World Cup Quarterfinal 1: Sri Lanka Hold Edge, South Africa Hold Nerve

The first quarterfinal of the World Cup 2015 is to be played between South Africa and 1996 World Cup winner Sri Lanka at Sydney on 18th March. Both have played 58 matches so far with Sri Lanka leading just by 1 win so far. In Bilateral ODI series South Africa have defeated the hosts Sri Lanka in 2014, but they still lag behind. In current World Cup, Both have lost to the strong teams of groups and won 4 matches. On paper Sri Lanka appears set to lose at Sydney, unless South Africa choke at the sight of knock out match. They have only won the knockout once when in ICC Knockout 2000/01 at Kenya, they defeated England by 8 wickets in the quarterfinal. Check the complete history of SA vs SL ODI rivalry.

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South Africa Bowling and Batting Statistics

Sri Lanka on the other hand has been going high on the form of top 3 batsmen. Yet, in terms of bowling they have nothing much to tackle South Africans.

Head to Head

    In 59 matches, Sri Lanka has won 29, South Africa has won 28 and 1 match was tied.
    Sri Lanka is only the second country, after Australia, against whom South Africa has lost more than won.
    Among Test Playing Nations, Except Bangladesh (33 won 4 lost) and England (34 won, 20 lost), South Africa is the only team against whom Sri Lanka has more wins than losses.

Record in World Cup Knockouts
Sri Lanka has raised its game every time they reach the knockouts.

    1996: 3 wins till final, Def Eng, India and Australia
    2003: Lost to Australia in Semifinal
    2007: Won Semis vs NZ, lost final to AUs
    2011: Won QF vs Eng, Semis vs NZ, lost final to India

South Africa appears scared of playing Knockouts. It has only won once in the knockout that too during ICC knockout tournament.

Head to Head in World Cup
SL vs SA at World Cup: SA 2, SL 1, Tie 1

    1992: Group Match
    SL def SA by 3 wkts, MOM: Arjuna Ranatunga
    Score: SA 195, SL 198/7
    1999: Group Match
    SA def SL by 89 runs, MOM: Lance Klusener
    Score: SA 199/9, SL 110
    2003: Group Match
    Tie between SL and SA (D/L), MOM: MS Atapattu
    Score: SL 268/9, SA 229/6
    2007: Super 8
    SA def SL by 1 wkt, MOMs: Langeveldt (South Africa) and Malinga
    Score: SL 209, SA 212/9

History of Knockouts for South Africa
They have won many championships but in ICC world cup knockouts they get cold feet for some reason. Even in 2011 they were the favorite. They bowled out record 6 consecutive teams to win all the 6 matches and top the group. But in next match, New Zealand defeated them.

    Semis lost to Eng by 1 run
    Eng def SA by 1 run (D/L method), MOM: Graeme Hick
    Score: Eng 252/6 (45 ov), SA 232/6 (43 ov)

1996: QF

    WI def SA by 19 runs, : Brian Lara
    Score: WI 264/8, SA 245


    Lost Semis to Aus after tie
    MOM: Shane Warne
    Score: Aus 213 SA 213

2003: Din’t sail through Group stage losing to WI, NZ, winning only against Kenya, Ban, Canada
2007: Semis

    Aus def SA by 7 wkts, MOM: McGrath
    Score: SA 149, AUs 153/3

2011: QF

    New Zealand def South Africa by 49 runs, MOM: Jacob Oram
    Score: NZ 221/8, SA 172

ICC KnockOut, 2000/01

    4th QF: England v South Africa at Nairobi (Gym) – Oct 10, 2000
    England 182 (44.1/50 ov); South Africa 184/2 (39.1/50 ov)
    South Africa won by 8 wickets

Head to Head: Bilateral series
They have played 7 bilateral series. South Africa have won 4 times, while Sri Lanka has won twice, including a whitewash at home. In the 30 matches of the bilateral series, South Africa won 16, Sri Lanka won 12 matches.

    1993 at SL 1-1 (3)
    2000-01 in SA 5-1 (6) for SA
    2002-03 in SA 4-1 (5) for SA
    2004 in SL 5-0 for SL
    2011-12 in SA 3-2 for SA
    2013 in SL 4-1 (5) for SL
    2014 in SL 2-1 (3) for SA

Head to Head: Other Tournaments: 13 SL, 8 SA
1993/94 C.A.B. Jubilee Tournament (Hero Cup) SA def SL by 78 runs
Mandela Trophy, 1994/95 (SA won tournament)

    Sri Lanka won by 35 runs
    South Africa won by 44 runs (revised target)

KCA Centenary Tournament, 1996/97: Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets
Wills Quadrangular Tournament, 1997/98

    South Africa won by 66 runs
    Final: South Africa won by 4 wickets

Standard Bank International One-Day Series, 1997/98

    South Africa won by 57 runs
    Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets
    South Africa won by 5 wickets

Emirates Triangular Tournament, 1998: Sri Lanka won by 57 runs
Singer Triangular Series, 2000

    Sri Lanka won by 37 runs
    Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
    Final: Sri Lanka won by 30 runs

Morocco Cup, 2002: SL won

    Sri Lanka won by 93 runs
    Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets
    Final: Sri Lanka won by 27 runs

VB Series, 2005/06

    Sri Lanka won by 94 runs
    South Africa won by 9 runs
    South Africa won by 5 wickets
    Sri Lanka won by 76 runs

ICC Trophy: 1 win each

    ICC Champions Trophy, 2006/07: South Africa won by 78 runs
    ICC Champions Trophy, 2009/10: Sri Lanka won by 55 runs

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