Proteas thrash Sri Lanka by nine wickets to reach semis

Sydney: South Africa entered the semi-finals of the cricket World cup as they thrashed Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the first quarter-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here on Wednesday.

Spinners Imran Tahir (4-26) and Jean-Paul Duminy (3-29) starred for South Africa as they bowled out Sri Lanka for 133 runs in 37.2 overs. In reply, opener Quinton de Kock (78 not out), Hashim Amla (16) and Faf du Plessis (21 not out) completed the formalities for South Africa with nine wickets and 32 overs to spare.