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Match Day

1366dFirdose Moonda

SA minister pleased with end to knockout jinx

"Bunch of semi-finalists heading for a World Cup win." is how South Africa's sports minister Fikile Mbalula labelled the team after their historic, first-ever knockout win at a World Cup

1367dAndrew Fidel Fernando at the SCG

Sangakkara rues being undone by spin

Kumar Sangakkara was unhappy with Sri Lanka's capitulation to South Africa's spinners in the quarter-final at the SCG

1367dFirdose Moonda in Sydney

We're not going to show any weakness - de Villiers

South Africa captain AB de Villiers has said his side had prepared for a show of strength against Sri Lanka in their quarter-final in Sydney, which they won comprehensively by nine wickets

1367dJarrod Kimber

De Villiers wears the face of a winner

AB de Villiers and Angelo Mathews. One captaining a must-win game of cricket, the other captaining a past awash with disappointments. For AB de Villiers, the disappointment was banished

1367dESPNcricinfo staff

'Challenge has been to evolve' - Jayawardene

Mahela Jayawardene said that he had no regrets about hanging up his blue Sri Lanka shirt for the final time after their World Cup quarter-final defeat to South Africa

1367dAndrew Fidel Fernando and Firdose Moonda

The scream and the screamer

Plays of the day from the first quarter-final between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the SCG

1367dPraveen Indraratna

A disappointing result, and a solemn farewell

The quarter-final match between Sri Lanka and South Africa promised plenty of electric contests but turned out to be tepid. It was the last chance, however, to see two Sri Lankan greats in action

1367dAndrew Fidel Fernando at the SCG

Lifetime of grace trumps one stinging night

The years of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene making millions happy together were more fulfilling than a final piece of silverware could ever have been

1367dFirdose Moonda in Sydney

SA must heed lessons of old trials by Sri Lanka

The tour of Sri Lanka in 2013 was a chance to see how much South Africa needed to do in their World Cup preparations, but it's the learnings of the 2014 visit that will be more important ahead of the quarter-final

1367dFirdose Moonda in Sydney

'We're not going to choke' - de Villiers

Faced with the history of having never won a knockout game in the World Cup, South Africa captain AB de Villiers said he wanted his side to play good cricket and come out on top against Sri Lanka in Sydney

1368dFirdose Moonda and Andrew Fidel Fernando

'Two legends of the modern game'

ESPNcricinfo presents the key match-ups ahead of the quarter-final match between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Sydney

Spin to Win


Wickets taken by Imran Tahir this World Cup, the highest for a spinner.

Difficulty Reading


Number of times Imran Tahir has dismissed Mahela Jayawardene, more than he has dismissed any other batsman.

Sydney hits 150


Number of ODIs played in Sydney; this is the 150th. The only venue to host more games is Sharjah (218 ODIs)

Big Game Debut


Players who have made their ODI debut in a WC knockout match - W Larkins (1979 Semi-Final). T Kaushal is the second.