Mistakes costly as South Africa miss out on World Cup final

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South Africa missed out on the Cricket World Cup final after losing to Australia by three wickets at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.

Captain Temba Bavuma’s decision to bat first after winning the toss backfired as South Africa scored just 212 runs in 10 overs. The match was marred by a series of errors, including missed catches and poor batting choices.

In contrast, Australia showed their usual never-say-die attitude to chase down the target with 16 balls to spare. David Warner partnered Travis Head in a good start of 60 runs and Head went on to top the scores with 62.

Mistakes costly as South Africa miss out on World Cup final

South Africa countered with three-post wickets from time to time but still could not stop the run rate of the team. Substitute Reeza Hendricks bowled Hyde midway through the 40-yard session and the left-hander punished the South Africans with a flurry of boundaries.

Hyde was penalized again on 57 yards when Heinrich Klaasen missed a sliding catch off the foot of Tabraiz Shamsi. The left-arm spin duo of Keshav Maharaj and Shamsi played well, but their efforts were marred by sloppy defense and poor decision-making by their teammates.

In the end, South Africa’s mistakes were costly as they rue the missed opportunities. On the other hand, Australia will face India in the final on Sunday.

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