Australia defeated South Africa by 3 wickets in the second semi-final of ODI World Cup 2023. With this, he has now confirmed his place in the final of the World Cup for the eighth time in the history of the World Cup. Australia will now face the Indian team in the title match on November 19, which has not lost a single match in this tournament so far. In the second round of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the Indian football team made a great start and won 1-0 against Kuwait. Let us know 10 big news from the sports world.
Australia won the second semi-final
The second semi-final of the ODI World Cup 2023 was played at the Eden Gardens ground in Kolkata. The Kangaroo team’s dominance was completely visible in this match, in which they restricted South Africa’s innings to just 212. Although while chasing the target, Australia lost 7 wickets till the score of 193, but they achieved this target in 47.2 overs and secured their place in the final.
The title match will be played between India and Australia
The Indian team had secured its place in the final by defeating New Zealand in the first semi-final. At the same time, Australia has also confirmed its place in the final for the eighth time in the history of the World Cup. Now the final match between the two teams will be played on 19th November at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Earlier, both the teams had played against each other in the final of the 2003 ODI World Cup and Australia had won it.
After the defeat in the semi-finals, the African captain told where the mistake happened
South African captain Temba Bavuma looked extremely disappointed after the World Cup semi-final defeat against Australia. He said after the match that this defeat cannot be described in words, first of all congratulations to Australia. Best wishes to him for the finals. He played really well today. The way we started with bat and ball proved to be the decisive moment of this match and it was here that we lost the game.
We are ready to face India in the final – Steve Smith
After the victory in the second semi-final against South Africa, Australian team’s key player Steve Smith made a big statement before the final match against India. Smith said that we are fully prepared for this challenge. India has played very well in this tournament so far and they have not faced defeat in a single match. This is going to be a big challenge for us when more than 1 lakh 30 thousand spectators will be present in the stadium.
Quinton de Kock played his last ODI match
With the defeat against Australia in the semi-finals of the World Cup 2023, this also proved to be the last match of South African team’s wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock in his ODI career. De Kock had a brilliant performance with the bat in this World Cup in which he scored 594 runs in 10 innings at an average of 59.40 and also played 4 centuries.
David Warner becomes part of special club with Sachin-Rohit
Australian team’s opening batsman David Warner played an inning of 29 runs in 18 balls in the semi-final match against South Africa. With this, he has now become the third player in the history of ODI World Cup to score 500 plus runs twice in one edition. Earlier this feat was recorded only in the names of Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma.
Shubman Gill gave a big update on his fitness
Shubman Gill had to return to the pavilion due to muscle strain while batting in the semi-final match against New Zealand. However, later he did not appear to be in any trouble while fielding. While giving an update on his fitness after the match, Gill said that due to humidity and the after-effects of dengue, he had strained his hamstring. I will be fine for the finals.
Rohit Sharma can equal this big record of Ricky Ponting
Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, the Indian team has performed brilliantly so far in the ODI World Cup 2023, winning all the matches. With this, Rohit has now come very close to equaling a special record of legendary former Australian captain Ricky Ponting. If the Indian team is successful in winning the final match, then Rohit Sharma will become the second captain in the history of the World Cup under whose leadership the team has won 11 consecutive matches.
Mohammad Hafeez got important responsibility in Pakistan cricket
After the poor performance of Pakistan cricket team in the World Cup 2023, Babar Azam has given up the responsibility of captaincy in all three formats. Former team player Mohammad Hafeez has been appointed director of the Pakistani team in place of Mickey Arthur. Hafeez will also accompany the Pakistan team on the upcoming Australia tour and new coaching staff will also be appointed on his advice.
India beats Kuwait in FIFA World Cup qualifiers
The Indian football team has started with a win in the second qualifier round of the FIFA World Cup 2026. Under the captaincy of Sunil Chhetri, the Indian football team faced Kuwait at the Jaber Al Ahmed International Stadium and won the match 1-0. Now India’s next match in Group-A will be against Qatar team at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on 21st November.
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