Cricket: World Cup Guide

YESTERDAY'S SEMI-FINAL

Australia v South Africa

EDGBASTON: Match tied. Australia progress to World Cup final by finishing in a higher position in the Super Six stage.

South Africa won toss

AUSTRALIA

Runs 6s 4s Bls Min

A C Gilchrist c Donald b Kallis 20 1 1 39 69

M E Waugh c Boucher b Pollock 0 0 0 4 2

R T Ponting c Kirsten b Donald 37 1 3 48 47

D S Lehmann c Boucher b Donald 1 0 0 4 2

*S R Waugh c Boucher b Pollock 56 1 6 76 106

M G Bevan c Boucher b Pollock 65 0 6 100 142

T M Moody lbw b Pollock 0 0 0 3 1

S K Warne c Cronje b Pollock 18 0 1 24 35

P R Reiffel b Donald 0 0 0 1 0

D W Fleming b Donald 0 0 0 2 0

G D McGrath not out 0 0 0 1 3

Extras (b1 lb6 w3 nb6) 16

Total (49.2 overs) 213

Fall: 1-3, 2-54, 3-58, 4-68, 5-158, 6-158, 7-207, 8-207, 9-207.

Bowling: S M Pollock 9.2-1-36-5, S Elworthy 10-0-59-0, J H Kallis 10- 2-27-1, A A Donald 10-1-32-4, L Klusener 9-1-50-0, W J Cronje 1-0-2-0.

SOUTH AFRICA

Runs 6s 4s Bls Min

G Kirsten b Warne 18 0 1 42 59

H H Gibbs b Warne 30 0 6 36 50

D J Cullinan run out 6 0 0 30 37

*W J Cronje c M E Waugh b Warne 0 0 0 2 2

J H Kallis c S R Waugh b Warne 53 0 3 92 118

J N Rhodes c Bevan b Reiffel 43 1 2 55 69

S M Pollock b Fleming 20 1 1 14 26

L Klusener not out 31 1 4 16 30

M V Boucher b McGrath 5 0 0 10 11

S Elworthy run out 1 0 0 1 2

A A Donald run out 0 0 0 0 5

Extras (lb1 w5) 6

Total (49.4 overs) 213

Fall: 1-48, 2-53, 3-53, 4-61, 5-145, 6-175, 7-183, 8-196, 9-198.

Bowling: G D McGrath 10-0-51-1, D W Fleming 8.4-1-40-1, P R Reiffel 8- 0-28-1, S K Warne 10-4-29-4, M E Waugh 8-0-37-0, T M Moody 5-0-27-0.

Umpires: S Venkataraghavan and D R Shepherd.

PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY

SHANE WARNE

THE AUSTRALIAN wrist-spinner has had no shortage of critics during the past 12 months, but yesterday he replied to them in the strongest terms, removing three of South Africa's top four batsmen and taking the vital wicket of Jacques Kallis to turn the course of the match and instigate his side's incredible advance to the final.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

`Up to the fall of the first wicket, we were looking good'

Hansie Cronje, the disconsolate South Africa captain, struggles to pinpoint what went wrong.

`The most exciting match I've ever played in'

Steve Waugh, his equally speechless Australian counterpart, sums up a memorable day.

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