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2023 Cricket World Cup knockout stage

The knockout stage of the 2023 Cricket World Cup consisted of two semi-finals, played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 15 November and Eden Gardens in Kolkata on 16 November, and a final, at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on 19 November. The ICC stated that if Pakistan had qualified for the semi-finals, they would have played at Eden Gardens. As India qualified for the semi-finals and Pakistan did not, they played at Wankhede Stadium. All knockout matches had a reserve day.[1]


The host India was the first team to qualify for the semi-finals after their mammoth 302-run win against Sri Lanka, their seventh successive win in the World Cup.[2]

South Africa became the second team to qualify for the semi-finals after Pakistan defeated New Zealand on 4 November; however, with that win, Pakistan kept their hope of the knockout stage alive.[3]

India secured the top place amongst the semi-finalists after they beat South Africa by 243 runs on 5 November at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, accumulating 16 points in 8 matches, as no other team would be able to gather as many points as India in their remaining matches.[4]

Australia became the third team to qualify for the semi-finals after defeating Afghanistan on 7 November, sharing equal points with South Africa, and the two sides played against each other in the semi-finals.[5]

On 11 November at Eden Gardens, England batted first, and scored 337/9 in 50 overs. For Pakistan to qualify for the semi-finals, they had to chase the total in 6.4 overs to surpass New Zealand in net run rate, as the teams had the same number of points. However, after the end of the first innings, New Zealand qualified for the semi-finals as the target was technically never possible to be chased down in 6.4 overs. Hence, New Zealand confirmed their berth in the semi-finals as the fourth team and faced India in the semi-final as they had done in the previous World Cup in 2019.[6]

The match officials for the semi-finals were announced on 13 November 2023.[7]


Semi-finals Final
1  India 397/4 (50 overs)
4  New Zealand 327 (48.5 overs)
SFW1  India 240 (50 overs)
SFW2  Australia 241/4 (43 overs)
2  South Africa 212 (49.4 overs)
3  Australia 215/7 (47.2 overs)


Semi-final 1

15 November 2023
14:00 (D/N)
397/4 (50 overs)
 New Zealand
327 (48.5 overs)
Virat Kohli 117 (113)
Tim Southee 3/100 (10 overs)
Daryl Mitchell 134 (119)
Mohammed Shami 7/57 (9.5 overs)
India won by 70 runs
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Mohammed Shami (Ind)

Semi-final 2

16 November 2023
14:00 (D/N)
South Africa 
212 (49.4 overs)
215/7 (47.2 overs)
David Miller 101 (116)
Mitchell Starc 3/34 (10 overs)
Travis Head 62 (48)
Tabraiz Shamsi 2/42 (10 overs)
Australia won by 3 wickets
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (Eng) and Nitin Menon (Ind)
Player of the match: Travis Head (Aus)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
  • David Miller (SA) became the first South African to score a century in a World Cup knockout match.[14]
  • As a result, Australia qualified for the finals of the World Cup for the eighth time after 1975, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015.
  • Quinton de Kock (SA) played in his last ODI.[15]


19 November 2023
14:00 (D/N)
240 (50 overs)
241/4 (43 overs)
KL Rahul 66 (107)
Mitchell Starc 3/55 (10 overs)
Travis Head 137 (120)
Jasprit Bumrah 2/43 (9 overs)
Australia won by 6 wickets
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Richard Kettleborough (Eng)
Player of the match: Travis Head (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.
  • Australia won their record sixth World Cup title.[16]


  1. ^ "ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 schedule announced". ICC Cricket. Retrieved 27 June 2023.
  2. ^ "Who are best-placed to join India in the semi-finals?". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 November 2023.
  3. ^ "Fabulous Fakhar pulls off stunning chase to keep Pakistan alive". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 November 2023.
  4. ^ "Jadeja razes South Africa for 83 after Kohli scores 49th ODI ton". ESPNcricinfo. 5 November 2023. Retrieved 6 November 2023.
  5. ^ Sportstar, Team (7 November 2023). "World Cup 2023: Australia qualifies for semifinals after stunning win over Afghanistan". Sportstar. Retrieved 8 November 2023.
  6. ^ "It's official! India set up 2023 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in 2019 rematch; Pakistan knocked out". Hindustan Times. 11 November 2023. Retrieved 12 November 2023.
  7. ^ "Match Officials for semifinals announced: Tucker set to reach 100-ODI milestone". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 13 November 2023.
  8. ^ "World Cup 2023: Mohammed Shami plays 100th ODI in high-voltage semi-final against New Zealand". India Today. 15 November 2023. Retrieved 15 November 2023.
  9. ^ "ODI World Cup 2023: India pacer Mohammed Shami reveals why he felt TERRIBLE despite seven wickets vs NZ". WION. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  10. ^ "Mohammed Shami becomes fastest to 50 wickets in ODI World Cup history". Times of India. 15 November 2023. Retrieved 15 November 2023.
  11. ^ "Sensational Virat Kohli Surpasses Sachin Tendulkar With Record-Breaking 50th ODI Ton". The Times of India. 15 November 2023. Retrieved 15 November 2023.
  12. ^ "Virat Kohli surpasses Ricky Ponting, secures 3rd spot in ODI run-scoring records". The Times of India. 15 November 2023. Retrieved 19 November 2023.
  13. ^ "Stats - Shami, Kohli and Rohit on a record-breaking spree". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  14. ^ "AUS vs SA: Miller becomes first South African to score hundred in ODI World Cup knockout match". SportStar. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  15. ^ "De Kock to retire from ODIs after World Cup in India". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  16. ^ "Awesome Australia beat India to win the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup". Cricket World Cup. Retrieved 19 November 2023.

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