ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: (SL vs SA) South Africa won by nine wickets, enter semis
South Africa sounded a warning to the other teams with a thumping win over Sri Lanka in the first quarter-finals of the World Cup 2015 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
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After winning the toss, Lanka opted to bat first. But, the day belonged to South Africa as they reduced Lanka to 127/9. After the dismissal of Kumar Sangakkara, rain intervened, giving the Lankans a reprieve. However, minutes after play resumed, Proteas bundled Lanka out for 133.
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There’s not much to choose between the two sides. In 59 games played, South Africa won 29 while Lanka has triumphed in 28.
Players to watch out for
With four back-to-back centuries, Sangakkara’s form at the World Cup has been sensational and is a big part of Sri Lanka’s run to the quarter-finals.
In Sri Lanka’s last pool game against Scotland, the elegant southpaw became the first batsman to score centuries in four successive ODIs and secured the World Cup record for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper.
At the other end, de Villiers has been the most destructive for South Africa with a century and two fifties to his name.
As we bring you our live coverage, here’s some good news for the fans from the Lanka.
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