The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 has reached its business end, with the group stage coming to a close. The four teams that have qualified for the semi-finals are India, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The semi-finals will be held on November 15th and 16th, 2023, in Mumbai and Kolkata, respectively.
India, the most dominant side of the World Cup 2023, will take on New Zealand in the first semi-final. India has won all eight of their matches in the tournament so far and is guaranteed to finish at the top of the table irrespective of the result of their final preliminary round game against Netherlands.
New Zealand, on the other hand, had a topsy-turvy World Cup. They won their first four games of the tournament but lost their next four games on the trot against India, South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan. However, they secured a thumping win against Sri Lanka in their final game to take them to 10 points.
In the second semi-final, South Africa will take on Australia in a repeat of the iconic 1999 game at the same stage. South Africa finished second in the preliminary round with seven wins and two losses at the end of the preliminary round. They have been the best batting side of the tournament.
However, their weaknesses against chasing have been a concern, as both of the games they lost against Netherlands and India were while batting second. Australia, on the other hand, have been pretty impressive in the World Cup 2023.
They began with two straight losses to India and South Africa but followed it up with six straight wins. They confirmed their place in the final four with a win over Afghanistan, where Glenn Maxwell played a historic knock, becoming the first batter to score an ODI double hundred while chasing.
- The first semi-final will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on November 15th, 2023, at 2 PM.
- IST. The second semi-final will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 16th, 2023, at 2 PM IST.
The winners of the semi-finals will advance to the final, which will be held on November 19th, 2023, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
I hope this information helps you stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.