World Cup 2015: Quarterfinal Sri Lanka v/s South Africa: Steyn takes out Dilshan, SL in trouble

Welcome to the LIVE coverage of the World Cup Quarterfinal between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Sydney. The match begins at 9 am IST.

Over 5

Rahul Dravid (with a sheepish smile): SL have won the toss, they’re going to score 300, SA to chase, I am going with SL

Steyn is having some problems with his neck. SL are 6/2 after 5 overs.

Sangakkara has now played 10 balls without scoring.

Thirimanne plays it down to third man for one, and the crowd cheers hard.

Steyn out of the attack as a result of that neck injury, in comes Morkel. Live: 

OUT! Steyn has bowled a ripper, no way Dilshan should have played that. It’s just outside off, and a bit short, and swinging away. Dilshan drives, finds the edge, and 2nd slip takes a good low catch. Out for 0, SL in trouble! 4/2.

Over 4

Beautiful ball, beautiful over. 4/1 after 4 overs.

Rapped on the pads, and SA go up in appeal. That swung back into ‘Kara. No referral, height was the issue. The next ball is just outside off, and Sangakkara’s defensive prod finds air.

The old ball has been replaced because its skin began to come off. Abbott followed up by bowling a wide off the new ball.

Oh…Sangakkara first decides to play, then leaves as the ball shapes away.

Over 3

Maiden over, SL 3/1 after 3 overs.

: and are the only 2 teams progressing to the QFs unbeaten in their respective pools. 

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Fuller on middle, slightly uncomfortable drive, straight to mid on. SL are trying to hit the ball too hard I think.

Swing and a miss. Slightly short, Dilshan had a full blooded slash at it and missed.

Dilshan is facing up to Steyn now. He miscues the second ball, tries to flick to the on side and edges it to mid off.

Over 2

The man, Kumar Sangakkara comes in to big applause. He defends the first two balls. SL are 3/1 after 2 overs.

OUT! Perera is gone, he finally gets an edge, but what a catch! de Kock goes flying to his right, it was low and very difficult and nearly popped out, but he managed to hold on. SL 3/1.

Another swing and a miss. Perera is all nerves.

Kyle Abbott is the other opening bowler. Perera goes for a quick single but is sent back.

Over 1

Another edge, and another single down to third man. SL 3/0 after 1 over.

Drives, and misses. Good comeback ball from Steyn.

Edged as T Kushal goes hard at it, and flies over slip for two.

8:40 IST Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Sri Lanka have won the toss and chosen to bat first.

Rilee Rosseuw comes in for Behardien, Kyle Abbott also comes in.

7:04 IST Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Welcome to the LIVE coverage of the World Cup Quarterfinal between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Sydney. The match begins at 9 am IST.

This is the first quarterfinal, as we get down to the business end of the tournament. This time, there is no second chance. The winner reaches the semifinals, and the loser flies back home. While SL will undoubtedly hope that Sangakkara gets another ton while Dilshan or Jayawardene click, SA will rely on AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and (out of form) Dale Steyn. Here’s the match preview.

It is yet another knockout game for South Africa. Knockouts for SA have meant despair, six out of six times in World Cups. Can the great AB de Villiers finally turn the tide for the Proteas?

Well, AB de Villiers thinks he can. Here are his thoughts on the match. And here’s the podcast version of it.

Coach Russell Domingo also has high expectations from the Proteas.

Sri Lankan great Muthiah Muralitharan has already warned the islanders that they must not focus solely on AB de Villiers. Meanwhile, SL know they will have the majority support at the SCG and are banking on it.

Here’s our analysis of what South Africa can do to avoid choking against Sri Lanka.

South Africa’s infamous tie against Sri Lanka in 2003 keeps being brought up, and so does their near-choke against Lasith Malinga in 2007.

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