South Africa crushed Sri Lanka by nine wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday to reach the World Cup semi-finals where they will face either New Zealand or the West Indies.
It will be a highly-charged contest between two powerful batting line-up as former champions Sri Lanka takes on superbly talented but traditional under-performers South Africa in the first quarter-final of the cricket World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
The 37-year-old Sangakkara has played 43 World Cup games, averaging almost 46 per innings, but has played only twice in the tournament against South Africa. It started with the rain-shortened tie at Durban in 2003, which ended South Africa’s run in the tournament it was hosting.
The Proteas’ record in the knockout stages of World Cups is dire; they had never before won a match, but captain AB de Villiers spoke positively about putting history behind them and he side stepped up to the plate.