We spoke about how South Africa wanted to win the toss and bat first, effectively the stats again up the truth that South Africa merely can not chase.
South Africa has misplaced twice in the match thus far — to India and the Netherlands — and each occasions they have been chasing.
The different occasions South Africa batted second, they limped to a one-wicket victory over Pakistan with simply 16 balls to spare however, importantly, beat Afghanistan by 5 wickets with 15 balls remaining in their closing pool stage match.
“We are probably 50-50 when chasing and we would like to improve that, of course,” mentioned Rassie van der Dussen, whose unbeaten 76 from 95 balls helped South Africa recover from the road in Ahmedabad in opposition to Afghanistan.
South Africa are, in truth, precisely 50:50 when batting second, each general in ODIs in 2023 and at the Cricket World Cup.
This 12 months South Africa has misplaced 5 of the ten video games they’ve performed when chasing — with two of these wins coming with 16 or fewer balls to spare — and are 2-2 at the World Cup.
However, when South Africa has batted first, they’ve received 10 of the 11 matches they’ve performed in 2023, profitable five-from-five at the World Cup.
That one defeat? It got here in opposition to Australia.
South Africa’s common run fee at the World Cup when batting second is a paltry 4.70.
It’s 7.51 runs per over after they bat first.
Good toss to win, then.
Have a learn of all of the stats heading into the semifinals proper right here.