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As it happened: Proteas ease into semi-finals

AB de Villliers walks off the field after being dismissed against India in a Pool B Cricket World Cup match.
AB de Villliers walks off the field after being dismissed against India in a Pool B Cricket World Cup match.
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18 Mar 2015

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18 Mar 2015

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The Proteas play their semi-final match next Tuesday in Auckland.

It will be against either New Zealand or West Indies.

Be sure to join us then for more interactive commentary from 03:00 (SA time)!

18 Mar 2015

Quotes from SA captain AB de Villiers:

"I didn't have to say much, we were very motivated for this game. The guys were in a really good space and they rocked up mentally...

"I was going to bat first but I would have backed the batters to do a good job out there. It was incredible the job the bowlers did up front.

"De Kock  has been going through a tough time, you go through patches in your career, the coaches kept backing him, for him to pull it off with a really special knock and a couple of catches.

"The spinners came in at a crucial stage, we kept them back until the 14-15th over, so for the two of them to come on against a subcontinental team at a crucial stage was really impressive.

"I'm quietly confident, I like to believe in big things. I truly believe we're going to go all the way. For now we're just going to enjoy a beer and think about what's to come."

18 Mar 2015

Quotes from Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews:

"We had to get 250 to give our bowlers a chance. Maybe the nerves, we didn't go for our shots. This is the worst performance that we've had in the World Cup and it came in the quarter-final.

"We know South Africa have a really good attack but we were not there from ball one.

"It's disappointing not to make it a memorable one for Sangakkara and Jayawardene, to thank them for their services for 16-17 years. The best thing would have been to get to the final but unfortunately that hasn't happened."

18 Mar 2015

Quotes from man-of-the-match Imran Tahir:

"I can't complain, thanks for the support from back home and the people here. I've been thinking about this game and I'm really glad.

"I've got everything from South Africa, so I always say I have to give everything back. I just try to do my role, it's an absolute honour and I'm loving it.

"There's some good and great players (in the team), just playing with them is a dream come true for me. It's a great feeling and motivates me every day."

18 Mar 2015

South Africa in Cricket World Cup knockout games:

1992 (SF-lost to Eng)

1996 (QF-lost to WI)

1999 (SF-tied with Aus)

2007 (SF-lost to Aus)

2011 (QF-lost to NZ)

2015 (QF-beat SL)

18 Mar 2015

"I have got everything from South Africa so I really feel I have to pay the country back," Tahir on his crazy wicket celebrations.

18 Mar 2015

MAN-OF-THE-MATCH

SA leg-spinner Imran Tahir has received the best player award for claiming figures of 4/26 in 8.2 overs.

18 Mar 2015

The Proteas will play either New Zealand or West Indies in the semi-finals in Auckland next Tuesday!

New Zealand and the West Indies square off in Wellington in their quarter-final on Saturday.

18 Mar 2015

Well done to the Proteas, who have finally won a knockout game at the Cricket World Cup - at their 6th attempt!

De Kock finishes not out 78 off just 57 balls. He has found form in the nick of time!

18 Mar 2015

South Africa 134/1 after 18 overs.

Result: SA win by 9 wickets!

18 Mar 2015

FOUR! De Kock drives Malinga through the covers to end Sri Lanka's misery...

18 Mar 2015

Only 4 runs needed for victory now...

18 Mar 2015

MATCH ATTENDANCE: 27 259

18 Mar 2015

SA 123/1 after 17 overs.

They need 11 runs to win off 33 overs!

18 Mar 2015

OVERS 15: SA 110/1

They require 24 more runs to win off 210 balls.

18 Mar 2015

It would have been the catch of the tournament!

18 Mar 2015

CHANCE! De Kock is dropped in the deep by Kusal Perera and it goes for a boundary...

It was nevertheless a great diving attempt by the Sri Lankan fielder there...

18 Mar 2015

FOUR! Too short from Perera and De Kock duly pulls him away to the boundary.

18 Mar 2015

Seamer Thisara Perera now into the attack for Sri Lanka as South Africa need 34 runs to win off 36 overs.

18 Mar 2015

100 up  for South Africa, coming off 13.5 overs.

18 Mar 2015

HALF-CENTURY for De Kock, coming off 39 balls.

It's his 5th ODI half-century, to go with 6 centuries.

18 Mar 2015

50 PARTNERSHIP between De Kock and Du Plessis.

18 Mar 2015

FOUR! De Kock with a beautiful on drive against Chameera. He looks in fine form now...

18 Mar 2015

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18 Mar 2015

De Kock misses out on the free hit. It's remarkable how often the free hit delivery yields no runs...

18 Mar 2015

FREE HIT

Chameera over-steps to give De Kock a free shot.

18 Mar 2015

FOUR MORE! De Kock now pulls Chameera for another boundary to move into the 40s.

18 Mar 2015

FOUR! De Kock with another beautiful cover drive to the boundary. It takes him to 38.

18 Mar 2015

Seamer Dushmantha Chameera is the new bowler into the attack for Sri Lanka.

18 Mar 2015

OVERS 10: SA 61/1

They require 73 more runs to win off 240 balls.

18 Mar 2015

FOUR! De Kock cuts Kaushal past point for another boundary.

18 Mar 2015

Du Plessis can't get a full toss away and the free hit is wasted...

18 Mar 2015

Malinga's free hit delivery is a wide, so Du Plessis will have another go...

18 Mar 2015

FREE HIT

Malinga over-steps which gives Du Plessis the opportunity to have a go at one.

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