ICC Cricket World Cup, 1st Quarter-Final: South Africa v Sri Lanka at Sydney, Mar 18, 2015
ICC Cricket World Cup - 1st quarter final
South Africa won by 9 wickets (with 192 balls remaining)
Played at Sydney Cricket Ground (neutral venue)
18 March 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)
  Sri Lanka innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal MDKJ Perera c †de Kock b Abbott 3 6 10 0 0 30.00
1.4 85.2 mph, edged and de Kock has pulled off an absolute stunner! One-hander diving to his left, and he's nearly taken it out of first slip's purview! It was a top ball to start, hitting that uncertain length where the batsman doesn't know where to put his front foot. Down comes the bat with hard hands, the away swing takes the outside edge and de Kock.... well, it popped out too but he reached further with that left hand, had his eyes on it even in the midst of a dive and took it! phew! 3/1
View dismissal TM Dilshan c du Plessis b Steyn 0 19 7 0 0 0.00
4.1 90.7 mph, they've got the openers! And it's that phenomenal South Africa fielding again! Dale Steyn looks like his forehead is made of veins and nothing but. Back of a length delivery, not quite wide enough for the slice behind point. But Dilshan goes for it and gets a thick outside edge. Faf is at second slip, he sees the ball dying as it comes to him so he dives forward and plucks a beauty! 4/2
View dismissal KC Sangakkara c Miller b Morkel 45 151 96 3 0 46.87
36.2 89.2 mph, short and wide, Sanga goes for a cut..... and holes out at deep third man! He was trying to get it finer, leans away from the ball to get leverage. Strikes it well, but fails to find the gap. That's been a perfect summary of this strange innings from a great player. Bogged down, scratchy, tragic 127/9
View dismissal HDRL Thirimanne c & b Imran Tahir 41 63 48 5 0 85.41
19.1 52.1 mph, Tahir goes on a run towards deep midwicket. Huge wicket. Thirimanne is gone. He has looked superb so far. A legbreak from round the wicket, pitches on a length, just outside off, Thirimanne looks for a single to long-on, the ball stops a little. He is early into the shot, the ball has bounced too. Off the high part of the bat it lobs back to the left of Tahir who dashes across Sanga and takes it two-handed 69/3
View dismissal DPMD Jayawardene c du Plessis b Imran Tahir 4 13 16 0 0 25.00
23.1 58.7 mph, quick, on middle, skids on and Mahela has presented a simple catch to short midiwcket. Du Plessis is elated with the dolly but of course, no one can compare with Tahir's celebrations. Goes off for another lap of the city. The pressure was piling on and on and out came this shortish delivery. Mahela thought it was the release, but then realised he did not have any room. Was caught in two minds and in the end gave catching practice 81/4
View dismissal AD Mathews* c du Plessis b Duminy 19 37 32 1 0 59.37
32.6 55.0 mph, poor shot! Runs at the bowler, tries to whip a flighted delivery from way outside off through midwicket. He should have lifted it over the infield, or kept it all along the ground. Not some in-between flick. Throws his head back as Faf takes another dolly. JP has been so tight, he's not allowed the slightest release of pressure and gets just rewards. That's also drinks 114/5
View dismissal NLTC Perera c Rossouw b Imran Tahir 0 4 3 0 0 0.00
33.4 taken at slip! Cramps him for room, his slider gets on quickly to Thisara who was trying to back away and punch into the covers. Only ends up with an outside edge that sits snugly in slip's hands. Had a little pitstop at the keeper's gloves in between 115/6
View dismissal KMDN Kulasekara c †de Kock b Duminy 1 4 2 0 0 50.00
34.1 52.5 mph, Kula walks! This was flighted outside off, doesn't quite turn, the batsman plays for it. His face was closed, he was looking midwicket. Instead the deflection is pouched extremely well by de Kock. Stayed low when he needed to 116/7
View dismissal PHT Kaushal lbw b Duminy 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
34.2 53.8 mph, two in two, make that three in three! It's a hat-trick! JP is mobbed! This was a good length ball but doesn't turn as much. Kaushal was camped deep in his crease and was playing all around it. Plumb in front 116/8
PVD Chameera not out 2 17 5 0 0 40.00
View dismissal SL Malinga c Miller b Imran Tahir 3 7 6 0 0 50.00
37.2 58.5 mph, tonked straight into cover's hands! Tahir has his fourth! It's shortish, it has width, it's been cut with precision to David Miller. 133/10
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 7, nb 2) 15
  Total (all out; 37.2 overs; 166 mins) 133 (3.56 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket DW Steyn 7 2 18 1 2.57 30 1 0 (1w)
4.1 to Dilshan, 90.7 mph, they've got the openers! And it's that phenomenal South Africa fielding again! Dale Steyn looks like his forehead is made of veins and nothing but. Back of a length delivery, not quite wide enough for the slice behind point. But Dilshan goes for it and gets a thick outside edge. Faf is at second slip, he sees the ball dying as it comes to him so he dives forward and plucks a beauty! 4/2
View wicket KJ Abbott 6 1 27 1 4.50 26 4 0 (1w)
1.4 to MDKJ Perera, 85.2 mph, edged and de Kock has pulled off an absolute stunner! One-hander diving to his left, and he's nearly taken it out of first slip's purview! It was a top ball to start, hitting that uncertain length where the batsman doesn't know where to put his front foot. Down comes the bat with hard hands, the away swing takes the outside edge and de Kock.... well, it popped out too but he reached further with that left hand, had his eyes on it even in the midst of a dive and took it! phew! 3/1
View wicket M Morkel 7 1 27 1 3.85 30 2 0 (2nb, 1w)
36.2 to Sangakkara, 89.2 mph, short and wide, Sanga goes for a cut..... and holes out at deep third man! He was trying to get it finer, leans away from the ball to get leverage. Strikes it well, but fails to find the gap. That's been a perfect summary of this strange innings from a great player. Bogged down, scratchy, tragic 127/9
View wickets JP Duminy 9 1 29 3 3.22 29 0 0 (2w)
32.6 to Mathews, 55.0 mph, poor shot! Runs at the bowler, tries to whip a flighted delivery from way outside off through midwicket. He should have lifted it over the infield, or kept it all along the ground. Not some in-between flick. Throws his head back as Faf takes another dolly. JP has been so tight, he's not allowed the slightest release of pressure and gets just rewards. That's also drinks 114/5
34.1 to Kulasekara, 52.5 mph, Kula walks! This was flighted outside off, doesn't quite turn, the batsman plays for it. His face was closed, he was looking midwicket. Instead the deflection is pouched extremely well by de Kock. Stayed low when he needed to 116/7
34.2 to Kaushal, 53.8 mph, two in two, make that three in three! It's a hat-trick! JP is mobbed! This was a good length ball but doesn't turn as much. Kaushal was camped deep in his crease and was playing all around it. Plumb in front 116/8
View wickets Imran Tahir 8.2 0 26 4 3.12 34 2 0 (1w)
19.1 to Thirimanne, 52.1 mph, Tahir goes on a run towards deep midwicket. Huge wicket. Thirimanne is gone. He has looked superb so far. A legbreak from round the wicket, pitches on a length, just outside off, Thirimanne looks for a single to long-on, the ball stops a little. He is early into the shot, the ball has bounced too. Off the high part of the bat it lobs back to the left of Tahir who dashes across Sanga and takes it two-handed 69/3
23.1 to Jayawardene, 58.7 mph, quick, on middle, skids on and Mahela has presented a simple catch to short midiwcket. Du Plessis is elated with the dolly but of course, no one can compare with Tahir's celebrations. Goes off for another lap of the city. The pressure was piling on and on and out came this shortish delivery. Mahela thought it was the release, but then realised he did not have any room. Was caught in two minds and in the end gave catching practice 81/4
33.4 to NLTC Perera, taken at slip! Cramps him for room, his slider gets on quickly to Thisara who was trying to back away and punch into the covers. Only ends up with an outside edge that sits snugly in slip's hands. Had a little pitstop at the keeper's gloves in between 115/6
37.2 to Malinga, 58.5 mph, tonked straight into cover's hands! Tahir has his fourth! It's shortish, it has width, it's been cut with precision to David Miller. 133/10
  South Africa innings (target: 134 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal HM Amla c Kulasekara b Malinga 16 30 23 1 0 69.56
6.4 85.4 mph, Kula runs around, dives and takes a beautiful catch at deep third man! The umpire's are checking the front foot, has he overstepped?! This is seriously tight! Seriously tight. And the benefit of the doubt goes to the bowler. Amla's gone. It was short and wide, he went for a cut and didn't bother with keeping it down. The fielder ran around, had his eyes on the ball all the way and claimed it excellently. And that's the supper break 40/1
Q de Kock not out 78 89 57 12 0 136.84
F du Plessis not out 21 55 31 0 0 67.74
Extras (lb 4, w 12, nb 3) 19
  Total (1 wicket; 18 overs; 89 mins) 134 (7.44 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket SL Malinga 6 0 43 1 7.16 21 4 0 (2nb, 3w)
6.4 to Amla, 85.4 mph, Kula runs around, dives and takes a beautiful catch at deep third man! The umpire's are checking the front foot, has he overstepped?! This is seriously tight! Seriously tight. And the benefit of the doubt goes to the bowler. Amla's gone. It was short and wide, he went for a cut and didn't bother with keeping it down. The fielder ran around, had his eyes on the ball all the way and claimed it excellently. And that's the supper break 40/1
  TM Dilshan 2 0 10 0 5.00 5 0 0
  KMDN Kulasekara 1 0 13 0 13.00 2 3 0
  PHT Kaushal 6 0 25 0 4.16 22 1 0
  PVD Chameera 2 0 29 0 14.50 3 3 0 (1nb, 4w)
  NLTC Perera 1 0 10 0 10.00 3 2 0 (1w)

Match details


Toss - Sri Lanka, who chose to bat
Series - South Africa advanced
ODI debut - PHT Kaushal (Sri Lanka)
Player of the match - Imran Tahir (South Africa)
Umpires - NJ Llong (England) and RJ Tucker
TV umpire - RA Kettleborough (England)
Match referee - DC Boon
Reserve umpire - BNJ Oxenford

Match Notes


    • Sri Lanka innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 35 runs, 2 wickets)
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 14.6 overs (91 balls), Extras 9
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 50/2 in 15.0 overs (KC Sangakkara 6, HDRL Thirimanne 32)
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 72 balls (KC Sangakkara 10, HDRL Thirimanne 33, Ex 8)
    • Over 21.6: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - NJ Llong, Batsman - DPMD Jayawardene (Struck down)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 28.1 overs (170 balls), Extras 14
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 114/5 in 33.0 overs (KC Sangakkara 33)
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 35.1 - 40.0 (Batting side - 17 runs, 2 wickets)
    • JP Duminy took a hat-trick with the wickets of Mathews, Kulasekara and Kaushal.
    • Rain: Sri Lanka - 127/9 in 36.2 overs (PVD Chameera 0)
    • Innings Break: Sri Lanka - 133/10 in 37.2 overs (PVD Chameera 2)
    • South Africa innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 61 runs, 1 wicket)
    • Dinner: South Africa - 40/1 in 6.4 overs (Q de Kock 22)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 8.5 overs (55 balls), Extras 3
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 36 balls (Q de Kock 26, F du Plessis 12, Ex 14)
    • Q de Kock: 50 off 39 balls (9 x 4)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 13.5 overs (86 balls), Extras 17
    • Attendance: 27,259
 
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