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South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Quarter-Final, Sydney

South Africa vs Sri Lanka - Brief History

Sydney: Head-to-head record for South Africa and Sri Lanka who meet in the first World Cup quarter-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

Total Played: 59
South Africa wins: 28
Sri Lanka wins: 29
Tied: 1
No result: 1

First ODI: Benson & Hedges World Cup - 14th match, Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets at Basin Reserve, Wellington on March 2, 1992
Last ODI: 3rd ODI, South Africa won by 82 runs at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota on July 12, 2014

World Cup matches:
Mar 02, 1992 - Wellington Sri Lanka won by three wickets
May 19, 1999 - Northampton South Africa won by 89 runs
Mar 03, 2003 - Durban Match tied
Mar 28, 2007 - Guyana South Africa won by one wicket


  • Seven of the last eight one-day internationals between these teams have been won by the team that batted first. All eight of these matches were played in Sri Lanka.
  • The last 16 ODIs between South Africa and Sri Lanka have produced eight wins apiece.
  • Lasith Malinga recorded the only instance in ODIs of a bowler taking four wickets in four balls in the 2007 World Cup clash between these teams, a one-wicket victory for South Africa.
  • Kumar Sangakkara needs one stumping to become the first wicket-keeper to take 100 ODI stumpings.

Key players

AB de Villiers:
His last innings at the SCG was a staggering 162 not out off 66 balls which included the quickest 150 in an ODI, off just 64 balls, against the West Indies in a pool match.

Kumar Sangakkara:
The veteran wicket-keeper has been in sensational form with the bat at this World Cup becoming the first man to score hundreds in four successive ODIs with innings of 105* against Bangladesh, 117* against England, 104 against Australia and 124 against Scotland. A left-hander with a supreme ability to pace an innings, the 37-year-old plans to retire from ODI cricket after the World Cup.

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