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ICC World Cup 2019: Match 45, Australia vs South Africa – Best Memes from the Match

The semi-finals fixtures have finally been decided.

Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius of South Africa
Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius of South Africa. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

South Africa has had a disappointing campaign in the 2019 World Cup. However, the Faf du Plessis-captained unit won back-to-back games to end their journey on a high. In their last match of the tournament, they defeated Australia by 10 runs at the Old Trafford in Manchester. It means that their semi-final will be against England at the Edgbaston. India and New Zealand will face off in Manchester.

After electing to bat first, the Proteas got off to a thunderous start as Aiden Markram (34) and Quinton de Kock (52) put on 79 in 11.3 overs. Nathan Lyon gave Australia its first breakthrough, getting rid of Markram. De Kock notched his fifty off 43 balls and he became Lyon’s second victim. Thereafter, Faf du Plessis (100) and Rassie van der Dussen (95) stitched a 151-run stand to help their team take control.

The Proteas skipper couldn’t get a ton against Sri Lanka, but he made amends, getting his 12th ODI century off 93 balls. Jason Behrendorff got rid of him to separate the duo. Unfortunately, Van der Dussen couldn’t accomplish the milestone and got out to Pat Cummins in the last ball of the innings. For the Aussies, apart from Lyon, Mitchell Starc finished with two wickets- JP Duminy and Dwaine Pretorius.

Warner and Carey try valiantly

Australia didn’t have a great start as Imran Tahir removed Aaron Finch (33). Usman Khawaja (18) pulled his hamstring and had to retire hurt. Pretorius trapped Steve Smith in front to dent the Men in Yellow’s hopes. Marcus Stoinis (22) looked good and a smart piece of work from De Kock led to his run-out. Kagiso Rabada bounced out Glenn Maxwell. At the other end, David Warner (122) looked determined.

He blended caution with aggression and notched his 17th ODI ton at a run-a-ball. Alex Carey (85) gave him apt support and their century stand was raised in 82 balls. It eventually needed an impressive catch from Chris Morris to send back Warner. Morris nipped out Carey to put the Proteas on the driver’s seat. An injured-Khawaja came and the left-hander had Starc for the company in the death overs.

The duo somehow kept the required rate under check. Rabada conceded 17 runs off the 48th over and the target was down to 25 off the last couple of overs. Kagiso cleaned up Khawaja to send Australia’s last recognised batsman back in the hut. Rabada also rattled Mitchell Starc’s woodwork. With 18 runs needed off the last over, Phehlukwayo dismissed Lyon to seal the fate of the encounter.

Here are the best memes from the game:

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