World Cup 2015: Spinners Help South Africa Humiliate Sri Lanka for SF Berth

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 | 0
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir was the wrecker-in-chief (source:

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir was the wrecker-in-chief (source:

South Africa became the first team to qualify for the semifinals of the World Cup 2015 after their dominating 9-wicket conquest of Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

Earlier, the flip of the coin went Sri Lanka’s way, but their fortunes had a contrasting tang altogether. They struggled all the way through against a lethal South African bowling attack. Except Kumar Sangakkara (45) and Lahiru Thirimanne (41), all the other batsmen appeared oblivious, as they got bundled out for a paltry 133 in the 38th over itself.

For South Africa, spinners Imran Tahir (4) and Jean-Paul Duminy (3) combined to take an aggregate 7 wickets, while fast-bowlers Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Kyle Abbott had one scalp apiece.

Subsequently, the Proteas knew they just had to get the formalities done. And that’s exactly what they did!

Riding on a 57-ball unbeaten 78 from opener Quinton de Kock, South Africa chased down the target in just 18 overs and 9 wickets to spare.

Up next, South Africa will either meet New Zealand or West Indies in the last-four stage.


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