Australia vs South Africa Second Semi Final ICC Cricket World Cup 2007


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ICC World Cup Cricket Match 2007 Second Semi Final

Australia vs South Africa at St Lucia

Second Semi Final, AUS vs SA: Australia bowl South Africa out for 149

Australia Cricket team South Africa Cricket team Australia thrashed South Africa in the World Cup semi-final in St Lucia and will now meet Sri Lanka in a re-match of the 1996 final on Saturday. Matthew Hayden and Michael Clarke led an unflustered run chase as Australia won by seven wickets in the 32nd over. Clarke finished unbeaten on 60, and Andrew Symonds hit the winning runs with a drive through mid-wicket for four to cap another near-perfect performance from Australia.

For Australia, Shaun Tait took 4-39, while Glenn McGrath (3-18) grabbed three early scalps to go to 25 for the tournament, a record haul in a single World Cup. Herschelle Gibbs (39) and Justin Kemp (49) put on 60 for the sixth wicket.
Second Semi Final, Match 25, St Lucia: Australia 153-3 beat South Africa 149 by seven wickets

Second Semi Final, AUS vs SA: South Africa get second shot at Australia

Australia Cricket team South Africa Cricket team South Africa will be hoping it's a case of second time lucky when they go up against the all-conquering Australians in the second semi-final today
Australia has beaten all its major rivals on the way to the World Cup semi-final. Now South Africa gets a second chance. Beaten by 83 runs in the group phase, South Africa will become the latest nation to try to stop a rampant Australia team from winning the title for an unprecedented third time in a row. At stake is a final place against New Zealand or Sri Lanka, who locked horns in Jamaica yesterday.
Every team has been resoundingly beaten and Australia's batsmen are at their brutal best. The bowlers combine the raw pace of Shaun Tait and the metronomic accuracy of Glenn McGrath and a handful of one day specialist bowlers who frustrate and contain batsmen. McGrath and opening batsman Matthew Hayden are the leading bowler and batsman respectively so far in the World Cup. McGrath will retire at the end of the tournament, ending the career of one of the world's greatest bowlers. Hayden, discarded as a one-day player six months ago, is in awesome form in the Caribbean. In eight innings he has scored 580 runs, averaging a massive 82.85 with three centuries. He also tops the Super 8s batting statistics, with 390 runs from five innings. One of the centuries, in 66 balls, was made against South Africa in the group stages as Australia amassed 376 for an easy victory.
But South Africa will be no pushovers if the team combines its undoubted talent. Smith's left knee was wrapped in an ice pack on Monday after an injury he picked up during a nine-wicket victory over England last week that took the team into the semi-final. But he came through a lengthy net session and said he was confident he would be fit for Wednesday's match. Smith and A.B. de Villiers have established a good working relationship as openers and even resembled the destructive Australians as they bludgeoned their way to victory against England.
In Jacques Kallis, South Africa has a potential match winner. Kallis has struggled to adapt to the one day game but provides a platform around which the team's more aggressive players can operate. Smith prevaricated when asked about his bowling attack, hinting that spinner Robin Peterson might play. That seems unlikely as he has played virtually no part in the tournament. Pace bowler Makhaya Ntini was surprisingly replaced by Charl Langeveldt against England after returning some moderate performances and it is not known if Ntini will make it back into the South Africa team. Australia team (from): Ricky Ponting (Captain), Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Michael Hussey, Shane Watson, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken, Shaun Tait, Glenn McGrath.
South Africa team (from): Graeme Smith (Captain), AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Ashwell Prince, Justin Kemp, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Andre Nel, Robin Peterson, Makhaya Ntini, Charl Langeveldt, Loots Bosman.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Second Semi Final

Australia vs South Africa at St Lucia

South Africa won the toss and decided to bat
149 all out (43.5 overs)
153 for 3 (31.3 overs)

South Africa Innings
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
G C Smith
 
b N W Bracken
2
5 0 0
A B de Villiers c A C Gilchrist b S W Tait
15
34 3 0
J H Kallis
 
b G D McGrath
5
9 1 0
H H Gibbs c A C Gilchrist b S W Tait
39
49 6 0
A G Prince c A C Gilchrist b G D McGrath
0
2 0 0
M V Boucher c M L Hayden b G D McGrath
0
1 0 0
J M Kemp not out
 
49
92 4 1
A J Hall c A C Gilchrist b S W Tait
3
7 0 0
S M Pollock c and b G B Hogg
5
13 1 0
A Nel c M J Clarke b S W Tait
8
41 1 0
C K Langeveldt
 
b S R Watson
6
10 1 0
Extras
 
13w 4lb 17
 
Total
 
all out 149 (43.5 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
N W Bracken 7.0 2 15 1
G D McGrath 8.0 1 18 3
S W Tait 10.0 0 39 4
S R Watson 8.5 0 49 1
G B Hogg 10.0 2 24 1
Fall of wicket
 
7 G C Smith
12 J H Kallis
26 A B de Villiers
27 A G Prince
27 M V Boucher
87 H H Gibbs
93 A J Hall
103 S M Pollock
130 A Nel
149 C K Langeveldt

Australia Innings
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
A C Gilchrist
 
b C K Langeveldt
1
5 0 0
M L Hayden c G C Smith b S M Pollock
41
60 4 0
R T Ponting
 
b A Nel
22
25 5 0
M J Clarke not out
 
60
86 8 0
A Symonds not out
 
18
16 3 0
Extras
 
3nb 3w 5lb 11
 
Total
 
for 3 153 (31.3 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
S M Pollock 5.0 1 16 1
C K Langeveldt 6.0 0 34 1
J H Kallis 5.0 1 20 0
A Nel 7.0 1 31 1
A J Hall 6.3 0 43 0
J M Kemp 2.0 0 4 0
Fall of wicket
 
1 A C Gilchrist
44 R T Ponting
110 M L Hayden

Umpires: S A Bucknor, Aleem Dar
Australia: A C Gilchrist, M L Hayden, R T Ponting, M J Clarke, A Symonds, M E K Hussey, S R Watson, G B Hogg, S W Tait, G D McGrath, N W Bracken
South Africa: G C Smith, A B de Villiers, J H Kallis, H H Gibbs, A G Prince, M V Boucher, J M Kemp, S M Pollock, A J Hall, A Nel, C K Langeveldt


Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.