South Africa shade a thriller with 10-run win against Australia
Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen helped South Africa to a thrilling ten-run victory with two magnificent innings in this final group game of the 2019 ICC World Cup.
Du Plessis hit his twelfth one-day century while van der Dussen was out for 95 from the final ball of the South African innings with the pair sharing in a massive 151 run third wicket partnership off 152 balls in a total of 325-6 to delight another huge crowd at Emirates Old Trafford.
David Warner replied with a run a ball century and Alex Carey hit 85 but Australia fell just short in a frantic finale and will now play England at Edgbaston in the second semi-final next Thursday while Emirates Old Trafford will host India v New Zealand on Tuesday.
Openers Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock gave South Africa the ideal start with a partnership of 79 inside 11 overs with Mitchell Starc in particular coming in for some early punishment, conceding 26 off his first three overs.
Markram had made 34 before being stumped by Carey off Nathan Lyon and the spinner also accounted for de Kock, caught by Starc from a sliced drive for 52, to leave South Africa on 114-2 in the 18th over.
Du Plessis and van der Dussen's started carefully, posting their fifty partnership off 68 balls and reaching the 30-over mark on 170-2 before going on the attack.
Having posted his half century from 54 balls Du Plessis hit sixes of both Pat Cummins and Lyon while van der Dussen launched Glenn Maxwell for a straight 6 to bring up their 100 partnership off 106 balls in 36th over.
It was scintillating stuff from the South Africans who reached the final ten over powerplay strongly placed on 245-2.
Du Plessis went to his century from 93 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes) before top edging a pull off Jason Behrendorff to Starc at short third man in the 43rd over but van der Dussen produced a dazzling array of shots to help plunder 80 runs from the final ten overs, hitting four sixes in his 95.
The South Africans then enjoyed early success with the ball when Imran Tahir, playing his 107th and final ODI, struck in his second over with Aaron Finch driving to Markram at cover.
Usman Khawaja limped off with a calf injury in the 5th over before Dwaine Pretorious struck a huge blow trapping Steve Smith lbw for 7 to have Australia 33-2.
Warner and Marcus Stoinis rebuilt the innings with a fifty partnership in 60 balls, Warner reaching his own half century from 58 balls before Stoinis was run out for 22 following a quick piece of work between Kagiso Rabada and de Kock to make the score 95-3 in the 19th over.
And Australia were further rocked when Glenn Maxwell fell for 12 with the score 119-4 in 25th over.
Warner and Alex Carey rebuilt taking 49 balls to post their half century partnership with Warner soon celebrating his century from 101 balls when expertly steering Chris Morris to the third man boundary.
And with the required run rate climbing the pair took 16 off the 37th over bowled by Shamsi , and reaching their 100 partnership off 82 balls moments later with Carey going to a 47-ball fifty, to bring the target down to 99 runs off 11 overs.
But Morris took a superb catch at mid-on from the first ball of the 40th over from Pretorius to end Warner’s great knock on 122 with Australia 227-5.
Undaunted Carey and Cummins hit out adding 45 off 33 balls before Cummins skied a catch to Duminy off Andile Phehlukwayo, and Carey departed for a great 85 after finding Markram at deep extra cover off Morris to leave Australia 275-7 in the 46th over.
The returning Khawaja and Starc thumped 26 off 17 balls over the closing overs before Rabada (3-56) bowled both Khawaja and Behrendorff, leaving Phehlukwayo to seal victory in the last over when Lyon found Markram at long-on.