SYDNEY: South Africa seized an easy win over Sri Lanka on Wednesday in the first quarter-final of the World Cup 2015.
Chasing a small target of 134, African openers provided a handsome start with Amla and Kock. Although Amla got out when there was 40 on the board but it did not go in favour of Lankans as the following batsman accompanied Kock in bringing the boat to the shore.
Kock scored 78 not out while Plessis scored 21 not out as South Africa successfully chased the total in 18 overs and secured an easy 9 wicket win over Sri Lanka that is now eliminated from the mega event.
Eventually, South Africa which is termed as ‘chokers’ in main events, especially, in knock-out round, has now placed itself into the semi-final of the tournament.
Earlier, after winning the toss, Sri Lanka decided to bat first in this knock-out match. The decision did not work for the batting side as African ‘lions’ tore the Lankan backbone in the first round of the contest. Both the opener batsmen – Perera and Dilshan – directed towards pavilion when there was 4 runs on the board.
Soon after vandalizing the front door of the Lankan castle, African brought its spin battalion to do the rest. None of the Lankan batsmen could sustain in front of spin bowling of Imran Tahir and JP Duminy. Both spinners caused 7 Lankan batsmen to face an early return to the dressing room.