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World Cup 2000 - Match Reports

Semi Finals

Men - Australia vs South Africa

New Zealand have already booked themselves a place in the Grand Final, and this game determines the other GF berth.

On form, it's hard to pick South Africa. Australia have not been seriously challenged so far this tournament. Finals can of course be a very different game, but the all-round skill and experience of the Australians should serve them well and shepherd them into yet another World Cup Grand Final against New Zealand.

South Africa batted first, scoring 66. The first pair made 22, the second finished on a minus score, the third batted very well, and the last pair made around 15 (okay, it was very noisy on the 'phone, alright? ;-)

J. Otto and C. Matthews are batting first for Australia, and we can report the stunning news that they have just made 4 off the first 3 balls ..... :-)

10 overs gone now, and Australia are 42. South Africa managed to put the second Aussie pair under a bit of pressure, but the current (3rd) pair are recovering. Millsy (batting) reportedly looks very nervous at the moment. We could be heading for a very tight finish ....

Yes indeed. Who was it said finals can be very different? With 3 balls to go, Australia are still 1 run behind.
Two scored off the second-last ball puts Australia in front by one run.
No score off the last ball and Australia hang on to win. A very lucky escape for the reigning World Champions, and a fantastic turn-around from South Africa.

Australia 67 defeat South Africa 66.

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