No choking as Proteas earn place in semifinals

The Proteas made their own history by winning their first ever World Cup knockout match.

Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga look on as South Africa’s Quinton de Kock takes a run during the 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Sydney on 18 March, 2015. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Proteas have made their own history by beating Sri Lanka by nine wickets in Sydney to book their spot in the World Cup semifinals.

The Proteas, who headed into the match having never won a knockout game in the competition's history, were put in to bowl after Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews won the toss.

Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis guided the team to victory with the bat.

De Kock made an impressive 78 off 57 balls while Du Plessis scored 21 off 31.

Minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula couldn't contain his excitement. He tweeted:

The Captain promised they won't choke and the team delivered. In A.B we trust !!

Bunch of Semi-Finalists !! #ProteaFire

Hashim Alma was the only wicket to fall before the break at the Cricket World Cup quarterfinal match at the SCG.

The opener was caught by Nuwan Kulasekara at third man for just 16 off a Lasith Malinga delivery.

Earlier, South Africa dismantled the Sri Lankan batting order after dismissing the islanders for 133 all out.

Imran Tahir (4/26) and JP Duminy (3/29) stole the show by picking up seven wickets between them.

Malinga (3) was the last wicket to fall.

He was caught by David Miller off an Imran Tahir delivery a few minutes after they returned to the crease when a passing shower had stopped play earlier.

The last wicket to fall before the rain was danger man Kumar Sangakkara (45) who was caught by Miller of a Morne Morkel delivery.

Duminy got his hat-trick after dismissing Kulasekara (1) who was caught behind by De Kock.

His other victims included captain Mathews (19) and bowler Tharindu Kaushal (0).

Tahir's three other wickets were Thisara Perera (0), Mahela Jayawardene (4) and Lahiru Thirimanne (41).

Du Plessis and Kyle Abbott returned to the side as Vernon Philander and Farhaan Behardien sat out, a decision which paid off after Abbot claimed the first wicket of the match in the opening over.

Opening batsman Kusal Perera was caught behind for just 3 of 10 balls.

Tillakaratne Dilshan was the next man to walk back to the pavilion, but had nothing to show for the seven balls he faced.

He was caught brilliantly by De Villiers off a Dale Steyn delivery.