World Cup 2019: Australia to face England in semi-finals after loss to SA
London : Australia will now face fierce rival England in the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after they lost their last league match against South Africa by 10 runs, slipping to second spot on the points table.
Faf du Plessis' 93-ball 100 underpinned South Africa's 325-6 in Manchester, and two pieces of magic from wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock — a cheeky run-out and a leaping, one-handed catch — left the Australians struggling on 119-4, with batsman Usman Khawaja also retired hurt.
David Warner slammed a brilliant 122 runs but failed to save his team from the last over defeat.
Khawaja (18), with his injured left hamstring, came out to bat at the death but didn't last long and Australia needed 18 to win off the last over.
Slipping on to the second spot on the points table, Australia will now travel south to Birmingham to play the tournament host two days later in the second semi-final.
It's another huge England-Australia match in a summer that will conclude with the Ashes series. Either the world's top-ranked ODI side or the defending champion will be eliminated.
"Yeah, it's going to be a blockbuster," said Australian captain Aaron Finch. "It doesn't get much bigger than that, Australia vs. England in the World Cup semifinals."
Group winner India will take on New Zealand in the other semifinal.