the few cricket teams in the world that boasts a dominant record against 5-time ODI World Cup champions Australia. Out of all the 109 matches played between them, the South African cricket team won 55 matches and the Australian cricket team won 50 matches only. However, team Australia has a slightly better record in away matches as they have 22 victories in their kitty compared to the 19 away victories of team South Africa.
|Matches||South Africa Won||Australia won||Tie||NR|
Overall, the records are a bit in favor of the South African cricket team in head-to-head ODI matches against Australia but the stats can become obsolete as cricket is a game of unpredictability.
South Africa vs Australia ODI World Cup Records
The above stats depict only one story – a tiebreaker. Team Australia and South Africa clashed 7 times in the ODI World Cup and both teams emerged victorious 3 times and shared a tie match. Thus, both cricketing giants are on par with each other when it comes to ODI World Cup matches. No concrete prediction can be made on the basis of the World Cup records of both teams.
|Matches||South Africa Won||Australia won||Tie||NR|
Eden Gardens Kolkata Pitch Report & Average Scores
Eden Gardens is one of the biggest and the most celebrated cricketing grounds in India capable of hosting a little over 66,000 spectators at a time. There are uncountable indelible memories of Eden Gardens associated with fans like the 376 runs monumental partnership between VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid or the famous Sachin Tendulkar run-out during the Asian Test championship match against Pakistan.
The pitch of Eden Gardens is widely considered a subtle batting pitch with noteworthy help for spinners as well as the match proceeds. Below, we have also stated the ODI stats of Eden Gardens pitch that will help you to find out which team could have an upper hand when bowling or batting first.
Eden Gardens ODI Records & Stats:
The above stats tell only one story; the team batting first majorly has an upper hand and the average first-inning score is way higher than the average second-inning score. Hence, whichever team wins the toss will surely consider to bat first and put a respectable total. Moreover, South Africa and Australia both have quality spin attacks and world-class spinners like Keshav Maharaj and Adam Zampa who can turn the tides in favor of their team at any time.
|Matches won batting first||23|
|Matches won bowling first||15|
|Average 1st Inns scores||244|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||199|
|Highest total recorded||404/5 (50 Ov) by IND vs SL|
|Lowest total recorded||63/10 (39.3 Ov) by INDW vs ENGW|
|Highest score chased||317/3 (48.1 Ov) by IND vs SL|
|Lowest score defended||195/10 (50 Ov) by IND vs RSA|
South Africa vs Australia Top Players Stats in Last Innings
Team Australia: Best Players
Australian batters have been in tremendous form throughout the tournament with David Warner and Mitchell Marsh in the list of leading run-scorers. Apart from this, Glenn Maxwell turned out to be a big match player after his knock of 201 runs against Afghanistan in Mumbai.
In the bowling department, Adam Zampa is currently the leading wicket-taker of the of the tournament with 22 scalps to his name. Apart from this, skipper Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc also turned out to be key players for Australia in the tournament.
- David Warner stats and records against South Africa
- Adam Zampa records and stats against South Africa
- Glenn Maxwell Stats and Records Against South Africa
Team South Africa: Best Players
Star batter Quinton de Kock has been in tremendous in his last ODI World as he is currently on the second spot on the list of most run-scorer in the tournament with 591 runs. Apart from him Henrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen have also shown performances as the South African team turned out to be a batting powerhouse in this tournament.
- Quinton de Kock vs Australia Stats & Records
- Keshav Maharaj Vs Australia Stats & Records
- Rassie van der Dussen Vs Australia Stats & Records
- Kagiso Rabada Vs Australia Stats & Records
Talking about the bowling lineup, Gerald Coetzee and Marco Jansen have been the leading wicket-takers for South Africa in the ongoing tournament. On the other hand, left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj has shown great form with 14 scalps from nine matches.