South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets and breaks jinx to storm into World Cup semi finals
Sydney, Nirapad News: South Africa has finally broken its jinx by beating Sri Lanka by 9 wickets to storm into the semifinals of World Cup.
Riding on Jean Paul Duminy’s hat-trick and Quinton de Kock’s unbeaten 78, South Africa shunned the odds to win a knock-out stage match of an ICC event for the first time, creating history!
With Duminy scalping a hat-trick, South Africa bundled out Sri Lanka for 133 in the first quarter-finals tie, and then chased down the target losing 1 wicket. While de Kock scored a half-century, Faf du Plessis (not out 21) too stayed firm.
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat first, but the move backfired as they lost wickets at regular intervals. While Dale Steyn and Kyle Abbott gave them the early blow by sending the openers back to pavilion, spin duo Imran Tahir (4-26) and Duminy (3-29) ensured that the Sri Lankans were completely in tatters.
Winning the toss was expected to be a big advantage for 1996 champion Sri Lanka, who have been runner-up at the last two World Cups, but they lost wickets regularly. Even though Kumar Sangakkara (45) and Lahiru Thirimanne (41) tried their best, efforts were not enough.
South Africa had never won a knockout match at the premier 50-over tournament, and things changed on a Wednesday.
Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath was ruled out of Sri Lanka’s squad hours before the match, and 22-year-old Tharindu Kaushal was rushed straight into the starting lineup.
South Africa chose Kyle Abbott, who has taken eight wickets in three matches during the tournament, at the expense of Vernon Philander.
With this defeat, an illustrious career of Kumar Sangakkara to came to an end as the cricketer had announced that he would quit ODIs after the World Cup. In his long-career, he may have won many games for Sri Lanka, but his wish of being a part of a Cup winning side remained a dream!