Such a pity and Australia and South Africa who, over the years, have produced one of the greatest rivalries in cricket, will feature in a game of no consequence at Manchester on Saturday. Twenty years back in England, these two sides produced back-to-back fascinating games which concluded in the Edgbaston humdinger. Things have been drastically different this time.
Knocked out of the World Cup 2019, South Africa finally produced a clincal performance at Chester-le-Street against Sri Lanka to register their second win of the tournament. After cleaning up Sri Lanka for 203, South Africa chased down the target with ease thanks to unbeaten knocks of 96 and 80 from skipper Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla respectively.
South Africa may have got some points on board following their comprehensive victory over Afghanistan, but they will definitely start as underdogs when the face the sublime New Zealand in match number 25 of World Cup 2019 at Brimingham.