South Africa's JP Duminy registered the first hat-trick of this year's World Cup in Wednesday's…
Sydney, March 18 (IANS) Spinners Imran Tahir (4-26) and Jean-Paul Duminy (3-29) starred for South Africa as they thrashed Sri Lanka by nine wickets to reach the cricket World Cup semi-finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here on Wednesday. Duminy’s hat-trick — the first by a South African in World Cup history – and leg-spinner Tahir’s four wicket burst helped South Africa bowl out Sri Lanka for 133 runs in 37.2 overs in the first quarter-final.
In reply, young wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock (not out 78), Hashim Amla (16) and Faf du Plessis (21 not out) completed the formalities for South Africa with nine wickets and 32 overs to spare.
With such a low total by Sri Lanka, the South Africans didn’t feel the pressure and overhauled the target with ease. De Kock, with only 53 runs in the tournament so far, returned to form and registered his fourth half-century in One-Day International (ODI) cricket and helped his country to notch up the first World Cup knock-out win.
South Africa’s win by 32 overs to spare is their biggest victory in World cup knock-outs.
South Africa will now travel to Auckland to face the winners of the quarter-final between New Zealand and the West Indies.
Earlier, South Africa exerted pressure on the Sri Lankans quite early. Right-arm pacers Kyle Abbot and Dale Steyn removed openers Kusal Perera (3) and seasoned Tilakaratne Dilshan (0) respectively to leave Sri Lanka in trouble at 4/2 in the fifth over.
Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara, 37, didn’t bat with the elegance and style he is known for and scored a 96-ball 45. Sangakkara, who scored four centuries in the previous four matches, took 16 deliveries to get off the mark. After he scored five runs, he became just the sixth batsman to score more than 500 runs in a World Cup.