Proteas David Miller

Proteas batsman David Miller hits a boundary. Image: Cricket South Africa

INNINGS REPORT: Ton-up Miller steers woeful Proteas past 200-mark

The Proteas just about managed to set a competitive score of 212 runs for Australia to chase, thanks to a superb century from David Miller.

Proteas David Miller

Proteas batsman David Miller hits a boundary. Image: Cricket South Africa

The Proteas produced one of their most pathetic batting performances in the Cricket World Cup semi-final against Australia, but David Miller stepped in to rescue South Africa from utter humiliation.

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After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma and his opening partner skipped out onto the field to bat.

But it wasn’t long before their partnership was broken, with Bavuma — who admitted before the game that he is not fully fit — falling for a four-ball duck.

And when Quinton de Kock tried to take on Hazlewood in the sixth over, he ended up ballooning a catch towards the mid-on region. Pat Cummins held on to a brilliant take.

The Proteas were also challenged by some great fielding from Australia, especially veteran David Warner, who wasn’t shy of throwing himself around the field. A big task lay ahead for Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram. 

However, Starc and Cummins proved to be too good in those conditions. Markram was dismissed while trying to pierce through the point, while Van der Dussen fell in the very next over when he edged one to the second slip. South Africa were four down before rain arrived to halt play. 

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After resumption, attacking play from Miller lifted the Proteas’ effort. A number of fours and sixes flew from his willow, even as the South Africa rate picked up. He got good support from Heinrich Klaasen, who hit a couple of lusty blows against Adam Zampa to get going. Proteas seemed to be building up towards a fighting total before Travis Head turned the game around with his part-time spin. 

The tweaker cleaned up Klaasen (47) after the batter missed one that came in completely. Off the very next ball, he had Marco Jansen trapped lbw for a duck.

South Africa’s chances of reaching a competitive score rested on Miller’s chances, and he delivered with a defiant century.

The number six and Gerald Coetzee put on 53 runs before Coetzee departed caught behind for 19, although replays suggested that he would have survived had he reviewed the decision.

But Miller continued in style, bringing up his hundred with a six off the Australian skipper, only for the centurion to fall two balls later and miss out on the chance of a late flurry with two-and-a-half overs of the innings remaining.

That left Kagiso Rabada and Tabraiz Shamsi at the crease to try and accumulate as many runs as possible off the last couple of overs. Still, their contributions of 10 and one, respectively, only lifted the Proteas to a paltry 212 runs all out.


Proteas David Miller
Proteas batsman David Miller raises his bat. Image: Cricket South Africa