Who will join India in the World Cup Final?: Expectedly, hosts India have qualified for the World Cup 2023 final.
The undefeated Rohit Sharma’s team defeated Kane Williamson’s New Zealand side on Wednesday at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai by 70 runs. ‘KING’ Virat Kohli became the first-ever cricketer to slam 50 ODI centuries; Shreyas Iyer recorded a second consecutive hundred, and Mohammed Shami recorded the best-ever figures by an Indian bowler in ODIs with his 7-wicket haul.
The Men In Blue will have an opportunity to win their third ODI World Cup trophy this Sunday in front of over 130,000 fans, mostly Indians, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Who India face in the final is now the remaining question.
World Cup 2023 Final Prediction: The second semi-final of the World Cup will feature the Pat Cummins-led Australian team and Temba Bavuma’s South Africa. This potentially thrilling encounter will be played out on Thursday at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Five-time World Cup winners, Australia now are just two wins away from a sixth world title, while South Africa are in the semi-finals for the fifth time but have never reached the final. They have twice lost the semi-final to Australia already.
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In that epic semi-final in 1999 at Edgbaston, Australia broke the Protea hearts: the match ended in a tie, but Australia progressed to the final by virtue of finishing higher in the Super Six round. In the 2007 semi-final in the West Indies, Glenn McGrath led a rout of the South Africans. In the 2015 semi-final, it was Grant Elliott’s six on the penultimate ball of their chase in Auckland that forced the likes of AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel bursting into tears on the field. The choking history of South Africa had started in the 1992 semi-final against England in a controversial rain-hit result.
For Australia, it may be yet another ICC knockout match, but it’s a big chance for a number of their senior players to add more to their already rich legacies. The likes of Smith, Warner, Starc, Cummins, Maxwell, and Hazlewood already have multiple ICC titles on their resume. A World Cup win in India might then take the top position among all.
Who will join India in the World Cup Final?
Considering the conditions in Kolkata and the recent form of both teams, Australia are favorites to beat South Africa in the semi-final and join India in the World Cup 2023 final.