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By Mark Mitchener and Michael Emons

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  1. Post update

    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
  2. Post update

    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
  3. 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."

  4. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    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.

  5. 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
  6. '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."

  7. Post update

    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
  8. 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."

  9. Email

    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.

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

    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!"

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

  12. Post update

    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
  13. 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.

  14. Post update

    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
  15. Join the debate at #bbccricket

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

  16. Post update

    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."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

    Mahela Jayawardene
  17. 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."

  18. 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.

  19. 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."

  20. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    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.

  21. 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
  22. 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.

  23. 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
  24. Man of the match

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

  25. 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


  26. Post update

    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.

  27. Post update

    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."

  28. Post update

    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.

  29. 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
  30. Champagne moment


  31. SA 134-1

    Quiton De Kock and Faf du Plessis

    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.

  32. Post update

    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."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

    Quinton de Kock
  33. SA 130-1 (target 134)

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

  34. Post update

    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."

  35. 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
  36. Post update

    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."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

  37. 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.

  38. Post update

    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."

  39. Post update

    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."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

  40. 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.

  41. Post update

    Kevin Pietersen

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "If South Africa debrief after the game, they will have all the boxes ticked. They have not let Sri Lanka play cricket today.

    "The way they started at Sangakkara, to have him five off 30 balls, that does not mean he has batted badly. It means South Africa have bowled beautifully."

  42. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "This must be the dampest of squibs we have ever had in a World Cup quarter-final, if you look at it in terms of numbers."

  43. De Kock dropped on 57

    SA 110-1 (target 134)

    Chameera gets the hook after two rather forgettable overs, and fellow right-arm seamer Thisara Perera is on as Sri Lanka's sixth bowler, looking to make amends for his third-ball duck. But it's business as usual for South Africa as left-hander De Kock brutally pulls him for four from outside off stump, then lofts one over deep mid-wicket... and is dropped by the diving Kusal Perera as the ball trickles over the boundary. Sri Lanka must want this to end now, as a wide advances the score - only 24 more needed, and at the rate they're going, they could do it in the next couple of overs.

    Kusal Perera
  44. Post update

    Kevin Pietersen

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Quinton de Kock has that little innocence of youth and a nice touch about him. I asked him where he had been this World Cup and he said: 'I turn up when it counts!'"

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

  45. SA 100-1 (target 134)

    De Kock forges ahead, South Africa move remorselessly into three figures. The second fifty has only taken them 31 balls (compared to 55 for the first 50).

  46. Post update

    Kevin Pietersen

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "There is a huge amount of pressure put on South Africa, as JP Duminy and Dale Steyn said in their pre-match interviews, and to get rid of this choking tag they think they are going to have to win the World Cup."

  47. Scorecard update

    South Africa 96-1 (13 overs) - target 134

    Batsmen: De Kock 50*, Du Plessis 13*

    Fall of wickets: 40-1 (Amla 16)

    Bowling figures: Malinga 5-0-32-1, Dilshan 1-0-2-0, Kulasekera 1-0-13-0, Kaushal 4-0-16-0, Chameera 2-0-29-0

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

    Sri Lanka won toss


  48. De Kock 50

    SA 96-1 (target 134)

    That's a confident half-century from De Kock, who started the day taking a great catch behind the stumps and now has his first fifty of the tournament.

    Chameera is doing his best, but this has been a pretty horrid spell from him. Even the fielding gets a bit scrappy as the Proteas take another couple of singles... oh dear, then there's another legside wide. He has 0-29 from two overs.

    Quiton de Kock
  49. Vote - who will win the World Cup?

    Who do you think will win the World Cup?

    Vote on the top right-hand side of the page or under the 'Vote' tab on mobile devices.

    The vote will close at 09:00 GMT with results published here shortly after. Read the terms and conditions here.

  50. SA 92-1

    The batsmen get a quick drink and change of gloves between overs from Aaron Phangiso, the spinner who's been carrying the drinks for the entire World Cup - he's their only squad member who hasn't got a game, and looks unlikely to unless they get a lot of injuries.

    Chameera is taking some punishment here, De Kock steering his first ball for four, before the seamer bangs in an awful legside wide - a legside Harmison ball, if you were - which gives keeper Sangakkara no chance and disappears for five wides. Undaunted, the paceman tries a bouncer which De Kock attempts to pull and it goes for four leg byes - via his helmet.

  51. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Sydney

    "'He's good, this kid,' says Michael Vaughan of Kaushal. 'He'll be bowling England out sometime soon'."

  52. SA 79-1 (target 134)

    Aggers and KP are reunited on TMS as young Kaushal spins down his fourth over, there's a brief "ooh" from the crowd as De Kock prods forward and the ball spoons up towards mid-wicket but well short of a fielder. The debutant also has Du Plessis playing and missing - and in terms of economy he's doing pretty well, just two singles from the over. He has 0-16 from four.

  53. SA 77-1 (De Kock 43, Du Plessis 11)

    This over is a total mixed bag - boundaries, wides, no-balls... The tall Chameera has De Kock playing and missing at a yorker-length delivery just outside off stump, but then he's charged with a wide trying to test him down the leg side. Du Plessis helps himself to a two, and, after an aerial wide, the right-hander helps a single to third man. 16 from Chameera's over.

    Faf du Plessis
  54. SA 71-1

    After five wicketless Malinga overs, Sri Lanka turn to right-arm seamer Dushmantha Chameera - whose international experience so far extends to taking 2-60 from eight overs against New Zealand, and 3-51 from 7.1 against Scotland. He runs in from the Randwick End, but De Kock is going well here, drilling a four wide of mid-off and thumping another through mid-wicket (off yet another no-ball, to boot). South Africa are more than halfway to their target already.

    Quinton de Kock
  55. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "We are almost seeing the future of Sri Lanka cricket, and in the most trying of circumstances. Kaushal bowled quite well, and Chameera, though he has barely played, bowled quite quickly against Scotland."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

  56. SA 61-1 (target 134)

    Kaushal has rather been thrown into the lions' den here - meanwhile, South Africa will welcome the opportunity for their off-form opener De Kock to play himself back into form in time for the semi-finals, while Du Plessis - who missed the last game with a back injury - also gets some much-needed middle practice. The Proteas plunder some ones and twos, while De Kock slaps another four square of the wicket - he has 34 from 29 balls. Powerplay concluded.

  57. SA 53-1 (De Kock 29, Du Plessis 4)

    Finally, Malinga gets through the over. Just 81 more needed... from 41 overs.

    Meanwhile, the old firm of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene - standing at wicketkeeper and slip respectively - look as though they know the game's up and this will be their ODI swansong today at the SCG.

  58. SA 53-1 (target 134)

    Du Plessis, quick between the wickets, steers Malinga for two, while the Slinger looks to tempt him with a ring of six fielders crowding the off side. A single takes him to four, De Kock pulls another no-ball over mid-on for three. The free-hit ball... is a wide, so they get another free-hit. It never rains, but it pours...

  59. Post update

    Jim Maxwell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Watch how the ball comes out of Kaushal's hand. The release is fascinating - it doesn't come out of the front of the hand. He goes over the ball somehow."

  60. SA 45-1 (De Kock 26, Du Plessis 1)

    Young debutant Tharindu Kaushal gets a second over, going round the wicket again and skipping between the umpire and the stumps. Du Plessis, standing tall, guides a single off his legs. South Africa play him with all the caution they might for any other 22-year-old who they've never seen bowl before.

    Tharindu Kaushal
  61. Post update

    Here's what De Kock's World Cup stats were like before today...

    Quinton de Kock
  62. SA 44-1 (target 134)

    South Africa resume their remorseless run chase as Malinga slings down a wideish delivery which Quinton de Kock crashes through cover point for four. The Slinger's response is a bouncer which De Kock ducks.

    The new batsman, by the way, is Faf du Plessis. He's not faced a ball yet.

  63. Post update

    We're ready to resume. Lasith Malinga, marking out his run-up, has two deliveries left to finish the seventh over.

  64. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    On England's Test squad for the West Indies, set to be announced at 11:45 GMT:

    "If they go with Adil Rashid, I hope England will have done their homework and spoken to Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale and coach Jason Gillespie about how to manage him best. He's a talented kid and I'd expect him to go on that trip. I hope they don't go for Tredwell in Test cricket as that would be a backward step - they'd better go for young Riley who took his place at Kent. And I think Mark Wood, the young quick bowler at Durham, will go."

  65. The state of play

    If you are just joining us this morning, the first World Cup quarter-final has seen an unlikely hat-trick hero in South Africa's part-time off-spinner JP Duminy.

    He took 3-29, and Imran Tahir 4-26 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 133 in 37.2 overs, with only Kumar Sangakkara showing any resistance with an uncharacteristically ponderous 45 from 96 balls.

    The Proteas are well on target for victory at 40-1 in the seventh over, with Quinton de Kock looking in good touch on 22 not out from 18 balls.

  66. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The tour to the Caribbean is an intriguing one - Alastair Cook's not scored a Test century for two years so he needs runs. He needs to put that to bed, England need to win some games and get the feel-good factor back. I'd expect the Windies will open the bowling with Jerome Taylor at one end, and someone like Marlon Samuels to target Cook's pads."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

  67. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Larry the Leprechaun: Sanga's great World Cup has been to Sri Lanka's detriment as they clearly didn't have enough middle wicket practice in the lead up to today.

  68. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I would go with Jonathan Trott in the Test squad - although it's a gamble. I think he's got some technical issues which he's had time to iron out, but from what I've heard from the Lions trip to South Africa, they did target him with the short ball and I heard he did OK. I'm sure the ECB have done all their research to make sure he's ready."

  69. Post update

    If you weren't with us earlier, Kevin Pietersen - making his TMS summarising debut - said he will "do anything" to regain his England place, and confirmed he wants to play county cricket this summer.

    Read more on the BBC Sport website.

  70. Live now

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    India batsman Suresh Raina, on Thursday's quarter-final against Bangladesh in Melbourne: "We have done well in batting, bowling and fielding. We have three games to go but you cannot take Bangladesh lightly. We lost against them in the 2007 World Cup and in the Asia Cup. They know how to play one-day cricket from their experience of both the Indian and the Bangladesh Premier Leagues. We need to go there and express ourselves."

  71. Post update

    If you've not voted yet, we want to know who you think will win the World Cup on 29 March.

    You can have your say by voting on the top right-hand side of the page or under the 'Vote' tab on mobile devices.

    The vote will close at 09:00 GMT with results published here shortly after. Read the terms and conditions here.

  72. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "De Kock looks in the mood tonight and it has been a good start by South Africa. The pitch looks good and he is timing the ball. He will have a bit of tea in the dressing-room, and then it won't take long for South Africa to knock off the remaining 80-odd runs to win the game."

    Quinton De Kock
  73. Post update

    TMS are now hearing from Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, about their famous win over India at the 2007 World Cup.

  74. Live now

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Sri Lanka sports psychologist Jeremy Snape, speaking to TMS about Kumar Sangakkara: "We talk about the time between balls, and not letting the last ball affect the way you think about the next one. But the teaching of that is different to doing it in practice, and doing it four times in a row. He is a craftsman, who can stay in the moment, focusing on the next ball and not on the consequence of the game. You see in his results the compound effect of that."

    Kumar Sangakkara
  75. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Prayags: It's great that matches are at work time for India. My wife still does not have the slightest whiff of the World Cup. Blissful married life.

  76. Live now

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Sri Lanka sports psychologist Jeremy Snape, speaking to Test Match Special about run chases: "The psychology of run chases is fascinating. It should be simpler. You know exactly what you need to get,. The challenge is when you get closer to the result. It contaminates your thinking, and you think about losing wickets and losing the match, whereas four hours earlier, you are not thinking about the result. The best run chasers say that the game is longer than you think."

  77. Live now

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Keep your ears pinned to Test Match Special during the interval - they're going to look ahead to the announcement (at 11:45 GMT today - just over four hours' time) of England's Test squad to tour West Indies. Rumours abound of a possible recall for Jonathan Trott - possibly as an opener. They'll also be looking ahead to tomorrow's India v Bangladesh game.

    But first, they're speaking to former England one-day spinner Jeremy Snape, who's now working with the Sri Lanka squad in his new(ish) role as a sports psychologist.

  78. Hat-trick hero

    JP Duminy, who took a hat-trick en route to figures of 3-29: "I've never got close to a hat-trick so I'm pretty pleased with that performance.

    "There wasn't really a lot of purchase out there so it was mainly about keeping the runs down."

    JP Duminy
  79. Interval scorecard

    South Africa 40-1 (6.4 overs) - target 134

    Batsman: De Kock 22*

    Fall of wickets: 40-1 (Amla 16)

    Bowling figures: Malinga 3.4-0-20-1, Dilshan 1-0-2-0, Kulasekara 1-0-13-0, Kaushal 1-0-5-0.

    Sri Lanka 133 (37.2 overs): Sangakkara 45, Thirimanne 41, Tahir 4-26, Duminy 3-29.

    Sri Lanka won toss


  80. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "The TV umpire Richard Kettleborough says that as Malinga landed, part of his foot was behind the line. It looked like a no-ball when they froze the frame, but a fraction of his heel landed behind the line."

  81. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "AB de Villiers has been very bullish, in saying South Africa are the best team in the tournament. I think the semi-finals will go to form, with Australia, India and New Zealand having too much for their opponents. And they are the four best teams in the tournament."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

  82. Interval

    And on that note, they're going to take lunch, or dinner, or tea, or whatever you like. A 40-minute interval, whatever you call it.

  83. WICKET

    Amla c Kulasekara b Malinga 16 (SA 40-1)

    It's marginal, but it's a legal delivery as his foot landed with a small portion behind the line - so Amla goes.


    Sri Lankan team celebrate
  84. Third umpire

    Sri Lanka persist with Malinga - Amla hangs his bat out at a wide one and Kulasekara takes a superb tumbling catch, running round at third man - or does he? They're checking for the no-ball...

  85. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Tharindu Kaushal is the second player to make his ODI debut in a World Cup knockout game. Wayne Larkins - England against New Zealand in the 1979 semi-final - was the other."

    Wayne Larkins
  86. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a terrific story about Kaushal, who came through the Foundation of Goodness charity which was set up after the tsunami, and is heavily supported by MCC. How many other teams would throw a youngster into a World Cup quarter-final for his first game? Possibly only Pakistan?"

  87. SA 37-0 (Amla 14, De Kock 22)

    It's time for the rookie ODI debutant to bowl - 22-year-old Tharindu Kaushal, described as a mystery spinner by his captain, and bowling round the wicket - he's all arms and legs, and I'd be surprised if South Africa had ever seen him bowl before. Amla has a look at a couple, before pushing a three through mid-wicket. De Kock guides an easy two - a tidy, if unspectacular start from the young man.

    Tharindu Kausha
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  89. SA 32-0 (target 134)

    Thankfully for Sri Lanka, the "free hit" ball is a trademark Malinga yorker which De Kock digs out. Time for a couple more overs before the "real" interval.

    Lasith Malinga
  90. SA 32-0

    Once more, Amla pushes the first ball of the over for a single and De Kock then takes over, not the prettiest of strokes but he finds the point boundary again for another four, before it all goes wrong for the Slinger as he bowls a no-ball, Kusal Perera misfields at square leg letting the ball straight through him, and they run a couple.

    Hashim Amla
  91. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "With that big backlift, on form De Kock can be destructive, but there are also things that can go wrong. He does time the ball effortlessly, though, he has that natural gift that most left-handers have."

  92. SA 24-0 (target 134)

    With scores of seven, seven, 12, one, nought and 26, it's not been a memorable World Cup for De Kock, but he flicks Kulasekara for his third boundary of the over, this time through mid-wicket. Easystreet so far for the Proteas - they went to the beach yesterday, and I'd suspect after this performance, may do so again.

  93. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Duminy got a hat-trick bowling rollers. And Sri Lanka are excellent players of spin. I wonder if Sri Lanka focused all their energies on Morkel and Steyn and Abbott and the real quality pace bowlers. I can't imagine they thought about Duminy, and he has kind of snuck up on them."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

  94. SA 20-0 (Amla 10, De Kock 10)

    After experimenting with an over of Dilshan, Sri Lanka turn to the right-arm seam of Nuwan Kulasekara - expect plenty of bowling changes as they have to go for broke here. But with only two men outside the circle in the powerplay, De Kock does well to find the gap with back-to-back square-driven fours.

    Quinton de Kock
  95. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "There is a 7-2 off side field so there is not a great deal of protection if Malinga does drop short and the ball gets hit away on the on side."

  96. SA 11-0 (target 134)

    To confirm, this mini-session will last until about 07:20 GMT - at which point we'll have a 40-minute break. After Amla pushes one for another two, Malinga slings one down which beats the bearded right-handed outside off stump, but a single to third man means he has eight from his first 11 balls - positively Usain Bolt-like in speed compared to Sangakkara's innings. Malinga goes round the wicket to the leftie De Kock, but the Proteas are pushing along nicely here. Five from the over.

    Hashim Amla
  97. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Sydney

    "The sun is back out, which isn't good news for Sri Lanka. Before the rain/end of the Sri Lanka innings, we were interrupted by a pitch invader (not a streaker, because he had his clothes on). We've seen a few in the tournament, one who got all the way across the pitch in Christchurch, but this chap was brutally tackled by about four stewards. He could well have whiplash."

  98. SA 6-0 (Amla 5, De Kock 1)

    Sri Lanka turn to spin with the other new ball - off-spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan will bowl to the left-handed Quinton de Kock, with a slip and a leg slip in place. De Kock, who's struggled with the bat this tournament, pushes his first ball for a single. Amla steers one off his legs for one.

  99. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's so important to target that fifth bowler in the circle, but Sri Lanka just allowed Imran Tahir to bowl deliveries that they played with a forward defensive, with no sweeps to manoeuvre the field. It was very unlike Sri Lanka, and a disappointing display from a team that generally arrives at the big stage. They had an off day, a couple of dodgy hours."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

  100. SA 4-0 (target 134)

    With Sri Lanka needing to take early wickets or face an early flight back to Colombo, they've posted two slips among seven men on the off side. Captain Mathews is still wearing a heavy strapping on one finger on his left hand from when he was struck a nasty blow while batting. Amla sees off the rest of Malinga's over, which ends with a hard stare from the bowler.

  101. SA 4-0 (target 134)

    Lasith Malinga charges in with the new ball, and Hashim Amla smacks it through the covers for four. This innings may not last long...

  102. Post update

    Time for Sri Lanka to unleash The Slinger - with 30 minutes until the interval.

  103. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "De Villiers is playing it in the modern way by selecting attacking bowlers rather than bowlers who contain. If you hang in there and keep it tight, you could be in trouble if you take three wickets after 30 overs. That is how you have to play on good pitches like this, you have to get people out. It makes cricket a better game."

  104. Post update

    It's been one of those mini-intervals where the side batting first is out so soon, that they only have a 10-minute interval before the side batting second resumes, before the "proper" interval is taken at the "proper" time. So here come the South African openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla.

  105. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "If they win, this will be a significant hurdle - South Africa would then go to Auckland, where we think they'd play New Zealand [if they beat West Indies] - what a game that would be."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

  106. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    The Mighty Mojo: Sangakkara looked punched out. He's involved in such a high percentage of the match - keeping wicket and batting at three.

  107. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "De Villiers is the least formulaic captain South Africa have ever had. When Hansie Cronje was captain, they'd win about 80% of the games but it would always be so formulaic, with the opening bowlers always bowling six overs, et cetera. De Villiers is innovative but the problem is, he can never get 50 overs finished in time."

    AB De Villiers
  108. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think I have seen Steyn bowl quicker, he gave nothing away and got rid of Dilshan. The initiative was never seized by Sri Lanka. South Africa turned to spin, and between the aggressive and attacking Tahir, and blow me, the orthodox off-spin of Duminy, they took seven wickets through spin."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

  109. End-of-innings scorecard

    Sri Lanka 133 (37.2 overs)

    Batsman: Chameera 2*

    Fall of wickets: 3-1 (K Perera 3), 4-2 (Dilshan 0), 69-3 (Thirimanne 41), 81-4 (Jayawardene 4), 114-5 (Mathews 19), 115-6 (T Perera 0), 116-7 (Kulasekara 1), 116-8 (Kaushal 0), 127-9 (Sangakkara 45), 133-10 (Malinga 3)

    Bowling figures: Steyn 7-2-18-1, Abbott 6-1-27-1, Morkel 7-1-27-1, Duminy 9-1-29-3, Tahir 8.2-0-26-4.

    Sri Lanka won toss


  110. Post update

    And the maths are now simple: South Africa need to score 134, from 50 overs, to win their first ever World Cup knock-out game.

    Lose this one, and it's fair to predict that the word "chokers" might be trending on social media in a couple of hours' time.

  111. Post update

    Neil Manthorp

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It was too short and wide but instead of slapping it over the off field, Malinga picked out David Miller."

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  112. WICKET

    Malinga c Miller b Tahir 3 (SL 133 all out)

    So, who to break the last-wicket partnership? Leg-spinner Imran Tahir is brought back on, but we're still in powerplay so there are only three scouts posted outside the circle. Malinga, bleached-blond hair sticking out of the back of his helmet, slaps a short and wide ball straight to cover to end the innings.

    Imran Tahir
  113. SL 131-9

    That's a good hit for a number 10, Chameera bashes the free-hit ball over mid-on for a couple. A bit of a Brucie bonus for Sri Lanka.

  114. Not out

    ...but he's not out and so Chameera will face a free hit.

  115. Third upire

    In the great tradition of number 11s worldwide, Malinga backs away from his first couple of deliveries from Morkel, but manages to jam his bat down and dig out the third. Just when Morkel's about to join up the dots for a wicket maiden, Morkel bowls a no-ball, Malinga aims a baseball-style cross-batted blast over the bowler's head, they run two, go for a third and there's a risk of a run-out...

  116. Post update

    And we're ready to resume. Chameera has been joined by last man Lasith Malinga, who will be facing Morne Morkel.

  117. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The innings never got going, but there were possibilities at 105-4 of respectability. In the bat of an eyelid it was 127-9 and the game is just about done and dusted. I can't remember a significant error in the field, the bowlers have been on the money, and the real bonus has been Duminy."

  118. Post update

    And the big question... even chasing a low total, can South Africa finally get the monkey off their back and finally win a World Cup knock-out game?

    It's a bit harsh to be tarred with the brush of failure by previous generations - for example, if your football team had never won at QPR since the 1950s, rest assured that's the statistic which will be wheeled out each time, even if you've not played them there more than half-a-dozen times in the intervening 60 years.

    None of this current SA team were involved in the 1992, 1996, 1999 or 2003 World Cups, though some played in 2007 and 2011. Time to lay the ghost?

    South Africa lose in 1999
  119. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I see Imran Tahir out there doing some bowling. Maybe he's dropping a hint to his captain, I'm sure a few of them would like to have a go at 10 and 11."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

  120. Post update

    Kevin Pietersen

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    On the Big Bash, which Pietersen played in during the Australian summer:

    "The standard of the Big Bash made it work. People here in Australia supported it and made it work. There were more people watching domestic games than international matches that were going on at the same time.

    "They have done it really well. The standard is so good where you cannot take your foot off the ball at all. It is exotic and it was a spectacle."

  121. What you may have missed...

    If you're just joining us, they've been off for rain in Sydney and hopefully will be back on the field soon.

    What have you missed? Sri Lanka won the toss and batted, and after they lost a couple of early wickets, Lahiru Thirimanne gave them a bit of impetus with a breezy 41, but when he went it was left to Kumar Sangakkara (45) who dropped anchor in a big way.

    Just when he and captain Angelo Mathews were building a firm foundation, Sri Lanka then lost five wickets for 13 runs in 20 balls, including a hat-trick for JP Duminy, and at 127-9 with Sanga gone, there's not much optimism that they'll last a lot longer.

    JP Duminy
  122. Post update

    Kevin Pietersen

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I have expressed my interest in trying to get back into county cricket. If I can do anything that can help me get back into it for England then it's something I want to do.

    "I would have loved to have had it done sooner, but I really want to make the right decision. I would love to get runs in county cricket. I don't know how it's going to happen, I just have to wait and see. There's a few things that need tinkering with, but I do want to make the right decision."

  123. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It's stopped raining so we should be back on soon. If ever there's a team who will be acclimatised to Adelaide, it's Pakistan, they've been there for weeks. They were there eight days before they played Ireland, and they've been there ever since."

  124. Scorecard update

    Sri Lanka 127-9 (36.2 overs) - rain stopped play

    Batsman: Chameera 0*

    Fall of wickets: 3-1 (K Perera 3), 4-2 (Dilshan 0), 69-3 (Thirimanne 41), 81-4 (Jayawardene 4), 114-5 (Mathews 19), 115-6 (T Perera 0), 116-7 (Kulasekara 1), 116-8 (Kaushal 0), 127-9 (Sangakkara 45)

    Bowling figures: Steyn 7-2-18-1, Abbott 6-1-27-1, Morkel 6.2-1-21-1, Duminy 9-1-29-3, Tahir 8-0-26-3.

    Sri Lanka won toss


  125. Post update

    While we're waiting for play to resume, time to reflect on a curate's egg of an innings from Kumar Sangakkara. He made 45 from 96 balls, and while he showed some intent once Chameera had joined him, he didn't show the range of strokes we know he can play, as though he was keen to bat through the innings at all costs.

  126. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Sydney

    "Where has that rain come from? It certainly surprised the groundstaff, who were nowhere near ready. The wicket was uncovered for quite a while, but is now underneath some matting."

  127. Post update

    The Antipodean stadium DJs at this World Cup have been pretty good with their choice of music on these occasions - and their disc of choice now is "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" by Travis. I'm sure that a couple of times in New Zealand-hosted games, when a batsman summoned a replacement bat from the dressing-room, I heard the 1960s "Batman" theme played.

  128. Post update

    Kevin Pietersen

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The groundsmen were not ready for the rain. I'm not sure this rain will help proceedings. All it will do is lengthen the match."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

  129. Rain stops play

    And as if from nowhere, there's a sudden burst of huge, Salfordian rain over the SCG and the players go off.

  130. WICKET

    Sangakkara c Miller b Morkel 45 (SL 127-9)

    With the invader removed, Sangakkara swings at Morkel, the ball skies to third man - and the catch is taken. Nine down. 10 and 11 in. Start the tuk-tuk?


    Morne Morkel
  131. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Sydney

    "It's quite apt that the sun has disappeared behind a cloud, life sucked from the sky like as this contest slides towards one-sidedness. After Kaushal was trapped plumber than Plumby McPlumb, Sangakkara leant on his bat, a man cut adrift to play a lone hand for what could be the final time."

  132. SL 127-8

    Duminy, having bowled a double-wicket maiden and taken a hat-trick, is off and Morne Morkel will bowl - while play is held up by the invasion of a non-streaking streaker, as it were.

  133. Powerplay

    SL 127-8 (Sangakkara 45, Chameera 0)

    Sri Lanka are obliged to take the batting powerplay, but with eight wickets down, you can expect there would have been a pretty attacking field anyway. Kyle Abbott to bowl. Sangakkara shows his tactics - as he knocks the ball to a fielder at third man and declines the chance of a run, keeping Chameera off strike. He does better with the next delivery, bisecting point and that third man fielder, the lumbering Morkel, for four. A swipe over point allows him a hasty two, a club through mid-wicket brings him four, and can he manufacture a single off the last ball with most of the field saving one? Yes he can - a chip over point.

  134. JP Duminy hat-trick

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "JP Duminy's hat-trick is only the second by a South Africa bowler in ODIs. He joins Charl Langeveldt, who achieved the feat against West Indies in Bridgetown in 2005."

    JP Duminy
  135. Post update

    Kevin Pietersen

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a fascinating part of the game now. What does Sangakkara do now? He is batting with the number 10. If I was him, I would be looking to score boundaries off the first four balls and get down the other end. I wouldn't trust the man at the other end to face four or five balls."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

  136. SL 116-8

    So the young debutant is replaced by Dushmantha Chameera, who's only ever batted once in his two previous ODIs, scoring 12 not out. He sees off the rest of the over - Duminy, supposedly the weak link of the South African attack, has a double wicket maiden - and a hat-trick.

  137. Post update

    Kevin Pietersen

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was as out as it gets. A shame for the lad. He gets thrown in after someone else had got injured and does not score. But how often does it happen, where a youngster comes in and is immediately out?

  138. WICKET - Hat-trick

    Kaushal lbw Duminy 0 (SL 116-8)

    Not quite the situation you'd want to come in and bat on your ODI debut - but that's exactly what faces young Tharindu Kaushal. With a slip and a silly point in, he's hit on the pad first ball... and that's absolutely plumb. Missing a straight one. Oh dear. And the delighted JP Duminy has taken a hat-trick as he got a wicket off the last ball of the previous over. I'm not sure the crowd have realised.


    JP Duminy
  139. WICKET

    Kulasekara c De Kock b Duminy 1 (SL 116-7)

    Now there's a collector's item. Kulasekara prods forward to Duminy, South Africa appeal for a catch to the keeper - and Kulasekara walks, without waiting for the umpire's finger to rise.


    JP Duminy
  140. SL 116-6 (Tahir 8-0-26-3)

    Nuwan Kulasekara is the new batsman - Sri Lanka are now really into the realm of bowlers who bat, rather than all-rounders. He's off the mark first ball as he pushes a single through mid-wicket - in contrast, Sangakkara can only hit it straight to a fielder.

  141. WICKET

    T Perera c Rossouw b Tahir 0 (SL 115-6)

    It's clearly Imran Tahir's day - new batsman Thisara Perera edges to slip via the keeper's gloves, he's gone for a duck and Tahir is off on his travels again, charging away in celebration.


    Imran Tahir
  142. Post update

    Kevin Pietersen

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Mathews was caught in between two worlds thinking 'should I stay or should I go'. Almost certainly when you get caught between two worlds you mess it up. It was a half-hearted shot. It's normally an easy shot for him, one he would normally hit for six.

    "I don't think Sri Lanka will get to 250 and they need at least 280."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

  143. WICKET

    Mathews c Du Plessis b Duminy 19 (SL 114-5)

    Just when Sri Lanka are starting to pick up the ones and twos with ease, Mathews comes down the pitch to Duminy and hits it to mid-on where Du Plessis reaches to his left and plucks it out of the air. Five down, and there's now so much resting on Sangakkara - who has 33 from 86 balls.


    JP Duminy
  144. Post update

    Kevin Pietersen

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sangakkara is just standing at one end thinking he will have to bat the 50 overs. If Sri Lanka are to get a respectable total he will have to bat all the way through. Sri Lanka think they can defend any total South Africa make."

    Jonathan Agnew and Kevin Pietersen
  145. SL 108-4

    Mathews belatedly gets one through the covers for a single, but South Africa, an excellent fielding side, really have Sri Lanka on the rack here as Sangakkara can still only plod along in singles. Stand by on TMS - it's Aggers joined by Kevin Pietersen.

    Angelo Mathews
  146. Appeal - not out

    SL 107-4

    Huge shout for lbw from Steyn, who gets down on both knees to beseech umpire Nigel Llong for a leg-before decision against Mathews - but Steyn is met with a stony stare worthy of his umpiring compatriot (now retired) Rudi Koertzen - and the ball-tracker shows the ball sailing over the stumps. Mathews seems paralysed here, back on the crease and unable to get Steyn away.

    Dale Steyn
  147. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka have to explode into life somewhere soon. Mid-wicket looks open and it is quite short to that side. The problem for Sri Lanka is that South Africa have had the best strike rate in the last 10 overs, but also have the best economy rate with their bowlers in their last 10 overs."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary via the audio icon.

  148. SL 107-4 (Sangakkara 30, Mathews 15)

    Now, South Africa still have four "fifth bowler" overs to smuggle through at some point - and they have a chance to get two or three in before the batting powerplay is taken, so turn back to JP Duminy's part-time off-spin. (Stay tuned on TMS for another part-time international off-spinner, born in South Africa, who will be on summarising duty soon).

    For now, at least, it's the right decision as he keeps Sangakkara and Mathews bottled up - just a single apiece from the over. Sanga has 30 from 80 balls.

    Angelo Mathews
  149. Scorecard update

    Sri Lanka 105-4 (30 overs)

    Batsmen: Sangakkara 29*, Mathews 14*

    Fall of wickets: 3-1 (K Perera 3), 4-2 (Dilshan 0), 69-3 (Thirimanne 41), 81-4 (Jayawardene 4)

    Bowling figures: Steyn 6-2-16-1, Abbott 5-1-16-1, Morkel 6-1-21-0, Duminy 6-0-22-0, Tahir 7-0-24-2.

    Sri Lanka won toss


  150. SL 105-4

    There's no let-up here against the Proteas pace attack - you see off Morne Morkel, and then you get the fearsome Dale Steyn charging in like a wild man from the other end. Sangakkara tips-and-runs a quick single, now, will Mathews get some more chin music here? He pulls a short ball for one, and the left-handed Sangakkara keeps the same fielder busy with one through the covers. Three from the over.

  151. SL 102-4 (Morkel 6-1-21-0)

    Captain AB de Villiers moves his slip to leg slip - there's also a shortish square leg catching, and Mathews fends off another short ball which he squeezes just wide of Roussow in that very position as they run one. Sangakkara rotates the strike, while Mathews does his best to fend off the rest of a very hostile over.

    AB de Villiers
  152. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka have to get at least 240 against a strong South Africa batting line-up that goes so deep. There have been huge scores in the World Cup, but we will not be seeing scores of 350+ any more against these kind of attacks."

  153. SL 100-4

    That was near the knuckle, both literally and metaphorically. Mathews has his finger taped by the physio - he's also sporting one of those ancient armguards, as favoured by Chris Rogers amongst others, which looks like it could fall to bits at any moment. He's OK to continue.

  154. Ouch!

    SL 100-4

    The hundred belatedly comes up as Sangakkara knocks a single to the cover sweeper. The Sri Lankan fans are loving it, though - flags are waved, drums are beaten and trumpets played after every run. But that's a nasty one from Mathews - he's hit on the glove by a lifter from Morkel and calls for the magic spray-wielding physio.

  155. SL 99-4 (Sangakkara 25, Mathews 12)

    Back to pedestrian mode. Sangakkara has taken 71 balls to score 25.

  156. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka are still playing the waiting game, but South Africa have been excellent in the field and with the ball. You still feel that Kumar Sangakkara is setting himself. Sri Lanka have to go up the gears soon - they can't just hope that the last 10 overs will go for 100. Tahir has got them at the moment. Sri Lanka have to take that gamble soon."

    Kumar Sangakkara
  157. SL 97-4

    No sooner said than done. Mathews has a sighter from Tahir then launches a big blast over long-on - it's only four, inches away from being six.

  158. SL 93-4 (Morkel 5-1-18-0)

    Having strangled Sri Lanka with 12 unbroken overs of spin, South Africa turn back to the pace of the towering Morne Morkel. Sangakkara and Mathews are both sporting the new clip-on attachment to the back of their helmets which one of the leading helmet manufacturers has introduced for extra protection to the back and side of the neck, following the death of Phillip Hughes after he was struck there by a short ball last year. Patience is a virtue for the fifth-wicket pair here. The debate on TMS: does Sanga know what he's doing? When do they step up a gear?

  159. SL 89-4 (Sangakkara 23, Mathews 4)

    Thanks, Michael. Plenty for Sri Lanka to ponder, then - but in captain Mathews they have a man for a crisis. It's not for nothing he has the best Test batting record as captain of all time, bar a certain Donald George Bradman.

    Tahir bounces in for his sixth over, and just a couple of singles from it - the leggie has 2-18 from six overs.

  160. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Sydney

    "It was almost as if the significance of that Jayawardene wicket was lost on the crowd. There was no fanfare, no standing ovation. If that was his last international innings, it was low-key in every sense."

  161. SL 87-4 (strike rate 3.48)

    Halfway through and Sri Lanka are struggling here. They have limped to only 87-4. And that is it from me for a while, so time to leave you in the safe hands of Mark Mitchener. Enjoy.

  162. SL 84-4 (Sangakkara 19, Mathews 1)

    A sad way to end for what may well be Mahela Jayawardene's finale.

    It is time for Sri Lanka's big players to step up to make sure he can play one more match. And they have a lot of experience at the crease. Legendary batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been joined by his captain Angelo Mathews.

  163. How's stat?

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Following the dismissal today, Imran Tahir has now dismissed Mahela Jayawardene four times in ODIs, having bowled 34 balls to him and conceded 12 runs (average 3.00, strike rate 35.29)."

    Imran Tahir
  164. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Maybe it wasn't as short as Jayawardene thought - he tried to pull and hit it very tamely to the fielder. He certainly didn't make good contact, a tame ending and who knows whether this might be his last innings for Sri Lanka as he's given up Test cricket and is giving up ODIs at the end of this tournament. Tahir has bowled really well and batting has not been easy - South Africa have created pressure which has never been relieved."

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  165. WICKET

    Jayawardene c Du Plessis b Tahir 4 (SL 81-4)

    Well, Jayawardene's reprieve does not last long. A simple catch for Faf du Plessis at short mid-wicket from a misjudged pull shot and Sri Lanka are in all kinds of trouble. Remember, they won the toss and chose to bat first.


    Imran Tahir
  166. Not out

    SL 77-3

    It is great hearing the discussions between the umpires, which has only been brought in for the first time in this World Cup today. The projected impact is 'umpire's call' so Nigel Llong, who said the batsman was not out, does not have to change his decision.

    Four singles then come from the 23rd over.

    Imran Tahir