SL knocked out of World Cup 2015
- South African bowlers excel
- Restrict SL to 133 runs
- Finish the formalities in 18 overs
- India-Bangladesh quarter final on Thursday
Adelaide: One of the quartet of the Indian sub-continent, Sri Lanka, has bowed out of the World Cup 2015 tournament on Wednesday when Sri Lanka was beaten by South Africa in the quarter final match. Two of the quartet, India and Bangladesh, are going to clash tomorrow, Thursday, for a semi-final berth. The fourth one, Pakistan, will be playing with Australia at the Adlaide on the 21.
Sri Lanka which has played well so far in the tournament was all out for a measly score of 133 in 37.2 overs making it the shortest match of the World Cup 2015 so far. This is the lowest score in the World Cup after West Indies were all out in 2011 against Pakistan. Sangakkara, the veteran batsman and the hero of the side who scored four tons in successive innings was bogged down by a very intelligent and correct bowing by South African speedsters as well as the spinners. South Africa has made 134 in just 18 overs losing only one of the openers.
Sri Lanka was the favourite before the match actually began as Sourth Africa has been notoriously unsuccessful in the knockout stage finding it difficult to chase even a modest score. SA was successful in changing a score of more than 270 runs only once in the last nine matches. It could chase a score of 240 plus only four out of 14 time. Such being the past record, the punters were not prepared to bet on SA. But Sri Lanka players had let their fans down with poor batting. On behalf of SA, the fast bowlers Abott, Steyn and Morket had restricted the SL batsmen to a score of 40 till the 15th over when the spinners Imran Tahir and JP Dummy were introduced. Dummy became the first SA bowler to claim a hat-trick in World Cup by bowing out three SL batsmen with successive balls. The glowing career of Sangakkara in World Cup would come to an end with this game. It was a grand way of calling it off what with his four successive hundreds in this tournament alone.