South Africa Misses World Cup Final for the 5th Time.

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In a heart-wrenching turn at the World Cup 2023, South Africa faced their fifth semifinal defeat, losing to perennial rivals Australia by 3 wickets at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. The Proteas’ dreams of ODI glory were dashed once more in the penultimate showdown, leaving fans and players in disappointment at this familiar hurdle.

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The South African cricket team embarked on a promising World Cup 2023 journey in India, dominating initial matches against Sri Lanka and Australia. Despite encountering challenges and surprising outcomes, South Africa maintained their competitive edge, securing a semi-final spot after finishing second, trailing only behind the undefeated India. This resilient performance showcased the team’s prowess. As they progressed, the South African cricket squad faced adversity but emerged stronger, a testament to their determination. Now, positioned in the semi-finals, they stand on the brink of achieving World Cup glory.

After a lackluster 2019 campaign, South Africa entered the 2023 edition with renewed optimism, boasting a formidable team. Impressively, they emerged as the second-strongest team in the league stage, closely following India. Their batting prowess shone, with four totals surpassing 300, including three exceeding 350. Despite occasional hiccups in chases, South Africa struck fear into opponents when setting targets. In 2019, only three victories, two in the last two games, contrast sharply with their 2023 performance. The team’s evolution and dominant displays set the stage for a promising World Cup run.

Opting to bat in the World Cup 2023 semi-final against Australia, South Africa faced early setbacks at 24 for 4, with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood wreaking havoc. Despite Quinton de Kock’s early exit, David Miller’s remarkable century (101 off 115 balls) propelled the Proteas to 212. Yet, Australia’s formidable lineup easily chased the target. South Africa’s history in ODI World Cups is marred by heartbreaking semi-final defeats, each leaving fans pondering ‘what-ifs.’ From the rain rule in 1992 to the last-ball heartbreak in 2015, the Proteas seek to shed the ‘chokers’ label and clinch the elusive trophy.

In the 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup, South Africa faced England in the semi-finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 22, 1992. The match was controversial due to the rain rule, impacting South Africa’s chase. England set a target of 252, with Graeme Hick’s stellar performance.

Rain interrupted, and a peculiar revision left South Africa needing 22 runs off one ball, leading to their defeat. In the 1999 World Cup semi-final against Australia at Edgbaston, a tie ensued with a dramatic run-out between Allan Donald and Lance Klusener. Despite the excitement, Australia advanced due to a superior net run rate, adding to South Africa’s history of crucial setbacks.

In the 2007 World Cup semi-final, South Africa faced Australia at Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia. Despite their efforts, the Proteas couldn’t match Australia’s intensity, leading to a comprehensive victory. Fast forward to the 2015 semi-final against New Zealand in Auckland, where rain affected the match. The Proteas set a challenging target, but New Zealand’s Grant Elliot secured a last-over victory with a six off Dale Steyn. This heart-wrenching defeat marked another missed opportunity for South Africa in reaching the World Cup final. With both semi-final setbacks, the elusive final appearance persisted for the Proteas.


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