In 1992, South Africa defeated Australia by 9 wickets in their opening game of the tournament. It was skipper Kepler Wessels who led to team to a handsome win with an unbeaten 81 while chasing down a target of 171. But since then, whenever these two teams have met in a World Cup, it has all been about Australia. While some were huge losses, the others were heartbreaking defeats for the Proteas. Though, after 27 years, it is the South African skipper – Faf du Plessis – who led his team to glory yet again.
The 34-year-old led his troops from the front by registering his 12th ODI century. He found just enough assistance from the other batsmen and then the bowlers to register a 10-run win. Thus, South Africa made a gracious exit out of the tournament by registering wins in their final two games.
Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen lead the charge with the bat
After electing to bat first, the Proteas got off to a good start with the openers adding 79 runs together. While Aiden Markram scored 34, Quinton de Kock went on a make a half-century. But the man who stole the show was Faf du Plessis with a terrific hundred.
However, he couldn’t convert that into a big one and got out exactly after reaching the triple figures off 94 balls. After he fell in the 43rd over, Rassie van der Dussen took the responsibility of finishing the innings. He scored 95 runs off 97 balls as he propelled South Africa to 325/6 in what was their best batting performance of the tournament.
Australia finish second on the points table
Australia was in trouble quite early in the chase. They lost Aaron Finch and Steve Smith for 3 and 7 runs respectively. Usman Khawaja, who had troubles with his hamstring, scored 18 runs. With Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell also departing early, they were reduced to 119/4 in this steep chase. However, David Warner wasn’t to throw the towel in easily.
He recorded his 17th ODI century and scored 122 runs. The left-hander found enough support from Alex Carey who scored a brilliant 85. Yet, their efforts fell short as Australia lost the match by 10 runs. Twitterati had several different reactions to this game. While they praised the efforts of Faf du Plessis and David Warner, some of them wished Kagiso Rabada performed better earlier in the tournament. They even seemed to be excited about an England-Australia clash yet again before the Ashes.
Here is how Twitterati reacted for the Proteas’ win:
Well done my love @davidwarner31 on another terrific century for your country. I know the result wasn’t what the team was after but what a week you’ve had. Isla got to watch her daddy for the first time today and you didn’t disappoint. We love you. #proud pic.twitter.com/p2rkbk4Cc2
— Candice Warner (@CandyFalzon) July 6, 2019
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) July 6, 2019
Tough campaign but Great to see the shows of character from some of our boys. #CWC19
Look forward to debating it with you.
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) July 6, 2019
— Siddhant (@Siddhant_x3) July 6, 2019
— devi kar (@i_instru) July 6, 2019
— Sunny Saharan (@SunnyS_111) July 6, 2019
Australia at Edgbaston:
Last ODI win: 1993 [Lost 3, N/R 4, Tie 1 since then]
Last International win: 2001 [Lost 8, N/R 4, Draw 1 since then]
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) July 6, 2019
Most MoM awards in #CWC19
4 – Rohit Sharma
3 – Shakib, Warner
2 – Bairstow, Finch, Williamson#AusvSA
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) July 6, 2019
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) July 6, 2019
We know that you’ve not played at Edgbaston in #CWC19 but trust us, it’s a beautiful pitch and you’ll enjoy batting there too.
Warm regards… 🙏
On a serious note—what a player. Did he ever go away?? #AusvSA
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 6, 2019
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 6, 2019
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