South Africa off-spinner JP Duminy took a hat-trick in the World Cup quarterfinal against Sri Lanka in at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday. With this brilliant performance, Duminy became the first South African to register a World Cup hat-trick.
On his way to get hat-trick, Duminy struck with the final ball of the 33rd over to get Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews caught by Faf du Plessis at short mid-wicket for 19. And with the first two balls of his next over, he had Nuwan Kulasekara caught behind for one and finally trapped debutant Kaushal lbw for a golden duck.
The first hat-trick of the tournament was taken by England pacer Steven Finn against Australia on the very first day of the event.
Duminy is the eighth bowler to achieve a World Cup hat-trick, with Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga having two to his credit at the top level tournament.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s bowlers left their side on the brink of the Cricket World Cup semi-finals after dismissing Sri Lanka for just 133.
The Proteas have never won a knockout match at the World Cup but a failure to do so now would count as their greatest ‘choke’ of all.