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AB De Villiers (2nd from left) of South Africa as Angelo Mathews (next to him) looks on during the toss at Sydney on Wednesday © Getty Images

South Africa crushed Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Quarter-Final to break their dubious long-standing record of never having won a World Cup knockout match. Imran Tahir and JP Duminy snared seven wickets between them — which included a hat-trick from Duminy — as South Africa were left with just 134 to chase. Quinton de Kock then scored a superb unbeaten 78, as South Africa won by nine wickets with 32 overs to spare — another World Cup record.

With this win, South Africa have finally shooed the World Cup monkey off their back. The other teams ought to be extremely wary of the Proteas now. That South Africa have been perpetual favourites was never in question; it was only their temperament that was in doubt. Their win today will put paid to all that.