South Africa penned an historic victory at the CWC 2015 this Wednesday, when they beat Sri Lanka by 133 runs with and a jaw dropping 32 overs to spare.
The win was not only epoch-making because it was the first victory against a test playing nation at this World Cup. But it was also South Africa’s first knockout match victory in seven attempts spanning seven tournaments over 23 years period.
The match also included some historic performance with Tahir taking 4-26 and JP Duminy a career best 3-29, while the batting order was lead by a home by Quinton de Kock’s unbeaten 78 from just 57 balls.
However, Captain AB de Villiers sitting alongside man of the match Imran Tahir at the post-match press conference said that the South Africa’s overwhelming, nine-wicket victory does not mean anything yet.“You’re going to have to start over again, and the hard work starts now. We didn’t come all this way to say that we made it to a semifinal of a World Cup. We want to go all the way as a team, and we believe we have the right group here to achieve that. We’ll just have to regroup again.” said the AB de Villiers.
About Quinton de Kock’s innings, AB de Villiers was very complementary of the players performance when he sad: “At that age to go through a patch like he has been going through, to come out there in a quarterfinals of the World Cup with confidence shows what kind of player he is and what he can achieve in his career, and I’m looking forward to the next few games to see him up the order again.’
The Proteas play the winner between West Indies and New Zealand who will clash on their quarter-final fixture scheduled for Saturday the 21st of March.