‘Isko chhodke sab chokers hain team me’ – Fans react as David Miller smashes wonderful century in ODI World Cup 2023 semi-final against Australia



The ODI World Cup 2023 2nd semi-final witnessed a brilliant batting display from South African left-hander David Miller. He emerged as the hero for South Africa with a remarkable century against Australia at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 16. 

Facing adversity after a challenging start from the top-order batters, Miller’s responsible innings not only steadied the ship but propelled South Africa to a respectable total. Fans erupted in joy as Miller’s brilliant century showcased his resilience and prowess under pressure. His impactful performance has not only revitalised South Africa’s innings but has set the stage for a competitive clash.

Brilliant bowling display by Australian bowlers

Talking about the match, South Africa won the toss and chose to bat. However, Australia came out with the bit between their teeth. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were relentless with their lines and lengths and created pressure on the Proteas from the very first over of the match. 

Starc dismissed skipper Temba Bavuma on a duck and a few overs later, South Africa’s in-form batter Quinton de Kock also went back to the pavilion. It has led to South Africa scoring just 28 runs in the first 12 overs and losing 4 wickets. 

South Africa’s finishers Heinrich Klaasen and Miller started batting together in the 12th over of the innings. Two overs later, rain made an appearance and South Africa were 44/4 in 14 overs. The match resumed just over 50 minutes later with no overs lost. Miller and Klaasen have not just ensured that they don’t lose another wicket since resumption, they have also started to play their shots and put some pressure on the Australians. 

The stand reached 95 in 113 when Travis Head dismissed Klaasen on 47 off 48 in the 31st over. He then got Marco Jansen off the very next ball and Australia were right back on top. Miller then crossed his 25th ODI half-century in the next over. A few lusty blows from Kagiso Rabada in the end helped South Africa to achieve a total of 212 runs.

Here’s how fans reacted:

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