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As the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semifinal between Australia and South Africa approaches, the Proteas’ captain, Temba Bavuma, expresses confidence in his team’s potential while acknowledging the formidable challenge posed by the five-time champions, Australia.

Date and Time:

  • Thursday, November 16, 2023, 2 pm (08:30 GMT) Venue:
  • Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India

South Africa, historically halted in the semifinals, is eager to break through and reach their first World Cup final. Despite facing a team with an illustrious tournament history, Bavuma believes in his team’s positive momentum, having won seven out of nine group matches.

“With the way we’ve performed as a team, it’s obviously created a lot of positive sentiments and obviously high expectation,” Bavuma remarked. “A lot of people believe that this could be the year that we see ourselves in the final. As a team and individually, we’d like nothing better than that.”

While South Africa secured a convincing victory against Australia in a group match last month, Bavuma emphasizes the need to respect Australia’s experience and confidence in knockout games. He acknowledges that the Proteas face a formidable opponent and looks to build on their own performances and processes to secure a positive outcome.

Australia, having rebounded from initial defeats to secure seven consecutive wins, enters the semifinals with momentum. Captain Pat Cummins highlighted the team’s wealth of experience from previous title wins, drawing inspiration from Glenn Maxwell’s recent heroics.

Cummins stated, “I think what helps us is we’ve got a lot of guys that have been in this situation before that have won the one-day World Cup, T20 World Cup, various other tournaments in big moments.”

The Proteas, while acknowledging a normal level of anxiety, are equipped with solutions and mechanisms to navigate the pressure of the semifinal. As the cricket world eagerly awaits this clash of titans, the battle between Australia and South Africa promises to be a thrilling spectacle at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

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