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Mar 21, 2015

South Africa’s de Kock emerges from the ‘dark spaces’

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Quinton de Kock’s return to form in South Africa’s World Cup quarter-final rout of Sri Lanka was one of the most pleasing aspects of a convincing victory for the Proteas, not least for the talented 22-year-old batsman himself.

No one doubts the lefthanded opener’s talent but producing your best under pressure at the World Cup is an entirely different matter, as the players who have taken part in South Africa’s previous campaigns will attest.

Mar 21, 2015

Cricket-South Africa’s de Kock emerges from the ‘dark spaces’

SYDNEY, March 21 (Reuters) – Quinton de Kock’s return to form in South Africa’s World Cup quarter-final rout of Sri Lanka was one of the most pleasing aspects of a convincing victory for the Proteas, not least for the talented 22-year-old batsman himself.

No one doubts the lefthanded opener’s talent but producing your best under pressure at the World Cup is an entirely different matter, as the players who have taken part in South Africa’s previous campaigns will attest.

Mar 21, 2015

Australia expecting a very different India in World Cup semi-final

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia skipper Michael Clarke expects to face a very different India in next week’s World Cup semi-final from the team they hammered in a test series and beat comfortably in a one-day international in January.

Co-hosts Australia reached the last four with a six-wicket victory over Pakistan at Adelaide Oval on Friday to set up the meeting with the reigning champions at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) next Thursday.

Mar 21, 2015

Australia expecting a very different India in semi-final

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia skipper Michael Clarke expects to face a very different India in next week’s World Cup semi-final from the team they hammered in a test series and beat comfortably in a one-day international in January.

Co-hosts Australia reached the last four with a six-wicket victory over Pakistan at Adelaide Oval on Friday to set up the meeting with the reigning champions at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) next Thursday.

Mar 21, 2015

Cricket-Australia expecting a very different India in semi-final

SYDNEY, March 21 (Reuters) – Australia skipper Michael Clarke expects to face a very different India in next week’s World Cup semi-final from the team they hammered in a test series and beat comfortably in a one-day international in January.

Co-hosts Australia reached the last four with a six-wicket victory over Pakistan at Adelaide Oval on Friday to set up the meeting with the reigning champions at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) next Thursday.

Mar 18, 2015

Last four nowhere near enough for rampant South Africa

SYDNEY (Reuters) – South Africa made quite a statement in their quarter-final rout of Sri Lanka on Wednesday but AB de Villiers warned their rivals that reaching the last four of the World Cup was by no means the extent of their ambitions.

In the shortest knockout match at any World Cup, the Proteas crushed Sri Lanka by nine wickets with 32 overs to spare at the Sydney Cricket Ground to set up a semi-final meeting with New Zealand or West Indies in Auckland next Tuesday.

Mar 18, 2015

Cricket-Last four nowhere near enough for rampant South Africa

SYDNEY, March 18 (Reuters) – South Africa made quite a statement in their quarter-final rout of Sri Lanka on Wednesday but AB de Villiers warned their rivals that reaching the last four of the World Cup was by no means the extent of their ambitions.

In the shortest knockout match at any World Cup, the Proteas crushed Sri Lanka by nine wickets with 32 overs to spare at the Sydney Cricket Ground to set up a semi-final meeting with New Zealand or West Indies in Auckland next Tuesday.

Mar 18, 2015

Sangakkara walks away happy, says Sri Lanka in a good place

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Kumar Sangakkara bid farewell to limited overs cricket on Wednesday, disappointed with a World Cup quarter-final defeat but happy that Sri Lanka were in a better place than when he came into the side in 2000.

The elegant lefthander scored 45 runs against South Africa to take his tournament tally to 541, including his record four successive centuries, but it never looked like being enough as Sri Lanka were blown away at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Mar 18, 2015

Cricket-Sangakkara walks away happy, says Sri Lanka in a good place

SYDNEY, March 18 (Reuters) – Kumar Sangakkara bid farewell to limited overs cricket on Wednesday, disappointed with a World Cup quarter-final defeat but happy that Sri Lanka were in a better place than when he came into the side in 2000.

The elegant lefthander scored 45 runs against South Africa to take his tournament tally to 541, including his record four successive centuries, but it never looked like being enough as Sri Lanka were blown away at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Mar 18, 2015

Duminy takes hat-trick as Sri Lanka fall for 133

SYDNEY (Reuters) – All-rounder JP Duminy took a hat-trick as South Africa put one foot in the World Cup semi-finals by dismissing Sri Lanka for 133 in their last eight clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

Bidding to win their first ever knockout match at a World Cup, the Proteas bowlers removed both openers inside the first five overs and never eased up the pressure thereafter.

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