Australia Narrowly Lose To South Africa, Now Face England In World Cup
Australia will have to take the hard road to the World Cup final after David Warner's heroics couldn't stop them from falling 10 runs short of a thrilling chase against South Africa.
Chasing 326 for victory to top the ladder, Australia left Old Trafford battered and bruised after being plunged into a sudden-death semi-final against England on Thursday.
Warner hit 122 and Alex Carey's 89 gave Australia late hope, but they were all out for 315 on the second last ball.
Usman Khawaja's hamstring will be a point of concern after he retired hurt before later returning, while Mitchell Starc and Marcus Stoinis both sought assistance from the physio.
The loss dropped Australia to second on the World Cup ladder at the end of the rounds, missing out on the chance to stay in Manchester and face fourth-placed New Zealand in Tuesday's semi-final.
That task will now fall to India, who beat Sri Lanka on Saturday to claim top spot.
In pursuit of their biggest successful chase in World Cup history, Australia were on the back foot from the opening overs when Aaron Finch punched Imran Tahir to cover on three.
After Khawaja retired hurt on six, Smith followed on seven when he was trapped lbw by Dwaine Pretorius when he jumped across his stumps.
Stoinis (22) was then run out by a nice piece of work from wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, after he and Warner steadied the ship with a 62-run stand.
Stoinis had also sought assistance from the physio during his innings, just weeks after returning from a side strain.
But while Glenn Maxwell fell for 12, all the while Warner was in control.
He pulled the ball brilliantly and manipulated the field the more his 117-ball innings went on.
He and Carey looked to give Australia a chance with a 108-run stand from 90 balls, before Warner fell to a sensational Chris Morris catch at mid-on.
Carey kept up the fight with 11 boundaries and one six, but he holed out at deep cover with five overs to go.
Khawaja finished on 18 before he ramped Kagiso Rabada onto his own stumps, before Starc (16) and Nathan Lyon followed.
Lyon had earlier been Australia's best with the ball, taking 2-53 after South Africa flew out of the blocks.
He removed both Aiden Markram (34) and de Kock (52), before Faf du Plessis hit 100 and Rassie van der Dussen (95) in their 6-325.
Carey pulled off a neat bit of work to stump Markram, but was left to rue a missed stumping off Maxwell when van der Dussen was on four.
Starc went the journey early and at one stage appeared to be battling a knee issue, but later returned to take 2-59.
That took him to 26 wickets for the tournament, equal with Glenn McGrath's 2007 record for the most scalps in a single World Cup.