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South Africa cruise into Cricket World Cup semi-final with nine wicket victory over Sri Lanka

Quinton de Kock celebrates reaching 50 runs. Photo: Reuters

P Duminy's hat-trick and a much-needed half-century for Quinton de Kock carried South Africa to an easy nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first World Cup quarter-final.

Bit-part spinner Duminy's first career treble even stole the spotlight from man of the match Imran Tahir's four for 26 as Sri Lanka were rolled for 133 at the SCG.

Opener De Kock had made only 53 runs in his previous six innings in the tournament, a tally he surpassed in this innings alone with 78 not out as his side took only 18 overs to chase their target.

Remarkably it was South Africa's first ever win in a World Cup knock-out match, as well as the biggest ever in terms of balls remaining.

Kushal Perera misses a catch on a dismal day for Sri Lanka. Credit: Reuters

Sri Lanka's elimination ends the one-day international careers of their stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara, who followed his four successive centuries in the tournament by top-scoring with 45, and Mahela Jayawardene. Both had already announced their retirement from ODIs, and Jayawardene from all international formats.

At the halfway point of their innings Sri Lanka were 87 for four with Sangakkara cautiously chipping his way towards another score of substance, though Angelo Matthews fell to Duminy for 19.

Thisara Perera was removed for a duck in the next over by Tahir and Nuwan Kulasekara followed as De Kock pouched another Duminy delivery.

Sri Lanka were in free fall and Duminy completed his hat-trick by trapping Tharindu Kaushal plumb in front for a duck.

Sangakkara ignored the script and smashed two fours to reach 45 but promptly holed out to David Miller off Morne Morkel when attempting a cut.

The players shake hands after South Africa's victory. Credit: Reuters

All of a sudden rain forced a break in play and Sri Lanka added just six runs upon the resumption before Lasith Malinga slapped Tahir straight to cover.

Proteas openers Hashim Amla and De Kock put on a rapid 40 before the former was caught in the deep by Kulasekara for 16, Malinga narrowly escaping a no-ball verdict.

De Kock had a difficult over against debutant spinner Kaushal in which he was beaten once and also almost gloved a catch to a close fielder, but he progressed to a 39-ball half-century.

A steepling leg-side shot was almost brilliantly caught by the diving Kusal Perera, who instead could only parry the ball into the boundary rope, and fittingly De Kock finished the job with his 12th four - three more than Sri Lanka managed as a team.