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by Cricket World Thursday 7 May 2020
South Africa 325/6(50 Overs) - Faf du Plessis100 (94), Rassie van der Dussen95 (97); Nathan Lyon2/53(10), Mitchell Starc2/59(9)
Australia 315(49.5 Overs) - David Warner122 (117), Alex Carey85 (69); Kagiso Rabada3/56(10), Andile Phehlukwayo2/22(2.5)
Result - South Africa won by 10 runs
Australia would have got themselves a relatively easier semi-final clash against New Zealand had they won their last league match against South Africa. But, they lost the game and slipped to the second place in the points table, having to face England in the semis.
After Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram gave South Africa a 79-run start, it made matters easier for the middle order. Faf du Plessis 100 (94) and Rassie van der Dussen 95 (97) duly cashed in. Although they could not accelerate in the way they would have liked towards the end, 325-6 was still a good score.
In the chase, David Warner recorded his 17th ODI hundred, surpassing Adam Gilchrist (16), but apart from Alex Carey's 85, no other batsman could spend time at the crease. Carey did raise some hope towards the end but Australia were always catching their tail.
Kagiso Rabada and Andile Phehlukwayo shared five wickets between them as the Proteas were able to give a winning farewell to JP Duminy and Imran Tahir who had already announced their retirements.
South Africa finished their disappointing World Cup campaign with only three wins but with a victory over Australia - their first World Cup win against the Aussies since 1992 - they ended on a high.
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