In a pivotal moment for Australian cricket, the national team is gearing up for a high-stakes semi-final clash against South Africa in the ICC Cricket World Cup.
This crucial match, set to be broadcast live and free from India on Channel 9HD and 9Now tonight at 7.00pm, marks a significant step in Australia’s quest for the coveted title.
Leading the charge for Australia is Pat Cummins, who will captain the team in the second semi-final at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. The match, part of the Nine’s Wide World of Sports coverage, promises intense competition with a coveted spot in the final at stake.
The Australian lineup boasts a formidable batting contingent, including Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, and David Warner. Their bowling arsenal is equally impressive, featuring Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, spinner Adam Zampa.
Roz Kelly will host Nine’s commentary, complemented by expert insights from former Australian captain Mark Taylor.
Taylor highlighted the match’s significance, stating,
“Australia versus South Africa sees two very similar teams going head to head for a spot in the World Cup final.
Warner, Marsh, Maxwell and co, taking on Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markham and Heinrich Klaasen, sees explosive batting up against quality fast bowling from Pat Cummins, Kagiso Ramada, Mitchel Starc, Lungi Ngidi, Josh Hazlewood and Marco Jansen – a mouthwatering prospect.
South Africa were too good for Australia in the group stage but the Aussies have lifted since those early encounters.
Zampa’s 22 wickets and Maxwell’s double hundred have been two of the highlights for Australia, but don’t rule out the South Africans who will be itching to make their first World Cup final.
Eden Gardens will be packed for what will be an epic encounter.”
The finals series will be accessible live and free in prime time on Channel 9HD, with 9Now providing live streaming and mini-matches of every game.
The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions, with a reserve day set for Friday, November 17, should inclement weather affect Thursday’s play. In such an event, the Australia vs South Africa match will be broadcast live on Channel 9 at 7.00pm.