South Africa National Cricket Team pacer Gerald Coetzee cleaned up the Australia National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batter Josh Inglis with an excellent yorker in the second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday, November 16.
Josh Inglis scored 28 runs off 49 deliveries, with 3 fours, in the low-scoring thriller against South Africa, but his runs were extremely crucial and played a massive role in Australia’s victory in the game.
Josh Inglis was involved in two decent partnerships with Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc. He added 37 runs in 59 balls with Smith and 19 runs in 38 balls with Mitchell Starc which helped Australia gain some momentum in the match.
His innings was cut short in the 40th over, which was bowled by emerging pacer Gerald Coetzee. On the 5th ball of the over, the right-arm quick bowled a perfect yorker and Josh Inglis had no answers to that. The batter’s stumps were rattled and the dismissal brought some life back in the game for South Africa.
Watch – Gerald Coetzee Rattles Josh Inglis’ Stumps
In the end, South Africa faced a 3-wicket loss, and speaking after the match skipper Temba Bavuma said that they showed a lot of resilience. He said:
“Cannot put it into words, first of all congratulations to Australia. Good luck to them in the final. They played really well today. Our character came through today. We showed a lot of resilience.”
Temba Bavuma further said that the poor start with the bat cost them the game. He further lauded David Miller for hitting an absolutely sensational ton on the semi-final stage. He elaborated:
“The way we started with the bat and the ball was the telling point, that’s where we lost the game. The conditions combined with the quality of their attack, they really put us under pressure. You’re always going to struggle to put up a competitive total when you’re 24/4.
“We were gaining some momentum when Miller and Klaasen were out there but unfortunately he (Klaasen) couldn’t carry on a bit longer. Miller’s innings was superb, really highlights the character of the entire team, it was extraordinary to do that in such a pressure situation and in a World Cup semi-final.”