Travis Head starred with bat and ball as Australia arrange a World Cup ultimate conflict with India after a tense three-wicket win over South Africa in Kolkata on Thursday.
Chasing a tough 213 for victory, Australia wobbled after Head hit 62 however Steve Smith (30) and Josh Inglis (28) helped the five-time champions attain their goal with 16 balls to spare within the second semi-final in Kolkata.
As Australia reached an eighth World Cup ultimate, South Africa have been left to rue a fifth semi-final loss regardless of David Miller’s 101.
Australia slipped to 137-5 after which 193-7 earlier than Mitchell Starc (16) and skipper Pat Cummins (14) stored their nerve to steer the group dwelling.
Left-hand batsman and part-time off-spinner Head stood out after taking two wickets after which along with his 48-ball innings laced with 9 fours and two sixes.
Australia have been in bother after they have been 5 down as spinners Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi struck in fast succession to rattle the middle-order.
Maharaj bowled Head, who was dropped on 40 and 57, and Shamsi, a left-arm wrist spinner, trapped Marnus Labuschagne lbw for 18 and bowled Glenn Maxwell for one in his subsequent over.
Australia began the event with two losses however registered their eighth straight win.
Starc led the bowling cost with figures of 3-34 and Cummins additionally picked three wickets to bowl out South Africa for 212 in 49.Four overs.
Left-arm fast Starc struck within the first over to ship again South Africa captain Temba Bavuma, who had mentioned he was not “100 per cent fit” on the toss, for a fourth-ball duck.
Josh Hazlewood claimed the wicket of in-form Quinton de Kock for 3 as Cummins took a shocking catch.
De Kock, who will give up one-day worldwide after the World Cup, ended with 594 runs together with 4 centuries to take a seat behind the event’s main batsman Virat Kohli (711).
The brand new-ball bowlers stored up the assault with the wickets of Aiden Markram (10) and Rassie van der Dussen (six) as South Africa slumped to 24-Four and have been 44-Four when rain interrupted play.
Klaasen and Miller hit again after the 45-minute rain break as the 2 placed on 95 runs however Head broke by to bowl Klaasen for 47.
Head trapped Marco Jansen lbw on the subsequent supply to be on a hat-trick, which was saved by Gerald Coetzee, who placed on a 53-run partnership with Miller.
The left-handed Miller smashed eight fours and 5 sixes in his 116-ball knock.
The ultimate is on Sunday on the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.