David Warner has hit his third century of the Men's ICC World Cup, while Mitchell Starc joined great paceman Glenn McGrath as the only two bowlers to take 26 wickets at one World Cup.
Warner scored 122 from 117 balls in the unsuccessful run chase for Australia against South Africa in Manchester on Saturday. The NSW Blues opener has amassed 638 runs at an average of 79.75, the fourth most at a World Cup.
He also went past Adam Gilchrist to No. 3 on the list of most One-Day International centuries for Australia with 17.
Starc claimed 2-59 in the 10-run loss at Old Trafford. The Blues left-arm quick finished the group stages as the leading wicket taker.
McGrath set the record for most wickets at one World Cup during Australia’s fourth title in 2007.
Starc is now sixth on the all-time list of World Cup wicket takers with 48 scalps taken across 2015 and 2019. McGrath is top of that list with 71.
Australia meet England in the second semi-final on Thursday at Edgbaston, Birmingham. India will meet New Zealand in the other elimination match, Tuesday.
In the final match of the preliminary rounds, Australia were dismissed for 315 in reply to 6/325 posted by South Africa from its 50 overs.
Australia recovered from 4/119 in the 25th over through Warner and wicketkeeper Alex Carey (85 from 69), however there was just too much work to do in the latter overs. The pair added 108 for the fifth wicket.
South African captain Faf Du Plessis made 100 from 94 balls and Rassie van der Dussen fell five short of his century.
Warner, 32, is second on the list of leading run-scorers at the World Cup heading in to the semi-finals. Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma leads the way with 647 at the Bradmanesque average of 92.42, third most runs at a World Cup.
Sharma hit his fifth century of the tournament on Saturday against Sri Lanka at Headingley, Leeds. India won by seven wickets to leapfrog Australia and qualify for the semi-finals in first place.
Starc has so far claimed two five-wicket hauls at the tournament including best figures of 5-26 against New Zealand at Lord’s.
The 29-year-old is the only man to claim three five-wicket hauls in World Cup history.
Starc and Nathan Lyon were the only multiple wicket takers for Australia on Saturday. The off-spinner claimed 2-53 from his 10 overs.