Australia qualified for the final of the ODI World Cup 2023 by beating South Africa in the second semifinal at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The match proved to be a thriller, as Australia overcame South Africa by just 3 wickets. A sensational bowling effort at the top from Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood ensured that South Africa was bowled out for just 212 runs in the first innings.
Later with the bat, Australian batters gave a flying start and set a perfect platform for the low scoring chase. David Warner and Travis Head raced away to 60 runs in thr first 6 overs. For the batters coming after them, the target seemed much easier. South Africa was in the game thanks to their spinners, who were economical and wicket taking as well. Australia qualified for 8th final in the World Cup.
Australia played the finals in 1975, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015. Now Australia will be playing the final in 2023. Speaking about the challenge ahead of Australia in the final, Steve Smith said that they do not really know hoe to beat India, as the home side has been the best side in the tournament with 10 wins on a row.
'They are the best team and have won 10 matches' - Steve Smith
Smith was asked about it by Shane Watson in the post match interview. Watson asked how would Australia beat India in thr final. Smith replied to saying it was a good question. "I really don’t know. They are the best team and have won 10 matches. India have a strong bowling attack. We will try to give good performance against them," said Smith.
The Australian batter felt that it would be a great experience for him and the players to play in front of a capacity crowd in Ahmedabad. "I'm looking forward to play in front of 1,30,000 people," added Smith. India is yet to lose a match in the tournament. The home side is on a winning streak of 10 wins on a trot. On the other hand, Australia has also been on a winning streak with 8 wins on a row.