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1st Quarter-Final (D/N), Sydney, March 18, 2015, ICC Cricket World Cup
(18/50 ov, T:134) 134/1

South Africa won by 9 wickets (with 192 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
Sri Lanka Innings
South Africa Innings
Match Flow
Sri Lanka  (50 ovs maximum)
c †de Kock b Abbott31060030.00
c du Plessis b Steyn0719000.00
c Miller b Morkel45961513046.87
c & b Imran Tahir4148635085.41
c du Plessis b Imran Tahir416130025.00
c du Plessis b Duminy1932371059.37
c Rossouw b Imran Tahir034000.00
c †de Kock b Duminy1240050.00
lbw b Duminy011000.00
not out 25170040.00
c Miller b Imran Tahir3670050.00
Extras(b 4, lb 2, nb 2, w 7)15
TOTAL37.2 Ov (RR: 3.56, 166 Mins)133
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Kusal Perera, 1.4 ov), 2-4 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 4.1 ov), 3-69 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 19.1 ov), 4-81 (Mahela Jayawardene, 23.1 ov), 5-114 (Angelo Mathews, 32.6 ov), 6-115 (Thisara Perera, 33.4 ov), 7-116 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 34.1 ov), 8-116 (Tharindu Kaushal, 34.2 ov), 9-127 (Kumar Sangakkara, 36.2 ov), 10-133 (Lasith Malinga, 37.2 ov)
4.1 to TM Dilshan, 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
1.4 to MDKJ Perera, 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
36.2 to KC Sangakkara, 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
32.6 to AD Mathews, 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 KMDN Kulasekara, 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 PHT Kaushal, 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
19.1 to HDRL Thirimanne, 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 DPMD Jayawardene, 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 SL Malinga, 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  (T: 134 runs from 50 ovs)
c Kulasekara b Malinga1623301069.56
not out 785789120136.84
not out 2131550067.74
Extras(lb 4, nb 3, w 12)19
TOTAL18 Ov (RR: 7.44, 89 Mins)134/1
Fall of wickets: 1-40 (Hashim Amla, 6.4 ov)
6.4 to HM Amla, 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
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  • 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
Sydney Cricket Ground
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultSouth Africa advanced
Match numberODI no. 3640
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days18 March 2015 - daynight (50-over match)
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