South Africa enters into Semi-final

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March 18,Sydney, SA v SL, World Cup 2015, 1st quarter-final,

Spinners Imran Tahir and hat-trick man Jean-Paul Duminy shared seven wickets between them to help a clinical South Africa outplay an unusually hapless Sri Lanka by 9 wickets and enter the cricket World Cup semi-finals.
South Africa now head for Auckland for a semi-final against New Zealand or West Indies.

Earlier, Sri Lankan captain won the toss and elected to bat first.South Africa bowled brilliantly specially spinners both Imran Tahir and Duminy  took 7 wickets and restricted  Sri Lanka for a low total of  133. Kumar Sangakkara batted through but a prospect of a fifth century in a row was laid to rest by the way the rest of the team played. In the end, even he could not save a batting performance that Sri Lanka would have nightmares over.

Quinton de Kock (78 not out) and Faf de Plessis (21 not out) stitched an unbeaten 94-run partnership to get the target without breaking a sweat. Hashim Amla (16) was the only casualty in an otherwise spotless innings.

It was  first knock out win for Africa after Seven World Cups, 23 painful years and six attempts it took for the perennial chokers to reverse the trend of losing knockout matches at the drop of a hat.
Sri Lanka, after months on the road, finally go home to a new and challenging era. Neither Kumar Sangakkara nor Mahela Jayawardene will appear for them again in ODI cricket. Sangakkara may continue to play Test cricket for a while, unlike Jayawardene, whose next cricketing appointment, somewhat bizarrely, is likely to be as a Twenty20 recruit for Sussex.It was a poor farewell by Sl team to all time great cricketers Kumar Sangakkara and  Mahela Jayawardne.

Match Summary-

Sri Lanka 133 in 37.2 overs (Kumar Sangakkara 45, Lahiru Thirimanne 41; JP Duminy 3 for 29, Imran Tahir 4 for 26) lost to South Africa 134 for 1 in 18 overs (Quinton de Kock 78*; Lasith Malinga 1 for 43) by 9 wickets.

Man of the Match– Imran Tahir

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