Player of the Match
Player of the Match
724dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

Pumped-up South Africa end knockout hoodoo

South Africa bowled out Sri Lanka for 133 in a show of pumped-up skill, hostility and aggression to seal their first win in a knockout match in a World Cup

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Q de Kock
Q de Kock
78(57) 12x4 - 0x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 18 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
0 3 9 5 28 5 2 26
KC Sangakkara
KC Sangakkara
45(96) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 11 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
4 0 9 4 8 2 11 7

Best performances - Bowlers

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir
O8.2
M0
R26
W4
Eco3.12
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W1W
JP Duminy
JP Duminy
O9
M1
R29
W3
Eco3.22
RHB
OFFLEG
1W2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: M.Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Alan Gardner

END OF OVER:
18 | 11 Runs | SA: 134/1 | RR: 7.44

  • Quinton de Kock78 (57b)
  • Faf du Plessis21 (31b)
  • Lasith Malinga6-0-43-1
  • Tharindu Kaushal6-0-25-0

8.25pm: Well, well. Something had to give in this match, either the beautiful-but-fragile Proteas with their world-class glass chin or the street-smart elimination experts and their champion heavyweights. It is a sad farewell to Mahela and Kumar, Sangawardene, SL's awesome twosome - neither could produce the game-shaping innings required against a rampant SA. Still, unravelling against spin, that was a surprise... JP Duminy's hat-trick sent South Africa on their way, before SL were hammered into a de Kocked hat. It is South Africa who take the first spot in the last four and the AB's "100% the best" claims are looking a wee bit more substantial. Those who doubted them, well, the choke's on you... Can they double up, against either New Zealand or West Indies? We'll find out next week - make a note in your diary. You can read Sid Monga's report for a full recap but, from Al and myself, it's also time to say goodbye (don't worry, we'll be back). Toodles!

8.20pm: Here's Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: "We had to get 250 to give our bowlers a chance. Maybe the nerves, we didn't go for our shots. This is the worst performance that we've had in the World Cup and it came in the quarter-final. We know SA have a really good attack but we were not there from ball one. [Sanga and Mahela] It's disappointing not to make it a memorable one for them, to thank them for their services for 16-17 years. The best thing would have been to get to the final but unfortunately that hasn't happened."

And the final word goes to AB de Villiers, South Africa's jinx-ending captain: "I didn't have to say much, we were very motivated for this game. The guys were in a really good space and they rocked up mentally... I was going to bat first but I would have backed the batters to do a good job out there. It was incredible the job the bowlers did up front. [De Kock] He's been going through a tough time, you go through patches in your career, the coaches kept backing him, for him to pull it off with a really special knock and a couple of catches. [Spinners] They came in at a crucial stage, we kept them back until the 14-15th over, so for the two of them to come on against a subcontinental team at a crucial stage was really impressive. I'm quietly confident, I like to believe in big things. I truly believe we're going to go all the way. For now we're just going to enjoy a beer and think about what's to come."

8.10pm: We've got JP Duminy, the hat-trick hero, on the line, too: "Pretty pleased with that performance, don't think I've ever come close to taking a hat-trick before. To my recollection, I've never taken wickets consecutively... I knew it was possibly a hat-trick ball, just before I bowled it, so we got a few fielders in and fortunately enough he played around it. It wasn't my greatest delivery but it was wicket to wicket, so I was pleased with that. It was one of those days when everything clicks, I could feel the hunger. There was a lot of tension in the camp, just because of the hunger, we had a day off yesterday, to ease that... We came in fired up and we wanted early wickets. But those small totals are still challenging... It's great to contribute with bat and ball, I get an opportunity to bowl a few more overs. It's been challenging, the last few games, we haven't put in a big performance. We've worked hard and everything clicked today. With them losing so many wickets up front they had to be a bit cautious. They haven't been in that position in this tournament, I knew if I put the ball in the right place, something would come my way."

8.05pm: Right, pull yourselves together, we're swiftly on to the presentations... Imran Tahir is named Man of the Match: "I can't complain, thanks for the support from back home and the people here. I've been thinking about this game and I'm really glad. I've got everything from South Africa, so I always say I have to give everything back. I just try to do my role, it's an absolute honour and I'm loving it. There's some good and great players [in the team], just playing with them is a dream come true for me. It's a great feeling and motivates me every day. [Semi-final against NZ] We've been working really hard for this, it will depend how we play on the day."

8pm: There's some emotion slopping around out there at the SCG, all right. Hugs and backslaps on the SA bench, as AB de Villiers' team live up to his pre-match words - they've not won a knockout game since the appropriately named ICC Knockout in 2000, I think. And then the cameras turn on Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who are leaving the pitch in SL colours together for the last time. The rest hang back, to allow them their moment. *sob*

17.6
4
Malinga to de Kock, FOUR runs, slower ball outside off, de Kock thrashes it away through the covers - that's it, those are the winning runs, South Africa win by nine wickets, they win a knockout game at a World Cup for the first time, they're into the semi-finals!

"This is going to be the last match in coloured clothing for quiet a few Lankan players in this squad," says Ishan wistfully. "Sanga, Mahela, Ranga, Mali, Kule. Feels like something stuck in my throat. Pretty sad. Btw.. had a similar feeling when the 1996 legends retired. Thought we'll never be competitive. How wrong was I? There's hope!"

17.5
0
Malinga to de Kock, no run, goes full, around the line of off, dipping towards the blockhole but de Kock drops his bat on it
17.4
0
Malinga to de Kock, no run, slung in short of a length again, again de Kock fails to get anything on it
17.4
1w
Malinga to de Kock, 1 wide, banged, de Kock wafts at it, judged to be too high again - another extra donated to the SA anti-choke fund
17.3
2
Malinga to de Kock, 2 runs, short again and chopped through point for a couple more
17.2
1
Malinga to du Plessis, 1 run, pitched up in the channel, opens the face and runs to third man

Spin to Win

15

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

Difficulty Reading

4

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

Sydney hits 150

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

1

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