Cricket enthusiasts are in for a treat as the battle for a spot in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 final intensifies. The 2nd Semi-Final, set to take place at the historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on 16th November 2023 at 02:00 PM IST, will witness a fierce contest between South Africa and Australia. Both teams, having played 9 matches each in the tournament, finished second and third on the league stage points table, setting the stage for an epic clash.
- Match: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Semi-Final
- Date: 16th November 2023
- Time: 02:00 PM IST
- Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
In their previous encounter in this series, Quinton de Kock was the standout player, earning the Man of the Match award and contributing significantly to South Africa’s success.
South Africa, fresh off a convincing win against Afghanistan, enters the semi-final with momentum on their side.
On the other hand, Australia, after defeating Bangladesh in their last match, boasts confidence, with Mitchell Marsh delivering a stellar performance.
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions:
Eden Gardens, Kolkata, offers a balanced pitch, with an average 1st innings score of 235 runs in the last 20 matches.
The venue has witnessed a 50% success rate for teams batting first, minimizing the toss’s impact on the match outcome.
The weather forecast indicates a temperature of around 24 °C with 76% humidity.
A moderate breeze at 5.17 m/s and cloudy conditions during the match may favor pacers with movement.
Pace or Spin?
Pacers have thrived at Eden Gardens, claiming 67% of the total wickets. The statistics suggest that selecting pace bowlers in the fantasy team would be a wise choice, as the pitch is likely to continue assisting them.
Australia and South Africa ODI Stats:
Australia, a cricketing powerhouse, has participated in 996 ODIs, winning 604 matches, facing defeat 349 times, with 34 no results and 9 ties.
South Africa, known for its cricketing prowess, has played 668 ODIs, securing victory 409 times, experiencing 232 losses, and engaging in 21 no results and 6 tied matches.
Both teams’ ODI history underscores their consistency and competitiveness.
In the 109 ODIs between Australia and South Africa, the Proteas hold a slight edge with 55 victories, while Australia is not far behind with 50 wins.
The rivalry has witnessed three tied matches, adding an extra layer of drama, while only one match ended with no result. The stage is set for another chapter in this compelling cricketing saga.
SA vs AUS Squad Information
Australia (AUS) Squad: Josh Hazlewood, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Pat Cummins, Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa, Travis Head, Alex Carey, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis and Cameron Green
South Africa (SA) Squad: Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, Lizaad Williams, Heinrich Klaasen, Kagiso Rabada, Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Gerald Coetzee and Marco Jansen
Dream11 Prediction: Player Picks
Top Batter and Wicket-Keeper Picks:
- Quinton de Kock: A consistent performer with an average of 103 match fantasy points in the last 10 games.
- Marnus Labuschagne: A safe bet with an average of 57 match fantasy points.
- David Warner: A reliable top-order left-handed batter.
Top Bowler Picks:
- Mitchell Starc: A consistent performer with an average of 48 match fantasy points.
- Gerald Coetzee: A safe bet with an average of 56 match fantasy points.
- Kagiso Rabada: A reliable right-arm fast bowler.
Top All-Rounder Picks:
- Marco Jansen: An impressive performer with an average of 101 match fantasy points.
- Mitchell Marsh: A consistent all-rounder with an average of 83 match fantasy points.
- Glenn Maxwell: A high-risk, high-reward pick with an average of 100 match fantasy points.
Top Players of the Last Match:
For South Africa, Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, and Rassie van der Dussen were the top point-getters, while for Australia, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, and David Warner led the fantasy points tally.
Captain and Vice-Captain Picks:
- Marco Jansen: A consistent performer with a high fantasy rating.
- Quinton de Kock: A top-order left-handed batter in excellent form.
- Mitchell Marsh: A reliable top-order right-handed batter.
- Mitchell Starc: A valuable left-arm fast bowler.
- Glenn Maxwell: A differential pick with a high fantasy rating.
SA vs AUS Dream11 Team Today
Wicket-Keepers: Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen and Josh Inglis
Batters: Marnus Labuschagne, Temba Bavuma and David Miller
All-Rounders: Marco Jansen, Andile Phehlukwayo and Aiden Markram
Bowlers: Mitchell Starc and Kagiso Rabada
Captain: Aiden Markram
Vice-Captain: Quinton de Kock
As South Africa and Australia lock horns in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Semi-Final at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, cricket fans can expect a riveting contest. The Dream11 picks add an extra layer of excitement to the encounter, making it a must-watch spectacle. The outcome of this clash will determine which team advances to the final and gets a shot at cricketing glory. May the best team emerge victorious in this high-stakes battle!