South Africa captain Graeme Smith won the toss and chose to take first strike against Australia in the second World Cup semi-final at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia on Wednesday.
Australia stamped their authority in the game early as fast bowler Nathan Bracken bowled Proteas captain Graeme Smith for two in the third over of play.
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to take first strike to bat first
Australia stamped their authority played better and more strongly