J P Duminy’s hat-trick in the quarterfinal match today on Wednesday against Sri Lanka took South Africa to the semifinal stage knocking out the other team out of the World Cup.
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first, and the team could score only 133 runs losing all its wickets in Sydney Cricket Ground. South African pace bowlers reduced Sri Lanka to four for two. With leg-spinner Imran Tahir claiming 4 for 26 in 8.2 overs, and off-spinner Duminy 3 for 29 in seven overs writings were on the walls for Sri Lanka as they were bowled out for a paltry score of 133 in 37.2 overs. South Africa who is referred as chokers for World Cup, showed their mettle in this match, and scored an emphatic win by 9 wickets and 32 overs to spare. Quinton-de-Kock who had scored only 53 runs in his six previous innings hammered the Sri Lanka bowlers to score 78 including the winning hit to the fence, 12th of his innings, off Lasith Malinga.
The victory meant a lot to the Proteas who started their World Cup campaign in 1992 with a defeat against England, has ultimately won a match in the knock out stage. They face in the semifinal match at Auckland on 24th March the winner of the quarterfinal match between New Zealand and the West Indies on Saturday . The victory also meant that Sri Lankan batsmen Kumar Sangkara and Mahela Jayawardene who played their last one day international did not get a fairy tale farewell. The two had been the key players of the Sri Lanka team that lost the 2007 and 2011 World Cup finals, and they wished to leave one-day cricket on a high note. However, Jayawardene could score just 4, but Sangkara showed some resistance with 45 off 96 balls.
Thus, Sri Lanka’s campaign for the World Cup 2015 comes to an end with this defeat.