KOLKATA, India (AFP) -Travis Head starred with bat and ball as Australia set up a “special” World Cup final clash with India after a tense three-wicket win over South Africa in Kolkata on Thursday.
Chasing a tricky 213 for victory, Australia wobbled after Head hit 62 but Steve Smith (30) and Josh Inglis (28) helped the five-time champions reach their target with 16 balls to spare in the second semi-final in Kolkata.
“It’s hard to unpack all of that. I didn’t move for the past couple of hours. It was a tense finish and an amazing game,” said Head.
As Australia reached an eighth World Cup final, South Africa were left to rue a fifth semi-final loss despite David Miller’s 101.
It was particularly painful for the Proteas who had routed Australia by 134 runs in a group stage game at Lucknow four weeks ago.
Australia slipped to 137-5 and then 193-7 before Mitchell Starc (16) and skipper Pat Cummins (14) kept their nerve to steer the team home.
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