South Africa has annihilated Srilanka to reach semis in 2015 World cup.Every on thought this would be the closest of all the quarter-finals.Both teams are equally balanced before the match.South Africa has exploited lot more flaws in Srilankan team.South Africa is all set to take part in semi final which is going to take place at Auckland.
Srilankan skipper Angelo Mathews had won the toss and elected to bat.He didn’t want his team to succumb under pressure chasing on crunch games as did AB de Villiers.Sri Lanka changed their batting order surprisingly to compensate the absence of Dinesh Chandimal. Kusal Perrera who came in as replacement player has got a chance to open the batting with Dilshan for the first time.Kusal arrogantly swung at every ball regardless its merit.It didn’t take too long for quality opposition like South Africa to dismiss him. Soon,Dilshan followed him after nicking one to keeper. Srilanka’s trump card kumara Sangakara came to the crease and tried to consolidate the innings along with Lahiru Thirumanne. Thirumanne who opened the batting though out the tournament couldn’t adjust to no4 .He had the start but couldn’t convert in to big one like earlier.Jayawardene who is an adept facing spin, couldn’t pick Imran tahir through out his career has lost his wicket to him.None of the Srilankan lower order batsman has supported to Sangakara which is eventually reason for Srilankan downfall.JP duminy has registered second hatrick of this tournament after steve finn and proved his bowling credentials.
It was just a mere formality for South Africa to chase down the target of 133.Absence of Herath has been clearly felt.Nuwan kulasekara who hasn’t been in greatest of forms since 2014, has looked very ordinary.Srilankan bowlers has done good to South Africa by bringing Quinton De kock in to form.De kock shone with a half century while Hashim Amla missed out the opportunity.South Africa didn’t need De Villiers services to win against South Africa.
All cricket supporters feel for Kumara Sanagakara who played his last world cup and joined the league of legends who didn’t win world cup.Mahela and Dilshan also joined the league.They were runners in 2007 and 2011.
Imran Tahir was awarded man of the match for picking up four Srilankan wickets.