Aakash Chopra picks Aussies as favourites in the semi-final clash vs South Africa
By SMCS - Nov 12, 2023 11:39 am
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Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra expects India and Australia to win their respective semi-final matches and face each other in the 2023 World Cup final. The Indian team will take on New Zealand in the first semi-final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday, November 15. Meanwhile, the Aussies will play against South Africa in the other last-four clash on Thursday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

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In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra added that Aussies are favourites against the Proteas. He also predicted a repeat of the 2003 World Cup final.

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He said: “South Africa and Australia are at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively. That match will be at the Eden Gardens. Whichever way I see it, although Australia lost to South Africa in Lucknow, here I feel the scales are tilted towards Australia. Australia’s bowling is still looking weak to me. To be fair, it’s not looking the same bowling attack, but rule them out at your own peril. There is a good chance – India vs Australia on the 19th at the Narendra Modi Stadium. There are extremely bright chances of all this happening.”

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Meanwhile, Team India and Australia are two of the most successful teams in the history of the World Cup. While the Aussies have won the title five times, Team India have lifted the trophy on two occasions, the joint-second-most alongside the West Indies.

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“Australia have demolished Bangladesh. They opted to bowl first after winning the toss, didn’t play Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell, and played Steve Smith. They conceded a lot of runs but after that, a storm named Mitchell Marsh came. He destroyed them. David Warner and Steve Smith also scored fifties but if someone scores more than 175, you say he has hit a lot. He hit nine sixes and 17 fours. If you chase 307 runs in 44.4 overs, it means you have done an amazing job,” Aakash Chopra concluded.