South Africa’s top order were cruising on Wednesday, with Quinton de Kock spearheading the charge in their World Cup semifinal against Sri Lanka in Sydney.
Chasing 134 runs to win, the Proteas reached 61/1 after 10 overs, needing another 73 to secure their place in the semifinals.
After Hashim Amla fell for 16 runs in the seventh over, De Kock stood firm on 34 off 29 balls, with Faf du Plessis unbeaten on seven.
Amla falls, but Proteas stand firm
South Africa got off to a solid start in their chase on Wednesday, heading into the dinner break at 40/1 in the World Cup quarter-final against Sri Lanka in Sydney.
Needing 134 runs to win, the Proteas lost their first wicket in the seventh over with the final ball before the break.
Going big, Hashim Amla (16 runs) was unable to connect properly with a square strike off a Lasith Malinga delivery, and he was caught by Nuwan Kulasekara running in from the third man boundary.
Quinton de Kock was unbeaten on 22 at the break, with the Proteas needing another 94 runs from 43.2 overs to book their place in the semifinals.
Proteas bundle out Sri Lanka for 133
JP Duminy took a hat-trick, as South Africa’s bowling attack combined well to dismiss Sri Lanka for 133 runs in their World Cup quarter-final in Sydney on Wednesday.
Fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Kyle Abbott struck early to remove openers Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan within the first five overs, after Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat, and the sub-continent outfit never really recovered.
Lahiru Thirimanne made 41 off 48 balls to lead a mini-recovery, but spinners Imran Tahir and Duminy took control in the middle stages of the innings, ripping through the Sri Lankan line-up to leave them reeling.
Veteran Kumar Sangakkara carried the lower order, contributing a patient 45 off 96, but he eventually came unstuck when he was removed by fast bowler Morne Morkel in the 37th over.
Tahir returned 4/26 to spearhead the Proteas attack, while Duminy took 3/29.
The all-rounder removed Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara and debutant Tharindu Kaushal with successive deliveries, across two overs, to become the first SA player to take a hat-trick in a World Cup match.
Duminy hat-trick piles pressure on Sri Lanka
JP Duminy took a hat-trick, as South Africa’s spin bowlers ripped through the Sri Lankan middle order, placing themselves in the driving seat in their World Cup quarter-final in Sydney on Wednesday.
The Sri Lankans, who won the toss and chose to bat, were left reeling at 127/9 in the 37th over when rain interrupted play.
With their opponents ticking over at 114/4, Duminy and Imran Tahir had grabbed four wickets for just two runs as they piled on the pressure.
Duminy removed Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara and debutant Tharindu Kaushal, while Tahir secured the scalp of Thisara Perera.
With veteran top-order batsman Kumar Sangakkara left to carry the tail, he tried to pick up the pace and put some pressure on the Proteas bowlers, smashing two boundaries off paceman Kyle Abbott in the 36th over.
Attempting to cut a Morne Morkel delivery, however, he was caught by David Miller at third man.
Lower-order batsman Dushmantha Chameera had yet to get off the mark, and the rain came down before Lasith Malinga could make it to the crease in a desperate attempt to add a few more runs to the Sri Lankan total.
Tahir keeps South Africa in control
Veteran batsman Kumar Sangakkara was left to try and steady the ship for Sri Lanka, with Proteas spinner Imran Tahir keeping them under pressure in the World Cup quarter-final in Sydney on Wednesday.
Tahir, who removed danger man Lahiru Thirimanne for 48, struck again in the 24th over when Mahela Jayawardene flicked an easy catch to Faf du Plessis at short-midwicket.
The Sri Lankans, who won the toss and chose to bat, were restricted to 105/3 after 30 overs, with South Africa doing well to build on the early success of their pace attack in the playoff encounter.
Sangakkara was on 29 off 76 balls and skipper Angelo Mathews was unbeaten on 14.
Proteas remain in control
Spin bowler Imran Tahir struck in the 20th over on Wednesday, as South Africa remained in control of their World Cup quarter-final against Sri Lanka in Sydney.
After leading a recovery attempt, Lahiru Thirimanne chipped the ball back to Tahir who stretched to take a catch off his own bowling.
Thirimanne was removed for 41 runs off 48 balls, and after the Proteas pace attack combined well to bag two wickets early on, the Sri Lankans were left struggling at 72/3 after 20 overs.
Solid start for the Proteas
The Sri Lankans, who won the toss and chose to bat, were left reeling at 35/2 after 10 overs.
Kyle Abbott struck with the 10th ball of the match, with Kusal Perera getting a thick edge to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. Fellow speedster Dale Steyn removed Tillakaratne Dilshan in the fifth over, with Faf du Plessis taking a safe catch at second slip.
After being restricted to six runs in the first five overs, Lahiru Thirimanne, unbeaten on 27, was leading an attempted recovery by the Sri Lankan batsmen.
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