Quinton de Kock kicked off the 2023 World Cup with back-to-back tons

Australia managed to dismiss both batters before they could reach peak form, but their fielding performance left much to be desired. Josh Inglis, who replaced Alex Carey in the XI, had a forgettable day behind the stumps, setting the tone for Australia's shaky fielding display. 

Missed opportunities in the outfield continued to plague them, making the platform established by De Kock and Markram all the more menacing.

The Death Overs Challenge

As Australia found their rhythm and perfected their lines, lengths, and pace variations in the death overs, scoring became a formidable task. Mitchell Starc emerged as the standout bowler for Australia, particularly during the death overs. 

Although his figures may not fully capture his impactful contributions, he delivered a brilliant final over, conceding just one run and igniting Australia's momentum.

South Africa managed only 79 runs from the final 60 balls—a trend noted in this World Cup, where teams often struggle to accelerate during the death overs. 

Nevertheless, South Africa's innings, marked by a par score, was inarguably shaped by Australia's early bowling lapses and their costly dropped catches.

With South Africa posting 311/7 in their allotted 50 overs, the stage is now set for a gripping showdown. Unless dew makes an unexpected appearance, the Proteas have presented a challenging target for Australia, igniting anticipation for a thrilling battle in the ongoing World Cup.