Faf du Plessis, SA beat AUS

CWC 2019: Twitter erupts as Faf du Plessis-led South Africa beat Australia; ensure India finish as table toppers

It came six weeks too late but the South Africa of old – the ruthless, dominant side which has been a force to reckon with in world cricket – was on display as they bowed out of the ICC World Cup 2019 with a 10-run victory over Australia at the Old Trafford on Saturday.

It wasn’t an easy task though as David Warner (122) and Alex Carey (85) threatened to take the game away but the Proteas held their nerves to end on a winning note.


The result meant that India finished the league stage as table toppers and will now face New Zealand in the first semi-finals on Tuesday while Australia will face England on Thursday.

Led by Faf du Plessis’ 100 and Rassie van der Dussen’s 95, South Africa posted a formidable 325/6 on the board in their 50 overs. The Proteas bowlers then did the job efficiently but Warner, who has hardly put a foot wrong the whole tournament smoked his 17th ODI ton yet wasn’t able to take his side over the line.

Australia eventually was restricted to 315 in 49.5 overs.


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