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Summary

  1. South Africa beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets
  2. S Africa chase 134 in 18 overs: De Kock 78*
  3. Sri Lanka 133: Duminy hat-trick, Tahir 4-26
  4. Quickest chase in World Cup knockout game
  5. First quarter-final, Sydney
  6. SA face New Zealand or W Indies in semi-final

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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That's about it from the first quarter-final - not the pulsating encounter we'd hoped for, and not the ODI farewell that Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene would have anticipated. But congratulations South Africa, for having got the monkey off their back - they've finally won a World Cup knockout game, as you can read in

Stephan Shemilt's match report. Auckland awaits.

If you're an England fan, don't forget the Test squad for West Indies is named at 11:45 GMT - you can hear it announced on

BBC Radio 5 live and read about it on
our Sportsday Live rolling sports news service.

Tomorrow, the focus switches to Melbourne where India take on neighbours Bangladesh. It's another 03:30 GMT start of play, so set your alarms and make sure you join us from 03:00. See you tomorrow, folks.

South Africa celebrate
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Allan Border

Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

Looking ahead to Saturday's quarter-final between New Zealand and West Indies at Wellington: "It is a worrying game for New Zealand, as you do not know what you are going to get with the West Indies.

"If Chris Gayle fires, and they get some kind of score with some good hitting in the middle order, you don't know what the West Indies bowlers can produce if they get a sniff of victory."

Chris Gayle
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Captain's view

More from Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, on the impending retirements of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara: "It's disappointing to not make it a memorable one for Mahela and Sanga. On behalf of the nation and the team I thank them for their invaluable service. The best thing for us would have been to go to the final and win it for them but it was not to be."

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Dennis Ethan: Hats off to Sangawardene. The two legends of the game finally bow out. Go Sri Lanka! Proteas now think they've won the title yet they've got Kiwis on Tuesday at their own turf. Gonna be Boulted at Eden Park.

Captain's view

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: "130 was not much on this track. There were no demons on this track, we thought we could get at least 250 and give our bowlers a chance. But we didn't bat well. Maybe it was nerves, we didn't go for our shots and it's easily our worst performance we have done in the World Cup and it happened to be in the quarter-final.

"We all knew South Africa had a good bowling attack, but we just did not bat well from ball one. I thought we were a bit nervous, but that's the way it goes. Anything can happen in the quarter-finals and all the teams left are capable of winning it."

Angelo Mathews
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'Winning the World Cup is like fishing'

Captain AB de Villiers on South Africa's prospect of winning the World Cup: "I'm quietly confident. I'm always the positive kind of guy - I always believe in big things.

"I spoke to Morne Morkel, who loves fishing, and I said it's almost like you've got the big fish on the hook and you've got to reel it in."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Looking ahead to the England Test squad announcement at 11:45 GMT:

"Jonathan Trott was the best player for the Lions on their tour, but he batted at four. I would have opened with him in South Africa.

"I hope he worked out his technical issues. He needs to bat as far back as he can in the crease, as his head was falling to the off side and he was flicking the ball in the air.

"If that has not changed, he is going to be in trouble. But he is a calming influence, so as long as they have done the research with the medical teams, I would take that gamble."

Jonathan Trott
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Captain's view

South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "I'm very proud of what the guys achieved here today. These knockout games are difficult games, difficult situations.

"We had a really good feeling when we came to the ground today. We were almost obsessed with our goal.

"We always knew JP would probably have to bowl 10 overs, so for him and Imran Tahir to come on in a crucial stage of the game and perform like that gives the spinners a lot of confidence."

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Chris: Regarding the vote; amazing that Sri Lanka, who were on their way to a good hiding, got more votes than the Windies!

If you missed it earlier, 25.8% of those of you who voted think New Zealand will win the World Cup.

Here's some news of a rare England victory down under: the England Learning Disability side have beaten their Australian counterparts by 86 runs. Daniel Bowser won the man-of-the-match award for his unbeaten 115 from 66 balls.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Looking ahead to the semi-finals:

"At Eden Park if South Africa play against New Zealand in the semi-final, they have got to attack in the first 10 overs, and try to force the issue with field changes. If McCullum gets in against a fifth bowler like Duminy on a ground like that... and also that ground is not big enough for Tahir's wicket celebrations!"

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More from South Africa's hat-trick hero JP Duminy: "I'm very pleased with that performance. I've taken five-wicket hauls, but never consecutively. Just before I bowled the ball I thought 'hey, this is my hat-trick ball'.

"It's one of those days when everything clicked. The hunger to succeed was immense. In the build-up there was a lot of tension in the camp, we came into the game fired up and we were going to give our all."

JP Duminy
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What you've missed

If you're just joining us expecting the game to be building towards a climax, I'm afraid it's been and gone. Sri Lanka collapsed for a stuttering 133 in 37.2 overs, with Kumar Sangakkara making 45 but rapidly losing partners at the other end - five wickets fell for 13 runs in just over three overs, while part-time spinner JP Duminy took a first career hat-trick.

South Africa then knocked off the runs within 18 overs, with the out-of-form Quinton de Kock making 78 not out from 57 balls.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Today Sangakkara left a lot of balls. he almost gave himself too much time to get in and set the game up. In this era of one-day cricket you have got to be busy, impacting on the opposition and asking questions of your opponents."

Kumar Sangakkara
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vanhunks: Kaushal is Sri Lanka's brightest prospect. Watch him in four years' time.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Sri Lanka always compete, and it is very rare they have a three-hour period where they are not in the game. But it is no way for two legends of the game like Sangakkara and Jayawardene to bow out.

"Realistically, Sri Lanka just have not performed. I think Sangakkara will look back on his innings and feel he did not take enough risks."

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Mahela Jayawardene
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Player reaction

South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy on TMS, paying tribute to the retiring Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene: "The cricket world will miss them - they are outstanding cricketers who have contributed massively to world cricket.

"I have become good friends with them and they are great people. They always give their best on the cricket field, but when you are having a beer with them in the changing rooms, they are great human beings."

Vote results

Who will win the World Cup?

We asked you to vote earlier on who you think would win the World Cup, and the results are in:

  • New Zealand 25.9%
  • South Africa 22.8%
  • Australia 22.2%
  • India 18.4%
  • Pakistan 5.2%
  • Bangladesh 2.3%
  • Sri Lanka 2.1%
  • West Indies 1.1%

Thanks to everyone for voting. Here are the

terms and conditions.

Man of the match

South Africa spinner Imran Tahir, who took 4-26 to win the man-of-the-match award: "I can't complain. All my hard work paid off. I've been thinking about this game.

"I've got everything from South Africa so I feel I have to pay the country back. I'm really pleased and honoured to be part of this team and to do my part. If you look at our team, there are some really good and some great players. To be playing with them is a dream come true for me.

"It's just a great feeling and that's what motivates me every day. We've been working really hard for this and we're hoping for another two good games."

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Simon Cotton: End of an era. Sanga and Jaya, two legends in the truest sense of the word. And gentlemen to boot. We'll miss you.

Quintin23: Sri Lanka say goodbye to their best performers in ODI ever!

Lachlan Keay: The SCG has always been known to be a spinner's friend... JP has shown why.

Player reaction

South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy on Imran Tahir's wicket celebrations: "He is a passionate guy who loves taking wickets for South Africa. It gets him pumped up and fired up. He is a match-winner for us, and has been for some time now."

Imran Tahir
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Semi-final line-up

For those of you wondering, South Africa will play New Zealand or West Indies in the first semi-final at Eden Park, Auckland on Tuesday 24 March.

The second semi, at Sydney on Thursday 26 March, will feature Australia or Pakistan against India or Bangladesh.

Player reaction

South Africa's hat-trick hero JP Duminy on TMS: "I think I was probably the only one of the team that knew I had taken a hat-trick. I hadn't come close taking one before in any type of cricket, so to do it in a World Cup quarter-final was incredible."

JP Duminy
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Man of the match

Today's man of the match is South Africa spinner Imran Tahir for his 4-26.

Final scorecard

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets

Sri Lanka 133 (37.2 overs): Sangakkara 45; Tahir 4-26, Duminy 3-29, including hat-trick

South Africa 134-1 (18 overs): De Kock 78*

Fall of wickets: 40-1 (Amla 16)

Bowling figures: Malinga 6-0-43-1, Dilshan 2-0-10-0, Kulasekera 1-0-13-0, Kaushal 6-0-25-0, Chameera 2-0-29-0, Perera 1-0-10-0

Sri Lanka won toss

Scorecard

Sangakkara and Jayawardene are shaking hands with their opponents and team-mates alike, and even getting a few big bear hugs from some of them.

But, as has been pointed out, although they're departing the ODI stage, Sanga will play on in Test cricket for a little longer - while both will feature in England this summer: Jayawardene is playing the first half of the T20 Blast season for Sussex, while Sangakkara will be with Surrey for much of the season. Go and watch them while you can.

Allan Border

Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

"All the talk ahead of the game was South Africa's inability to win in the knock-out stages. Sri Lanka were not allowed to get into the game. and South Africa have won the game in such a convincing manner, but you do feel sorry for the retiring Sri Lanka greats Sangakkara and Jayawardene."

So, South Africa finally have the World Cup knock-out monkey off their backs. But there's a big ovation at the SCG as the South Africans wait to applaud Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, two giants of the game who are stepping off an ODI field for the final time.

How's stat?!

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"This is the quickest successful chase to win a World Cup knockout game. The previous record was 20.1 overs, when Australia made 133-2 to beat Pakistan at Lord's in the 1999 final."

Australia 1999
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Champagne moment

SOUTH AFRICA BEAT SRI LANKA BY NINE WICKETS (WITH 32 OVERS TO SPARE) TO REACH WORLD CUP SEMI-FINALS

SA 134-1

Quiton De Kock and Faf du Plessis
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And that's the win - De Kock smashes the last ball of the 18th over for four through the covers to complete a nine-wicket thumping.

Allan Border

Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

"South Africa have stuck with De Kock in a fantastic display of faith. They go into the semi-final with all of their players having contributed at some stage of the tournament."

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Quinton de Kock
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SA 130-1 (target 134)

Make that four needed - Malinga slings down a bouncer which is deemed an aerial wide.

Allan Border

Ex-Australia captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Sri Lanka will be very disappointed with the way they have played today. South Africa have sent a message that they will be a hard side to beat, but Sri Lanka just lost their way totally. They have some seriously good players and they should have been able to cope with the South Africa bowlers. Sending Kusal Perera in first up was a bold move on the surface, but I thought it a misjudged move. They should have sent in Thirimanne - it's a knockout game, go in with tried and tested performers."

SA 129-1

If you're a Proteas fan, you can fire up the braai and start unpacking the well-known brand of lager long associated with South African cricket, as your side is on the way to a famous victory here. Malinga returns to the attack, but De Kock and Du Plessis keep chipping away with ones, twos and even a three - only five more needed now.

Quiton de Kock and Faf du Plessis
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Neil Manthorp

BBC Test Match Special

"I just wonder whether Kaushal will he summoned to the head teacher's office at some point, in this new era of zero tolerance of flex. But he is certainly an exciting prospect with what he does with the ball."

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SA 123-1 (target 134)

In fact, Kaushal - who was one of the young players supported by the Foundation of Goodness charity and an MCC scholarship programme - has changed ends. De Kock edges his first ball for three, Du Plessis adds a couple more, and there's a half-hearted appeal for a wicket as the helmeted short leg takes a catch... it came off the pad. 11 needed.

Kevin Pietersen

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

On England's exit at the group stage with two wins from six games: "I watched bits and pieces. It was just disappointing the way the tournament went. There are some really good players, but it was just the style of the way they played and they are a lot better than that.

"But it will be a good experience for some of these young players. They will see how tough it is, but I do believe it will get much better.

"I think it got as bad as it could possible get, but it's time to move on. Hopefully they will learn from it and better things will happen for England going forward."

Neil Manthorp

BBC Test Match Special

"It's just been pointed out to me that I'm about to do what no South African commentator has ever done before... commentate on a World Cup knockout win."

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SA 118-1 (target 134)

Young Kaushal is off after taking 0-20 from five, Dilshan is recalled after bvowling just that solitary over with the new ball. Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock help themselves to ones and twos at will, reducing their requirement to 16 runs from 34 overs.