T20 World Cup Wrap: David Warner proves doubters wrong as Australia secure semi-final sport

A defining day of T20 World Cup action saw Australia book their place in the semi-finals, while South Africa fell just short despite beating group leaders England. 

Here’s a wrap of all the T20 World Cup action overnight…


Australia have strolled into the T20 World Cup semi-finals after an impressive eight-wicket win over West Indies on Saturday night. 

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard gave his team a vital boost with the bat as his 44 runs allowed them to post a modest total of 157 for the Aussies to chase down. 

Chris Gayle managed just 15 runs in what could have been his last international cricket match at the age of 42. 

Warner, whose form had been questioned coming into the tournament, ensured Australia made light work of their run chase as he smashed an unbeaten 89 off 56 balls. 

Mitch Marsh also chipped in with a handy 53 runs as Justin Langer’s side surpassed West Indies’ total with eight wickets and 3.4 overs to spare. 

“We held our nerve. Warner is a super player and has been for a long time. A lot of people doubted him and I can’t understand why,” captain Aaron Finch said post-match. 

With Warner himself adding: “It felt satisfying to be there at the end and hit the winning runs. I just played my natural game, targeting the bowlers up front. Mitch Marsh came in and played an outstanding knock as well.”

The Aussies will now likely face Pakistan in the semi-finals willing they don’t slip up against Scotland on Monday morning.


After seeing Australia’s win, South Africa knew they needed a big victory against England to snare the semi-final spot from Langer’s outfit. 

The Proteas did what they needed to with the bat as an unbeaten 94 from Rassie van der Dussen saw South Africa hit 189-2. 

England, who had won all four of their previous matches at the World Cup, needed to be restricted to just 131 runs or fewer for the Proteas to advance instead of Australia. 

But despite falling 10 runs short in the end, England never looked likely of a bigger stumble and sealed top spot in the group as a result of the narrow loss. 

Kagiso Rabada claimed a hat-trick in the final over for South Africa as they exited the tournament with a bang. 

England also suffered a big blow in the defeat as opener Jason Roy was forced to retire hurt and seems a major doubt to feature in the knockout stages with New Zealand now looming in the semi-finals. 


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Publish date : 2021-11-06 21:03:02

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